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Hindman Cave Project

Project Chairman: Mike Wolf (mwolf@tcis.net)

Cave Background

A vast muddy maze formed within the Vanport Limestone underlying Armstrong County, Pennsylvania’s West Franklin Township, Hindman Cave is only partially explored. A current survey depicts only about a mile of passageways, just a fragment of what awaits future explorers. The cave is truly impressive.

Hindman is one of the most unique and significant caves in Pennsylvania. Whenever serious surveying resumes, we fully expect it to move rapidly up the list of the state’s longest caves, possibly eclipsing Harlansburg Cave.

Cave conservation through landowner realations...

Hindman Cave is not owned by cavers or by a conservancy, but it serves as an excellent example of how cavers can work with friendly and supportive cave owners to keep a cave open for continued exploration and studies.

Prior to September 8th 2001 Hindman Cave was in need of a new safe and modern entrance structure to replace the functional but semi-permanent corrugated metal pipes. Additionally, the very cooperative owner has requested a lockable gate on the entrance because it’s in his back yard and close to his grandchildren’s residence.

Below: Old entrance structure.
Old Hindman Entrance

New Entrance Construction

The new entrance has been installed making the cave safe to enter. You can read an excellent article on the entrance construction in Volume 15, Issue 1, Fall 2001 edition of the Loyalhanna Troglodyte. This issue is availible in the Grotto Library.

Some photographs of Hindman Cave and the entrance construction can be found in the "Photos" section of this website.



It’s not too late be become a Hindman Cave keyholder! Checks can be made payable to:

Loyalhanna Grotto
Hindman Cave
P.O. Box 1204
Indiana, PA 15701




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