This meetup is led by GWH Ambassador Christienne Adrick!
Please note: This meetup is restricted to 4 people due to limited parking and tour availability. In order to maximize our chances of being on the first available tour as a group, an Eventbrite ticket is REQUIRED to attend this event. Eventbrite access and instructions can be found below. RSVPing YES to the Facebook event does NOT guarantee your spot at this event.
Florida Caverns State Park
Cool air, the sound of dripping water, a visual array of mystifying stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and draperies–this is what greets visitors when they explore the otherworldly depths of Florida Caverns.
Guided Flashlight Tour
Due to the power outage, every visitor participating in the cave tour will need a flashlight. A limited number of flashlights will be provided but must be returned at the end of the tour. Visitors will have the option to buy a Florida Caverns State Park monogrammed flashlight, at a discounted price, if bought from the gift shop at the time of the cave tour ticket purchase. Arrive early, cave tickets may sell out in advance.
What to Expect
Tours depart near the Visitor Center where visitors learn the safety precautions that are needed to participate, including having to stoop many times to pass through areas with a ceiling height of 4 1/2 feet for distances as far as 15 feet in length, narrow passages, 50 descending steps (possibly 50 ascending if the tour is modified due to high water conditions), slippery walkways, and the importance of not touching anything inside the fragile cave environment.
Visitors will walk 350 feet to the cave entrance and down 35 steps using a handrail. When entering the caverns, it will take a few moments to become acclimated to the dimly-lit environment and year-round 65-degree temperature. The tour moves at a leisurely pace through a dozen cave rooms where the visitors are verbally guided through the cave's history, early uses, and interesting geological formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstones. Visitors may occasionally encounter some of the animals that call the cave home such as bats, mice, cave crickets, salamanders, cave spiders and the occasional snake or frog.
As the tour concludes, visitors ascend a 15-degree walkway to emerge into a hardwood forest and enjoy a self-paced walk back to the Visitor Center.
If you are a registered member and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so I can initial it! If you’re not a registered member, you’re more than welcome to attend anyway! You can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here: https://girls-who-hike.myshopify.com/products/gwh-new-member-kit
I will not be handing out punch cards at this event. They’re available through purchase of a New Member Kit only.
GWHFL Official Meetup: Florida Caverns Guided Flashlight Tour
Trail Rating: GREEN: Mellow hike, easy to follow, elevation gain of 1,000ft. and under, low altitude. Novice hikers welcome! Closed toe shoes are recommended, and a flashlight is required. If you are claustrophobic or speluncaphobic in ANY way possible, this tour is NOT recommended for you.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. EST at specified meeting location (details to follow) and caravan to destination by 9:00 a.m. CDT
Water Required: None (No food/drinks allowed inside the cave)
Gear Required: Closed toe shoes are recommended; a flashlight is required. Tour rules prohibit backpacks, large purses, and bulky totes so pack personal items accordingly.
Permits / Passes: $5/vehicle + $10.75/person for cave tour + extra fee if you need to buy a flashlight
Trailhead Coordinates / Address: 3345 Caverns Rd., Marianna FL 32446
1 ticket per member/attendee
**TICKETS WILL GO LIVE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST at 7:00 PM CDT**
ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER WITH THEIR NAME ON TICKET AND SIGN THE LIABILITY WAIVER BELOW. IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED THE LIABILITY WAIVER, YOUR TICKET WILL BE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE SYSTEM UPON CHECKING.
***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***
LINK TO WAIVER: http://bit.ly/GWHLiabilityWaiver