Blast Cave

By Jeremy Patton

Blast Cave is located in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Circle Arch inside Blast Cave 7/10/16

Circle Arch inside Blast Cave 7/10/16

Delania and I made our first visit on 7/10/16. “Blast Cave” is not its official name, but we named it for the sake of this article.

It is so-dubbed because the entrance is located at the base of a cliff with drill grooves still visible above it. A section of the cliff was blasted away during road construction.

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Blast Cave entrance 7/10/16

When Delania first showed me the entrance, I worried that it was an unstable hole created by the blasting or a natural cave rendered unsafe by the damage. Amazingly, neither seemed to be the case.

Beautiful formations adorned the cave, one of the most prominent being a nearly circular arch, labeled “Chair, The” by vandals. It would have been even more enjoyable without spray paint marring the wall.

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We only explored perhaps 0.1 miles of passages due to the cave’s difficulty. There were few places where we could stand up. At six-feet tall and 38 years old, the constant stooping and crawling were hard on my knees. We are considering a return with proper equipment, such as knee pads, elbow pads and helmets.

Delania crawling around 7/10/16

Delania crawling around 7/10/16

Jeremy Crawling in Blast Cave 7-10-16

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There are several large caves in the vicinity and we wonder if Blast Cave might be part of a greater cave network.

We also encountered copious amounts of animal feces; crawling through the passages was like negotiating a mine field. Piles of dung resided in natural depressions in the floor, where some animals returned again and again to do their business. Even for my sweet girlfriend, a cave enthusiast and adventurous mother-of-three, the Doo-Doo Palace was too much. We did discover a few fresh piles, which were intriguing because they revealed the animal’s recent meal: berries. Do not worry, the cave crickets left nothing to waste.

Regrettably, I will not reveal Blast Cave’s location. Humans have inflicted enough damage already.

More graffiti

More graffiti

Delania and Jeremy Outside Blast Cave 7-10-16

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An experienced caving acquaintance of ours, Larry, said that he was part of a group that surveyed the cave decades ago. They found a moonshine still inside, so they named it “Moonshiner’s Cave.”

Added 7/13/16 – Updated 10/5/16