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Cave Details

Type of Cave
Horizontal Cave
Experience
Novice
Accessed Length
450 feet
Access-Cave
3 Miles SW of Smyrna, and 1.1 miles west of the Mt. View Church at 620 feet.

Location

City

Geographic Location

Latitude
35.95
Longitude
-86.57

The history of this cave is really what really makes it interesting, it's fairly accessible which it makes it easy to get to.

The mouth is 20 feet wide and 5 feet high. The cave trends south­westward for 450 feet along joints that strike S. 400 W. and west. It is 5 to 30 feet high and 1.5 to 8 feet wide. One side passage, 75 feet in length, was noted. A few dripstone formations are present, and the cave is damp and muddy in the back.

The main passage is finally blocked by a rockslide. In 1951 three youths discovered three medallions in this rock pile. One of these me­dallions depicts John Calvin, and another was apparently struck to cele­brate a marriage. The medallions seem to be of considerable age, and their occurrence in the cave is not readily explained.

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Editor reviews

 
Cave of the Medallions 2012-02-18 20:41:41 Shane Lewis
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Safety Rating 
 
5.0
Formations/Geology 
 
2.0
Accessibility 
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
2.0
Big Nuts Tilt 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Shane Lewis    February 18, 2012
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Recommended if in the area and not much else to do.

Review

Good Points
History of finding some medallions in the breakdown pile at the end of the cave makes this cave fairly notable.
Bad Points
Not very long, or exotic
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