. . Crystal Onyx Cave . . . We're Not Mammoth, but we are Spectacular

Undeveloped caves on the property

April 1990 survey "This cave is a MITT-DROP PIT. Difficult

Little Niagara Cave

The entrance to Little Niagara Cave is located off the road just prior to reaching Crystal Onyx Cave. It starts as a 30 foot drop to the top of a talus slope. At the far end of the passage, a stream enters through a small hole in the ceiling. The second drip of 34 feet is at the base of the talus slope and cavers at this point are accompanied by the stream while negotiating a narrow opening at the top of the drop. 

The second level continues in a westward direction but becomes too small for humans. The third drip is 54 feet deep and requires rigging in the stream. At the bottom of the third drop, a large flowstone mass at the base of the far wall engulfs the stream at floor level. Climbing up the far side of the room one finds a small pit and a few formations.

The owners at Crystal Onyx Cave insist that everyone who wild caves on their property check in and out at the gift shop, It is very important here, as everywhere, that you do not leave trash on the grounds or in the caves.

Rookie Drop

Rookie Drop is located on the grounds of Crystal Onyx Cave. The drop once rigged. Makes for an interesting descent as you make your way through logs, roofing tin and wooden frame that covers the pit. the pit is 82.5 feet deep with a ledge about 50 feed down. This ledge makes a good spot to take pictures of the shaft  and the fluted walls. Before rappelling the rest of the drop, it would be wise to place a rope pad at this ledge.

Once on the bottom, one finds some historical garbage and a passage to the left and one to the right. The one to the right meanders for about 40 feet before terminating in a small room. This passage has popcorn walls and formations in the room. The passage to the left from the entrance drop leads about 20 feet where it abruptly ends. Near the bottom of this area, two leads are noticed. The left hand lead is reported to be low and wet, and was not pushed. The right hand lead continues for 22 feet to a room that was too narrow to enter.

The owners at Crystal Onyx Cave insist that everyone who wild caves on their property check in and out at the gift shop, It is very important here, as everywhere, that you do not leave trash on the grounds or in the caves.

Survey by Louisville Grotto drafted by Steve Gentry. April 11, 1990
Rogers Discovery is located on the north side of Prewitts Knob and named or Roger Roger Brucker.

Rogers Discovery Rescue

Indiana caver rescued long after he fell and broke leg.

Glasgow, Ky 2/10/96 – A caver who had broken a leg in a fall and spent nearly 12 hours in a privately owned Barren County cave was rescued early today. Pat Marcee, 19 of Indianapolis fell about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He was too far into the cave to get out without assistance, said Thomas Wood, an employee at the cave.

A rescue team made up of spelunkers from around Kentucky brought Marcee out about 4 a.m. yesterday, Wood said. Marcee, an experienced caver, had been in the Rogers Discovery cave before and was part of a team guiding geologists through it for a survey, Wood said.  Rogers Discovery Cave is near Crystal Onyx Cave, a few miles  east of Glasgow.

Marcee underwent surgery yesterday at T. J. Simpson Community Hospital in Glasgow. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in stable condition.

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One of the most beautiful caves in Kentucky!

Open from 11 a.m. to the last tour at 8 pm.  Come and visit us!

Crystal Onyx Cave * 425 Prewitt’s Knob Road, Cave City, KY 42127 * (270)773-3377 

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