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Postby BrianFrank » Jul 9, 2012 10:17 am

I took two teens to Anderson Spring cave Sunday (Lafayette Ga). We had a great time! The water was low enough that we only got wet up to our knees. Saw some 6" red salamanders with black spots, a dozen (very healthy looking) bats, and a large bull frog that we caught in the cave and released at the entrance. The different levels with formations is quite amazing and in excellent condition. I guess since the cave is difficult to get to, very few people have had the opportunity to destroy the pretties. We only made it back halfway to the PVC container and look forward to seeing all of it in the future.

The hike back up to the car at the top of the mountain is brutal in 95 degree weather, especially if you are soaked. Too bad some agreement can't be worked out with the landowner to park near the cave. I would have paid a healthy parking fee to not have to walk up the mountain. If I had a mobile phone on me I would have called a taxi to drive me up to my car:-)

Would love to know who has made it back to the end of the cave. On my map that is where there is a 25' waterfall. Questions....are there more pretties in the last half of the cave and does the water get much deeper requiring any swimming?

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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby Dat5un » Sep 5, 2012 1:18 am

I have been to the end of the cave. There is a 4 foot waterfall which we thought was the end. Luckily one of us decided to climb over the top of it and explore further. Sure enough there was the 25ft waterfall right around the corner. There is a rope hanging from it, tied up so as not to be in the water! I had no idea I would find that there so I wasn't prepared with vertical gear, but I guarantee I will be back to climb up and explore beyond. Anderson Springs is a great cave, Really enjoyed it!!
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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby ON_ROPE » Sep 9, 2012 6:18 pm

The reason Anderson Spring is nice like it is because it has been protected by access issues for many years. The state owns the cave and allows access via a long walk. They have specifically asked the adjacent landowner NOT to allow access to help protect the cave. He has agreed.
If you make the trip back to the waterfall you will get wet, very wet. There is an ear dip in one place. Also remember this cave can flood and cut off your route to the entrance. It happened in 1979 it will happen again.
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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby mattfisher22 » Nov 22, 2016 9:05 am

Can anyone share the best legal way to access Anderson Spring Cave?

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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby bennettbike » Feb 17, 2017 10:55 am

lol, run around the mountain and run down some jeep trails... use the topo, its out there... find it.

and... whats beyond the hanging rope. does anyone actually know if anyone has found the real end and exhausted any leads off the main path that far back? maybe ill spend a day in there in a couple weeks.
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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby BrianFrank » Feb 17, 2017 12:29 pm

I don't have the exact GPS to tell you. But, as was just stated, if you look at a Topo map it's above the cave at the top of a ravine. There is a well-worn path. It's a healthy walk back up the mountain when you are tired, be prepared. You will get soaked, plan on it.

As far as if Anderson has been fully explored? Most will say yes, but a couple people well know in the TAG community have told me that there is a crumbled rock area near the end that is very treacherous to try and climb over (or maybe through?), so people have given up pushing this lead because it's not worth the danger.
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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby bennettbike » May 31, 2017 4:01 pm

Can somebody just go map past the 25 ft waterfall and let us know. The suspense kills me and I have no time for that.
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Re: Anderson Spring Cave

Postby BrianFrank » Jun 13, 2017 9:09 pm

I'm sure some have pushed to the hard end, but very few post their trip reports anymore. Too busy? No interest to include others in the love of caving? Who knows.
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