This month’s local adventure is inspired in part by the Times Free Press article regarding Southeast Cave Conservancy Inc’s (SCCi) recent land acquisition in North Georgia. The donated property on Lookout Mountain extending into Johnson’s Crook in Dade County, Georgia contains more than 30 known caves, the highest concentration of caves in the Southeast according to SSCi, and will become the Charles B. Henson Preserve at Johnson’s Crook. SCCi plans to turn the preserve into a major recreation and conservation area by adding hiking and biking trails that connect with other preserves in the area. We’re excited for SCCi and can’t wait to see what becomes of the new preserve! In honor of SCCi and their conservation work and since February is often the coldest month of the year here in Chattanooga; the thought of spending much time outside has little appeal, so we’ve decided to take you underground instead. Did you know there are over 7,000 known caves within an hour’s drive of Chattanooga, including parts of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia (TAG). Guided cave tours are a great outdoor activity to do on extremely cold or bad weather days because cave temperatures stay a constant 55-60 degrees. Commercial caverns and outfitters in the area offer guided cave tours ranging from an easy walk on wide pathways to getting down and dirty, muddy and cruddy on a wild cave adventure. Find your underground adventure in our February Newsletter.