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Cave Details

Type of Cave
Vertical Pit
Experience
Intermediate
Accessed Depth
186
Access-Cave
1.8 Miles SW of Viola and 1.4 Miles W of Chestnut Grove Church, on a side of a promontory of Cumberland Plateau at 1250 ft. You must cross a farmers field and then follow a creekbed to about 50' shy of the mountain summit.

Location

City

Geographic Location

Latitude
35.51
Longitude
-85.84

Conley Hole, sometimes called Viola Pit is one of the most outstanding examples of a classic pit in TN.  It opens at about 50' from the crown of the mountain, and is a bit difficult to find.  Upon arriving at the pit, there is a rock rim, some 10-15 feet thick , and after which the walls fall away.  This makes for quite a stunning rappel as you enter an underground dome as you rappel through the ceiling.  The drop is exhilarating and there is quite a large amount of flowstone decorations on the inside.  This is one of the more exciting pits I've done.

 

The bottom contains a high Talus cone, and the base of the cave is 200 feet in diameter.  There are no horizontal leads at the bottom.  A number of years ago (1910?), a platform was constructed across the mouth of the pit and visitors were lowered to the bottom on ropes.  A descent into the Conley Hole was said to be a popular Sunday afternoon pastime.  The platform has long since rotted and the visitors to the Conley Hole must now use their own means.

 

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Conley Hole 2012-04-15 16:28:44 Shane Lewis
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Safety Rating 
 
4.0
Formations/Geology 
 
4.0
Accessibility 
 
3.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Big Nuts Tilt 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Shane Lewis    April 15, 2012
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Awesome Pit.

Review

Good Points
Astounding experience and example of a classic pit
Bad Points
1 mile hike up the mountain, and hard to find.
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