Sequatchie Cave Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area

Sequatchie Cave Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area occupies an unassuming crook along a back road at the base of Sequatchie Mountain outside of Jasper, Tenn. A clear-running creek flows from the mouth of the cave—known to locals as Blowing Cave—to form Owen Spring Branch, a tributary of the Little Sequatchie River within the Sequatchie Valley.

Sequatchie Cave is a pristine example of the biological diversity that makes the American Southeast truly unique. The site is home to two aquatic species found exclusively at this location and one other in Southeast Tennessee: the royal snail (Marstonia ogmorhaphe) and Sequatchie caddisfly (Glyphopsyche sequatchie).

Sequatchie Cave is the only known place where both species co-occur, so visitors should be mindful of these species when they visit. The royal snail tends to prefer the cold shallows of the creek, so visitors should avoid walking in shallow areas along the side of the creek where they reside. The Sequatchie caddisfly is a tunnel-building insect that can be found underneath tree overhangs and on wood within the creek, so visitors should avoid these areas, as well.

For more information about Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/sequatch or call the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 615-532-0431.

 

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Latitude: 35.120202 Longitude: -85.593926 Elevation: 638 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

This pristine aquatic setting, a former Tennessee Department of Transportation roadside park, was designated as a Class II natural-scientific state natural area in 2001. Public access is allowed, but is limited. Wildlife viewing is welcome; however, Sequatchie Cave is the only known place where the royal snail and Sequatchie caddisfly co-occur, so visitors should be mindful of these species when they visit.

Because of the occurrence of bats with white-nose syndrome in Tennessee, caves on state-owned lands are closed to the public until further notice. Cave closures are in effect at this and all other state natural areas where caves are located.

 

Seasons Accessible

Sequatchie Cave Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area is open throughout the year during daylight hours for wildlife viewing. Parking and a picnic area are available. The natural area is operated by Marion County Government and the Division of Natural Areas.

Fees

No fees.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The site is not ADA accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed.

How to Get There

Sequatchie Cave is a Class II natural-scientific state natural area located in Marion County, Tenn. From Highway 28, take Valley View Highway to Park Street in the community of Sequatchie, Tenn.

Comments

yes, dogs are welcome & will love the cave. come on over.

Doris Dutton, 8/3/2015

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