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Open House

The next Great Saltpetre Preserve Open House is:

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 10am to 3:30pm
   Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 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

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