Hesston Cave

Hesston Cave is a once-popular cave in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, near Raystown Lake. Owned by Dan Denton, who lived nearby, the cave was closed after years of abuse and vandalism. Dan and his friend David Bockoras gated the cave. MAKC arranged a lease, with limited access to the cave, and managed access to the cave […]

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Hesston Cave Access

The cave manager shall be informed of all trips to the preserve. To obtain access please send an e-mail to hesstoncave@karst.org requesting permission and the date and time of the proposed trip. Multiple dates ashould be suggested in the event there is a conflict. Please provide the number of participants in the requests and the […]

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Hesston Cave Management Plan

Approved February 8, 2003 and suspended following the passing of Dan Denton. Revised and approved October 17, 2020. INTRODUCTION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania leased Hesston Cave #1 and Hesston Cave #2 (Isett Ranch #1), Huntingdon County, Pa., on December 20, 2002. Hesston Cave was gated by […]

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Hesston Lease Resumed

 The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania has leased Hesston Cave #1 and Hesston Cave #2 (Isett Ranch #1), Huntingdon County, Pa., on December 20, 2002. Hesston Cave was gated by the owner, Dan Denton, in 1994 and closed to cavers shortly thereafter due to vandalism in the […]

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