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Open House for 2021 has been CANCELLED,
due to the COVID-19 resurgence.

Regretfully, to protect both the public and our volunteers, we have had to again CANCEL the 2021 Great Saltpetre Preserve Open House. Hopefully, by next Spring, most will have received the vaccine and it'll be safe to get together again. The dates now set for 2022 are:

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 10am to 4pm
    Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 10am to 4pm.

Great Saltpetre Cave was a significant source of saltpetre for gunpowder during the War of 1812.
The property has been an important part of the Rockcastle County community.
Join us in 2022 for:

  • Guided tours of the Cave.
  • Free soup beans and corn bread.
  • Food concession stand operated by the Livingston Fire Department.
  • Souvenir concession stand.
  • Miles of hiking trails.
  • Bring a picnic lunch.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring the whole family for a great day of interesting fun. The free cave tours last 45 to 60 minutes. The cave has electric lights. The cave floor is generally flat.  Dress for the cave environment - comfortable shoes and a sweat shirt. The cave is 57 degrees year-round. Bring a flashlight, if you wish.

Admission is free, but donations to the Preserve are always appreciated!

    See us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/thegreatsaltpetrecave/.


I-75 to Exit 59 (Mt Vernon/Livingston).  Go East on Route 25 for about 100 yards.
Turn Left onto route 1004, continue on route 1004 about 4 miles
until it comes to a "T" (Just past RR tracks and cement bridge).
Turn right and continue about 5 miles farther to the Great Saltpetre Preserve.


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