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.