The next Great Saltpetre Preserve Open House is:
Saturday, May 20, 2023 - 10am to 3:30pm
Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 10am to 3:30pm.
(Note: The Open House is always the weekend after Mother's Day.)
Great Saltpetre Cave was a significant source of saltpeter for gunpowder during the War of 1812.
(Note: "saltpetre" is the old spelling.)
The property has been an important part of the Rockcastle County community. Join us 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.
2022 Open House Interview by WTVQ
2007 Open House Photos
More Cave Photos