Underground caves
More passage uncovered

United States

#21 Apr 4, 2010
April 4- While the Easter bunny made his way around the land pelting children with hard boiled eggs, I was in the cave removing 60 square feet of dry soil from a passage which revealed another passage heading to the north. The chamber at the top of this passage was though to connect to the clay filled chamber appears not to connect at all. It heads west towards the neighbor's cave entrance.
I also removed two large rocks from the blockage under the second sink hole which appears to be a narrow pipe that drops around 20-25 feet from the surface.
AraChiya

United States

#22 Apr 16, 2010
Got new photos during an early April visit, found new passage, removed over 72 square feet of dirt. Photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywatcherclan/
Cari

Lady Lake, FL

#23 May 30, 2010
the cave off 484 is mostly hand made by the guy who lived on the property. there are four houses all built along the road by the limerock that was dug out of the tunnels. He dug till he died - right at the hole you see behind the open building entrance. it is private property so be careful. but most of all i think others have noted, don't leave garbage. and from neck tingling experiences i've had... try to respect the spirits, cuz you know these places are full of them!
Jeffrey

Auburndale, FL

#24 Jun 7, 2010
Wondering if any of you have the directions to Jennings Cave. I know its somewhere in or near the green belt. Have walked much in the area, but no luck finding the cave.
LOL

Tuscaloosa, AL

#25 Jun 7, 2010
The only cave I know of is in Coreys pants.
mitch

Waterloo, Canada

#26 Jul 9, 2010
rob wrote:
there are many caves in ocala and belleview the best are on 441 over by the old golf cart store it was once an attraction but was closed down due to road construction i will check back here later if any one wants directions
Can you tell me where this is at
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#27 Jul 28, 2010
Cari wrote:
the cave off 484 is mostly hand made by the guy who lived on the property. there are four houses all built along the road by the limerock that was dug out of the tunnels. He dug till he died - right at the hole you see behind the open building entrance. it is private property so be careful. but most of all i think others have noted, don't leave garbage. and from neck tingling experiences i've had... try to respect the spirits, cuz you know these places are full of them!
That one is called Lunday's Lucky Cave and was once commercialized. The property recently changed hands. I was under the control of the Central Florida Cavers but I have no idea if they updated their arrangements with the new owner. Tucks and Roadside caves are very near by. Two entrances to Dragon's Lair are almost around the corner. Don't trespass. Contact the Central Florida Cavers to possibly arrange a visit.
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#28 Jul 28, 2010
While assembly of the lodge continues on the property, we started digging out the second cave entrance. There are two small passages that may lead to the passage under the second entrance but they have to be dug out. Right across the 'street' is a larger sink hole and the passage appears to be heading for it.
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#29 Jul 29, 2010
Anthony wrote:
another cave i just remembered.. right behind lowes on SR 200 over by the hilton... very very large.. not much to explore but still it was fun!!
That one sounds like it is Waldo Cave or Hitchhikers Cave. It was much larger until the blasted the other side closed to build a shopping center. I think is is owned by the NSS now. Briar cave is near by.
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#30 Jul 29, 2010
If anyone here wants to help dig out the caves on my tribe's property, let me know. There's a lot of work and discovery to be made. [email protected] you will have to sign a waiver but you can join us for lunch at Belleview Pizza afterward... I would be happy to add your email to the newsletter list if you want. Please, no NSS members...
Allen

Tampa, FL

#31 Jan 17, 2011
Anthony wrote:
i have been in many caves in south ocala, santos, and belleview... i was really depressed when me and me friends snuck back to explore the old Ocala caverns right off 441 only to discover a more than necessary steel door welded shut... i realize why its there but i wish someone would buy the land and maybe reopen them....
there is a cave off the right hand side of the end of sw 52 street over by the right by belle chase and lemonwood, not too big but decent size with plenty of crawl spots..
there is also a very decent cave in the santos bike trails over by the vortex pit. small crawl spots and also some larger rooms..
there is also one in brick city park but is closed and only open for tours, i have always heard of one being behind the vacation host inn and kinda in the area of 441 and 475, over there by the new road built leading out to trinity catholic high school, i am interested if any one has any info on that cave, back when they were doing the old surveys in the news paper and showing maps of what the new road would look like they showed that lake there, and then some caves near it, but that was yrs ago and i dont remember where they are on the map... plz post info on these caves if you know anything...
thanx again for the cool breeze farm cave that was an interesting one.... looked like an old gang hideout or something... thanks for the coordinates "john from fruitland park" a man near by showed us some smaller caves down the road... but that entire area HAS to have more caves in the woods near-by.
Hey man could you send me some locations of caves? I'm new to this (just visited dames cave and peace cave yesterday) I don't want to harm the cave in any way. I just think it's cool exploring them. I'm having a REALLY hard time finding caves. If you could email me at [email protected], I would greatly appreciate it. This also applies to anyone who happens to read this and knows where caves are. Thank you so much!
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#32 Jan 18, 2011
Jeffrey wrote:
Wondering if any of you have the directions to Jennings Cave. I know its somewhere in or near the green belt. Have walked much in the area, but no luck finding the cave.
Jennings is not near the greenbelt, its west of Rainbow Springs, to the west of the county border and about 2 miles north of I believe its highway 40 which runs into Ocala. The one south of the greenbelt is Catacombs cave. I found the locations by looking of Catacombs and Jennings cave and there is a bat preservation site that showed almost the exact locations of four caves. Catacombs and Jennings are controlled by the caving clubs.
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#33 Jan 18, 2011
mitch wrote:
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Can you tell me where this is at
That one sounds like Ocala Caverns which is now a police dog training center with tours of the cave arranged through the local caving club.
AraChiya

San Jose, CA

#34 Jan 18, 2011
Allen wrote:
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Hey man could you send me some locations of caves? I'm new to this (just visited dames cave and peace cave yesterday) I don't want to harm the cave in any way. I just think it's cool exploring them. I'm having a REALLY hard time finding caves. If you could email me at [email protected], I would greatly appreciate it. This also applies to anyone who happens to read this and knows where caves are. Thank you so much!
There's a lot of caves in the green belt which of course eventually connects to the Withalacoochee(correct spelling not assumed) state park where many other caves can be found. The caves out side these areas are mostly controlled by the caving clubs. There are thousands of unexplored caves in the area. There is one in Ocala that is open for tours; White Cliffs. We have an unmapped and unexplored cave system under our land and to get beyond the easily accessed passages, we have to remove a lot of dirt and rock. There is one near by whose owner says leads to a large chamber under his house.
Because most of the known caves are controlled by caving clubs, they are gated and their exact location kept secret for obvious reasons. Trespassers have angered many land owners and they would close the caves to all.

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#35 Jan 18, 2011
Finally remembered I signed in to Topix as a member and I am trying to tie this to my page. So my online name is omegaltd instead of AraChiya.

Since: Aug 10

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#36 Jan 23, 2011
We returned to the land again today, after starting to pour the concrete enclosure for the lodge, I continued digging out the second sink hole and broke through to the cave entrance. I still have a lot of dirt to remove to make room so I can dig the entrance out, but I managed to snap of photo. Go to facebook to see.
Jonathan

Ocala, FL

#37 Feb 18, 2011
if anyone knows any good locations for caving that aren't too hardcore, PLEASE send them to me at [email protected] I would never harm one of the caves, just looking for a good time with some close friends. THANKS SO MUCH!!

Since: Aug 10

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#38 Feb 21, 2011
Jonathan wrote:
if anyone knows any good locations for caving that aren't too hardcore, PLEASE send them to me at [email protected] I would never harm one of the caves, just looking for a good time with some close friends. THANKS SO MUCH!!
If you want to help us dig out our cave we could use the help. There is work involved to open the passages to exploration. Presently I've been working on the lodge, clearing the trash and overgrowth on our newly acquired property and digging out the second cave entrance. I haven't had the time to go back in to the cave to remove more rock and dirt.

Since: Aug 10

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#39 Mar 10, 2011
We returned to the property on March 06. No work was done on the second cave entrance. Clearing garbage from the northern property line, two forming sink holes were discovered that were not there the last time I put in the markers. This confirms cave passage under the northern section of the parcel. The sink hole across the 'street' is at the center and there is out croppings in the road indicating there is cave passage going through the center of the parcel as well.

We are returning on March 20, the tribe's new year. This will be the first time the tribe has been able to celebrate the day on its land. However, the traditional fry bread pizza will not be made in favor of Belleview Pizza.

Since: Aug 10

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#40 Mar 22, 2011
On March 20, the tribal new year, we returned to the property to pour more cement for the lodge, clear more of the road, clean up more of the county property in front of the gate and put in some of the property lines doing a brief survey for a land owner. The cave entrance there is choked with leaves and roots but was blowing cold air... our cave never blew air like that and they are connected. This air flow indicates a large chamber below. I dug out some more clay from the second entrance. The lasted pictures are at my facebook page. A researcher at USF is interested in doing karst studies at the tribe's cave.

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