TAG Fall Cave-In

Welcome to the 40th ANNUAL TAG Fall Cave-In!
October 5-8th, 2017

 **This site will be updated with a new menu (T-Shirt Design Coming Soon!) so please visit us again – see you then!**

Registration is now open!!! 

Pre-registration discounts available through September 1st, 2017!
Register now before we swap to regular normal door prices.

Online registration is available all the way through the event.

Or you can kill a tree and mail in your registration before September 1st, 2017

Vendors, email tagvendors@dogwoodcitygrotto.org for vendor registration info.

Get your Cave on without leaving the Cave-In!

There are plenty of caves in TAG, but the most unusual cave is right at the heart of the Cave In. It’s a cave decorated with delicate helictites, arid gypsum flowers, suspended rafts, and dripping pools. You’ll find bat roosts, salamander habitat, ancient cave paintings and artifacts. And it’s traveled all the way from Colorado so that you can explore it, for free. Take just a few minutes from your busy Cave In schedule to visit CaveSim in the big silver trailer at the end of Vendor Row.  Bring your cave gear, or borrow ours, and wend your way through 60ft of artificial cave passage while trying to avoid the delicate speleothems. Be careful, because each formation you hit (and each creature you disturb) gives you a damage point on the computer. After your trip, see exactly which formations you grazed by looking at your detailed score on the computer.  If you’re feeling competitive, enter our version of the SpeleOlympics, with women’s, men’s and youth categories in a variety of challenges for individuals and groups. Don’t feel like caving? Stop by CaveSim anyway to see the 3.5 ton cave that Colorado caver and MIT engineer Dave Jackson has built from scratch, including all the artificial formations and electronics that detect “damage” done by participants. Watch on the night-vision cameras as other cavers crawl and climb through the cave. Hear the story of how a cave rescue training inspired the project. CaveSim is free, fun, caver-made, and it even smells like a cave thanks to SpeleoSoap. Come caving with us!


The Saturday Night Band this year – Crowd favorite AUNT BETTY!!!


October 5-8, 2017 at West Fork Little River – the same terrific spot we have enjoyed for the past 12 years!

Howdy, I’m Jeff Martin. I’m your 2017 Cave-In Chairman. Along with my Co-Chairman, Lesley Colton, we want to invite you to the biggest and best caver party yet. This will be the 40th time we have all gathered together – and that’s worth raising your glass for! Stay tuned here and on Facebook as we get nearer to the date for information, registration and t-shirt previews. We hope to see you there! Fun times are coming!

For newcomers:

What is the TAG Fall Cave-In?

TAG Fire Photo by Chuck Canfield

The Cave-In is the Southeastern caving community’s yearly celebration of Caves and Caving. Attendance hovers around 1000 of your best caving friends. TAG is also the main fundraiser for the Dogwood City Grotto – to keep us going and helping new cavers, teaching safe vertical practices, and protecting caves and access to them. Any profit we make above operating expenses is returned to cavers in the form of Grants to various projects around the caving community

How do I attend?

Salamander photo by Chuck Canfield

You must be an active NSS member or a guest of an active NSS member to attend. Your NSS membership status data is fed to us every 24 hours but relies on the NSS office to process your membership or renewal. This can take a few days to iron out, so if you join or renew give it a few days to show up in our system. You can register online here (this is the preferred method It’s via Paypal, though YOU DO NOT NEED AN ACCOUNT), or you can print and mail in a registration form here (discouraged – harder to process in a timely way.) You can save a few bucks over the at-the-door price by Pre-Registering for the event. Pre-Registration is from July 1st through September 1st. The Cave-In begins at NOON ON THURSDAY and ends SUNDAY AT NOON. If you arrive early, plan on staying elsewhere until Thursday. You will not be allowed in early.


Should I plan on camping?

Hammock photo by Chuck Canfield

The vast majority of people camp out for the event – it’s half the fun! Besides, the closest hotels are roughly 20 miles away. The camping is primitive, with no electrical hookups, but the campground is excellent, dispersed style and mostly flat. All campsites are pre-existing. You are not allowed to cut trees to ‘make space’ or ‘create a campsite’. All campsites are first come first served. There are clean portable toilets in multiple locations across the site and a 10 stall shower house with hot water. There are gear washing/decontamination stations onsite also. We try to allow individual campfires, but only as burning conditions permit. We also have a large caving gear vendor area, with 10 or more of the finest vendors each year. We also have hot food available on site, and a wonderful dry pavilion if you don’t want to cook. 10lb. bags of ice are available from the food vendor. CELL SERVICE IS IFFY ON SITE. PRE-PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

Can I bring my RV?

Yes and no. Smaller campers OK (less than 20′). Originally we all car or tent camped – so the camp was not designed or intended for RV’s. All sites are first come first served. If you have a camper more than 20′, you will have a tough time finding room for it. All campsites are pre-existing. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CUT TREES TO “MAKE SPACE”. The roads are heavily wooded and narrow, with minimal improvement and large trucks will sink into the mud. There are no electrical hookups, and we do not allow generators (even quiet ones built into campers) so plan on boondocking. We also do not have any dump stations. We much prefer tents or small pop up campers. BE WARNED – WE HAVE HAD TO TURN AWAY LARGE 5TH WHEEL, AND CLASS A CAMPERS DUE TO MASSIVE SIZE.

What is there to do?

Besides caving your tail off, there are lots of things to be done on-site or nearby. Firstly, there are many excellent caves only a few miles from the Cave-In, and hundreds more within an hour’s drive. We have a climbing contest, 5k run, Morning Yoga, a Hot Tub and Sauna area, Walkabouts, hiking, biking, nearby canoeing / kayaking, excellent nearby top-rope, bouldering and TRAD/bolted rockclimbing, campsite decoration contest, sub-parties, Friday and Saturday night bonfire socials (as conditions allow) Movie night, Slideshow at the pavilion, cave information booth, squeezebox, (in)famous caver shaming, great live music… heck we even have our own radio station! And, we’re cavers, so you know that we’re some of the friendliest of folks – stop in and chat for a bit, anywhere you find yourself! NEW IN 2017: CAVE SIM WILL BE AT THE CAVE IN! GET YOUR CAVE ON WITHOUT LEAVING THE CAVE-IN!

Can I bring my 4 wheeler / Side-by-side / Dirtbike / Golf Cart?

TAG Fire photo by Chuck Canfield

No. We do not allow any off-highway vehicles. We do welcome bicycles, and personal battery powered medical scooters. If you have a hard time getting around, we suggest parking close to the vendor ring. (Vendors only INSIDE the ring – campers must stay outside the ring) If you bring your personal medical scooter, be warned that all roads are gravel at best, and it’s usually muddy to some extent.

Can I bring my pet?

No. Pets are not allowed. Please leave your furry friends at home!