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Clarksville cave is a popular horizontal cave in Albany County, NY. With
about 4800 feet of passage and three entrances, Clarksville is surely the
best-known and most-visited wild cave in the Northeast.
The cave preserve is
open from 7AM to 11PM (please be quiet around neighboring properties after 9:30PM) to the general public and includes a changing
area and informational kiosk.
safe caving and guidlines for the preserve are available
here as well as at
Special use groups such as summer camps, church groups, and school groups
are asked to contact the NCC special
use coordinators to schedule trips into the cave.
- Minimum group
size is 3; maximum group size is 15.
- All persons entering
the cave must have at least the following minimum equipment: helmet with
a chin strap; three (3) sources of light, one of which must be helmet
mounted; and knee pads.
- Cave exploration and hiking on karst terrain may involve risk or injury, even death from various hazards, both obvious and obscure, including, but not limited to, slippery and uneven ground, open pits, injury by acts of other people, falling, being struck by falling objects, becoming lost, the presence or sudden appearance of water, and hypothermia. All cave visitors are
expected to abide by the normally accepted rules of safe and conservation
minded caving as outlined by the National
Speleological Society, 6001 Pulaski Pike, Huntsville, Alabama 35810-1122.
- Clarksville Cave
must be treated as a unique natural resource, and nothing should be taken
out of the cave except trash.
- All work projects
must be clearly defined and authorized beforehand.
- Each group is
expected to clean up any trash in the cave or on the property.
- Special Use Groups: Insurance or certificate thereof may be required for private groups such as schools, camps, and scouts.
A waiver of liability form must be signed for each and every minor by parents. Groups such as the Boy Scouts will be required to show
proof that they are complying with their own rules regarding caving.
All caves on the preserve are closed October 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017 to protect hibernating bats.
Contact the manager (below) for additional information.
If you have questions about this preserve, please contact the Clarksville managers
Please see the links page for information on the permits and procedures for visiting this cave.
The management plan for the Clarksville Cave Preserve can be found
local newspaper coverage
Safe Caving and Preserve Guidelines Brochure
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