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Rappel/Climb Details

Type of Drop/Climb
On the Wall
Experience
Novice
Height
80
Safety Notes
After heavy rains, the waterfall can turn into a torrent with a swirling whirlpool at the base of the sinkhole as the water from the upstream cave swirls into the lower cave. After heavy rains, this water can be 10 feet deep and will flush you down like a toilet.
Rigging info
Trees at the north side, or rocks are plentiful
Access
300 yards east of Snail Shell Cave Rd. Access has been sketchy over the years.

Location

State

Geographic Location

Latitude
35.78
Longitude
-86.54

The rappel, from the top of Snailshell sinkhole, isn't all that high of a drop, but it is rather spectacular.  It can be bounded in only one bounce off the wall.  After dropping over the edge, there is a free swing into open space, then a slippery wall drop to the sink floor.  You can climb the west wall back to the top.  This is a great drop, and particularly can be fun after mild rains, allowing you to splash down into the water at the bottom.  Super fun.

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Editor reviews

 
Snail Shell Sinkhole 2012-02-19 01:36:19 Shane Lewis
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Safety Rating 
 
5.0
Scenery 
 
4.0
Accessibility 
 
4.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Big Nuts Tilt 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Shane Lewis    February 19, 2012
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Snail Shell Cave Rappel

Awesome place!

Review

Good Points
Fun drop into a cave sink, summer rappel through the falls is refreshing and fun.
Bad Points
After very heavy rains, it can flood at the bottom and can prevent a safety risk. If one were to fall into this whirlpool without restraint, there could easily be no rescue.
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