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Sat, Jul 22


McClure - Cold Springs Grove

Cave Talk

McClure Cave talk in Cold Springs Grove

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Cave Talk
Cave Talk

Time & Location

Jul 22, 2023, 10:00 AM – Jul 23, 2023, 12:50 PM

McClure - Cold Springs Grove, McClure, PA, USA

About the event

Members of the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a Pennsylvania non-profit organization that promotes the study of caves and karst, and which owns and manages caves, will be holding a small gathering in McClure Borough July 22-23. Several events during the weekend are free and open to the public, including a talk by Lewistown resident Rick Smith, who serves on the board of MAKC.

Smith will give a talk at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22 on the cleanup of McClure Cave, Snyder County, which the MAKC purchased in the winter of 2022. The cave had been secured with an entrance gate several years ago at the request of the previous owner due to extensive vandalism of the cave formations and spray paint graffiti. Smith will speak about the work cavers did to restore the cave, and, if time permits, speak about his participation in efforts to create a new map of the cave’s passages.

Following his talk, at Cold Springs Grove, home to the historic McClure Bean Soup Festival at the intersection of Jackson Street and Ohio Street, members of the public are invited to interact with cavers and share their recollections or photos about McClure Cave or other caves in the area.

As a special part of the weekend, interested residents who are in good physical condition and able to fit through a 2ft by 1 ½ ft opening and wish to visit McClure Cave will have the opportunity to sign up for trips on July 22nd at this link beginning July 17th:

Small groups will walk to the cave from the Bean Soup Festival grounds and be led on the trip by members of the MAKC. Each trip will take approximately 90 minutes. (Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) For additional information email

The MAKC is an all-volunteer organization that owns six caves in Clarion, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Snyder counties in Pennsylvania, and Pocahontas County, West Virginia; and has eight leased preserves in Huntingdon, Bedford, Cumberland, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania; in Hedgesville, West Virginia and in Front Royal, Virginia. It also helps the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manage three caves in western Pennsylvania; for those efforts in 2012 the organization received the Volunteerism Award from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. MAKC’s website is

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