When word came through that a decades long closed pit in Marion County, TN was up for sale, SCCi knew this was a unique opportunity to protect and reopen an incredible pit. Our goal was to raise $165,000 in 30 days to cover the purchase and infrastructure costs for Sinkhole.
Discovered in 1975, this 165 ft pit drops into an L-shaped cave that extends nearly 500 feet in a low and muddy crawl. Located within easy access to many other caves along the ridge, this will be a new addition to the weekend adventure list. While cavers of the 70's and 80's enjoyed Sinkhole for decades, the next generation awaits the same opportunity. Through responsible management and proper infrastructure, Sinkhole will be reopened with caving, camping and surface permit opportunities.