West Virginia Cave Conservancy

The West Virginia Cave Conservancy Inc., (WVCC)  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting important cave and karst resources of the Virginias for future generations.

Caves contain a fragile beauty only found underground.  In addition, their streams and passages provide irreplaceable environments for specially adapted, and often rare, species of animals, most of which could not survive elsewhere.

Protecting karst (limestone) landscapes is critical to our supply of clean drinking water.  Rural areas of West Virginia and Virginia rely heavily on water from springs and wells in limestone.


After a 2-year hiatus due to Covid, there will be a West Virginia Cave Conservancy Banquet this year. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in the Alumni Center at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. Everyone is welcome. You do not have be a WVCC member to attend. Look here for more details; Registration Form to the left is also printer-ready.

IN RECENT NEWS − Summer 2022

Friars Hole and Icebox Cave entrances:WVCC acquired a 3.5 ac parcel of land containing the two southernmost entrances to the Friars Hole Cave System. Please see the Friars Hole Entrance Preserve Management Plan on our Preserves Page for further information.

IN RECENT NEWS − Winter 2021

Harr #2 Cave: This Tucker County cave was donated by Rob Coleman, who will serve as the Cave Manager for the WVCC. The cave has 1,141 feet of surveyed passage and a depth of 19 feet. The northwestern passage, at the base of the entrance pit, opens into decorated walking passage that goes approximately 225 feet. To visit this new WVCC cave read the Harr #2 Cave Management Plan.

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