By Jeremy Patton
Blast Cave is located in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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