Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bluff River Cave, Alabama

River passage with Amy Skowronski (close), Ed Villareal (middle), and Shawn Hogbin (far).  August 2016
            Bluff River Cave is one of the many caves located in Little Coon Valley.  It is a horizontal cave with about a mile of large river passage.  The entrance is at the base of a bluff in an infeeder to Little Coon Creek.  In the summer a cascade of cold air cave be felt as far as the creek.  Immeditealy in the entrance is the Valley of Goo, a large passage filled with very slick mud banks and terminating in a large flowstone haystack formation.

The Valley of Goo with entrance light spilling in the far left.
(l-r) Amy Skowronski, Ed Villareal, and Deirdre Conroy. 
          From here the cave continues as a large river trunk with a mostly flat floor.  Only in one spot does one have to cut up and over through a side passage (where the Register is located).  A deep pool of water will get you wet up to your waist.  The cave passes a large flowstone formation (Echoes of Endor) and ends in a large breakdown room with a distinct looking column (the Monolith).

Deirdre Conroy at the Echoes of Endor

Amy Skowronski at the Echoes of Endor.

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