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caveman

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Aug 8, 2009
 
anyone have good directions for getting back to townsend cave and/or GPS coordinates. would love to take some pictures there

thanks
been a long time

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Aug 8, 2009
 
I was there about 30 years ago. Some time later I tried to find my way back, but the road down to it was gated. There's a back way there but I'm not sure of where it is. Brenda Campbell at PEP would probably know, her father wrote a book about the area and the families who lived there.
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Aug 10, 2009
 
caveman wrote:
anyone have good directions for getting back to townsend cave and/or GPS coordinates. would love to take some pictures there
thanks
Don't have GPS, but can tell you how to get there. You'll need an ATV though. How familuar with the Leeco area are you? Do you know where the Standing Rock Church of Christ is? It's a good place for me to start.
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Explorer wrote:
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Don't have GPS, but can tell you how to get there. You'll need an ATV though. How familuar with the Leeco area are you? Do you know where the Standing Rock Church of Christ is? It's a good place for me to start.


I do have an ATV and I have been there once before, but I cant for the life of me remember how to get back there again. Im not really familiar with Leeco or the Standing Rock Church of Christ. The last time I was out there I was riding from Fixer Road in Zoe. I looked up Standing Rock Church of Christ and it looks like thats at 1236 Larison Road and I found that on the map. Looks like that should be near the intersection of Fixer-Leeco Road and Larison Road. Where would I go from there?
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Caveman wrote:
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I do have an ATV and I have been there once before, but I cant for the life of me remember how to get back there again. Im not really familiar with Leeco or the Standing Rock Church of Christ. The last time I was out there I was riding from Fixer Road in Zoe. I looked up Standing Rock Church of Christ and it looks like thats at 1236 Larison Road and I found that on the map. Looks like that should be near the intersection of Fixer-Leeco Road and Larison Road. Where would I go from there?
I think that's the address of the paster and not the actual church. The church is located at the corner of KY 1036 and Big Bend Road. 1036 is the road that go's off of KY 11 at the Lee / Wolfe County Line and the church is probally around 1.5 - 2 miles from HWY 11 on the right. The church or the old Sun Oil building around the curve after it is a good place to park and go by atv from there. From here continue going down HWY 1036 and in 1/2 to 3/4 mile and you'll see a brick house on a hill on the left. Continue about 1/4 mile to a wide gravel road on the right. Take the gravel road and you'll pass a newer two story house on the left and then an area where cutzu vine is going alone the road. There's a road in the area of the vines that leads off to the left. It's about 1/4 mile after getting on the gravel road and I think there's some rusted poles there when a gate used to be (or maybe still is but it will be open. Take the road to the left that leads over the hill. The hill is long but not that steep. Just keep on the main most traveled road/trail and it will level out somewhat after reaching the bottom of the hill. You'll see some other less traveled trails that leave the main trail along the way but stay on the main road until you come to an area where more traveled trail leaves the main road to the right and go's over a little hill. If you pass this point on the main trail you'll soon come to a large mud hole big enough to swallow a jeep and there's no way around it. If you get to this point you'll know to turn and go back and look to the other trail now on your left. Near where the trail that bypasses the mud hole leaves the main road/trail there's an old barn. It easy to spot when the leaves are off but my be a little harder now. The trail goes through (and around) the barn and continues on down the hollow until it eventally turns to the left and back up onto the other road/trail below the big mud holes. Once back on the main trail it's not far until you have to cross a creek. After crossing the creek, turn right and take the trail (or ride in the creek) about 1000 feet or so until and trail starts up a small hill. If you riding the creek, you'll have to get out and back on the trail just prior to the hill beginning. The cave will be on the right just after starting up the hill. You don't notice the cave until you're right at it. It's probally 3-4 miles from the gravel road with comes of 1036. There's other ways of getting there but this is the easest to explain and the terrain is not overly rough either. Hope this gets you where you want to go.
caveman

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Aug 10, 2009
 
wow.. you make it sound so easy. lol. i definately know the general area that townsend cave is in now. i guess ill print your directions and head out there and hope i dont get lost sometime.
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#7
Aug 11, 2009
 
It's not one of J Swifts areas and Mr. Townsend did not have the little treasure that he was tortured to death for. Other than than have fun and try to keep your ATC out of the cave. Random visitors have really trashed a beautiful formation there.
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Aug 11, 2009
 
caveman wrote:
wow.. you make it sound so easy. lol. i definately know the general area that townsend cave is in now. i guess ill print your directions and head out there and hope i dont get lost sometime.
If by slim chance you can't find it let me know and I try to get out there with my gps and get the exact location for you.
caveman

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Aug 11, 2009
 
Hmmm wrote:
It's not one of J Swifts areas and Mr. Townsend did not have the little treasure that he was tortured to death for. Other than than have fun and try to keep your ATC out of the cave. Random visitors have really trashed a beautiful formation there.
I dont know the story behind Townsend Cave but it sounds like it might have an interesting history. Im just looking to take a few pictures.
I always tread lightly where ever I go and I am certainly not looking to trash anything.
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Aug 11, 2009
 
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If by slim chance you can't find it let me know and I try to get out there with my gps and get the exact location for you.
Im probably not going to be able to make it out that way at least until labor day weekend, so if by chance you or anyone else you know is heading that way before then, it would be great if you could get some coordinates. If not I'm sure ill find it one way or the other.
Teresa

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Feb 27, 2010
 
We go fourwheeling back there all the time its easier to show than to give directions.
Tim

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#12
Nov 7, 2010
 
37 43'2"N 83 45'1" W got me to Townsend Cave today with a great ride on the ATV and my Nuvi 500 GPS. Parked at the old Sun Oil building then took the next right on (gravel) Barker Ridge Road off of State Highway 1036. The first gravel road to the right is the trail head.
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Nov 7, 2010
 
oops, trail head in on the left off of Barker Ridge not right. Was thinking of the other cave further down 1036
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Lexington, KY

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#14
Dec 13, 2010
 
I'm wondering if it's still possible to get a Jeep or other street-legal 4WD down on those roads? I used to ride with folks who would go from Townsend Cave on down Billey Creek(?) to somewhere. Anyone know if that's still possible?
Judy Townsend Kilgore

Campton, KY

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#15
May 28, 2011
 
If anyone is still interested in the History of Townsend Cave I do have a copy of the book. You can contact me at my email adress judykilgore@hotmail.com James Tonsend was my 5th Greatgrand Father.
Happy Trails

Erlanger, KY

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#16
May 30, 2011
 
Hey Judy is this the "Townsend Mountain" book?
Very interesting reading with a lot of local points of interest!

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