|David Crawford exiting the downstream crawls in Mystic Cave, December 2013.|
Mystic Cave is a fun, wet, and decorated cave in Pendelton County, WV. After decades of open access by the landowner, a Mrs. Teter, the cave has closed due to her passing. Mrs. Teter was a big friend to the caving community and had a log book back to the 1970s of visitors to her wonderful underground spot.
|Tara and Seara Mallow at the main entrance to Mystic Cave, September 2015.|
Mystic has three entrances, the most commonly used entrance is the main entrance which takes a small stream. A short duck under brings one to a ladder down a ten foot waterfall and into the main trunk. The main trunk is about a mile long and averages 10-30ft wide and 10-50ft tall. The cave branches into a downstream and upstream section.
|The decorated downstream crawls.|
Downstream leads to a photogenic 11ft waterfall and ends abruptly when the water flows into a long series of crawls and tight canyon passage ending at the top of another 6ft waterfall. Beyond here the cave becomes a crawl, the stream sinks, and then it opens into the small downstream entrance.
|Emily Dillon in the upstream section of Mystic.|
Upstream leads through about a half mile of highly decorated stream trunk ending in a large room. One passes several waterfalls and gets pretty wet. Beyond the big room is another several hundred feet of cave ending in the small upstream entrance.
|Gage Casella, Tara and Seara Mallow in Mystic Cave.|