Welcome to Franklin County Grotto.

Cave Softly, Leave No Trace.

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Current Events

Top few events and link to the Speleo-Schedule

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FCG Holiday Party

Pouzerville Hunt Club
January 4 & 5

NSS Convention

Dailey, WV
July 27-31, 2020

TAG (Tennesee, Alabama, Georgia)

Early May 2020



Cave Closings

McFadden Cave
Fantasy Cave
Blacklog Cave
Sugar Cave
Curfman Cave
Peiper Cave
New Enterprise Property - P-Caves


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White Nose Syndrome
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Carnegie Cave

Usage Guidelines:

  • Use the map and instructions.
  • We are not permitted to use the parking area in the gravel lot that is 1/10 mile from the cave trail (West of the I-81 overpass).
  • Parking arrangements for Carnegie Cave --- PDF file for new parking at Carnegie Cave

Comments and Notes

  • No alcohol or drugs of any kind are allowed in the cave or on the park grounds.
  • Park restrooms are off limits to the cavers.
  • When changing clothes, be mindful that this park is used by children and the public.
  • Cavers must be properly equipped with a minimum of a helmet and 3 lights per person.
  • All cavers (or groups) must sign the register in the first room of the cave.


  • Do not break, disturb or collect any cave formations or wildlife in the cave. They are protected by Pennsylvania law.
  • For further information regarding use of this cave, obtain a flyer and map from Franklin County Grotto at:
  • The Southampton Township requested that Franklin County Grotto assist in the implementation of these rules. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the cave being gated and access revoked!

Cleversburg Sink

This cave is gated. Permission is required for access.

Water Level: 8ft below the bolt


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    Bill Geller Member-at-Large
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What you may want to know.

History and purpose of Franklin County Grotto

The Franklin County Grotto is part of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Formed in 1981, the Grotto is dedicated to the exploration and conservation of caves and the life that inhabits them.

Pennsylvania Land Use Law

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has enacted laws for the protection of land owners who allow the public onto their land for the purpose of sports and recreational activities. These provisions are located in Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Statutes, section 477, titled “Uses of Property - Recreation Use of Land and Water.”

Through the efforts of the caving community, legislation was passed to make an addition to section 477-2 (3). Definitions: to have cave exploration added for clarification. PDF Link

Important News On Meetings

When: Third Monday of every month (except December)
Time: Start at 7:00 p.m.
Where: “The Cottage Pub and Restaurant”
572 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg

Note: Tables in rear of restaurant are reserved for Grotto group. Food and drink are available.
Directions: I-81 to exit 14
West on PA 316 (Wayne Ave.) for 1 mile
“The Cottage Pub and Restaurant” is on LEFT at intersection with Coldbrook Ave. (at traffic light)


Membership Fees:
NSS members $10 per year
Non NSS members $12 per year
Spouses- NSS members $3 per year
Dependents (17 and under) $3 per year
Join July 1 or after Half of yearly membership
Lifetime Membership 20 X yearly membership fee.

Membership in the National Speleological Society (NSS) is encouraged but not required.
Download a copy of our Membership Application in PDF format from the link. FCG Application