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Princeton, WV

#1 Mar 26, 2011
Hey guy's does anyone know the location of any caves in the Bluefield area..
Just one

Rupert, WV

#2 Mar 26, 2011
There is a small one right across the road from Bluefield College and you can see a small opening in the base of the rocks that you can crawl into. It only goes back 100feet or so, but it's pretty cool. I heard there is one near Cole Chevy...or the mental health facility over on the south side of 460...but I don't know for sure where that one is. I heard it's big though.
just a man

Dickson, TN

#3 Mar 26, 2011
It goes further than that, you just have to crawl over a rock.
I've been all the way to the end, its a big room. Just a guess on my part, I'd guess its a mile to the end.
Just One

Rupert, WV

#4 Mar 27, 2011
Huh, over a mile? I swear I got to the very end which was a larger room and I could see no way to keep going. I guessed at the 100 feet but if there really is a mile worth of cave in there, that would be awesome.
just a man

Dickson, TN

#5 Mar 27, 2011
It's probably been over Thirty years since I was inside the cave, but there was a section that you had to crawl on your stomach, around a huge rock. The large room was what everybody called the "clay room" and we were told that it was under Bluefield College. The room had seats carved out of clay.
Anyway, have fun and be careful with your exploring, lol.
lol

Brea, CA

#6 Mar 27, 2011
brickyard cave in kegley, here's one in elgood, best thing is to join the nss. lewisburg is a great place and it's not far
Josh

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Mar 27, 2011
There are 3 by Cole chevy but with all the
Construction they are not stable anymore. Several in oakvale. One behind holiday inn .Never heard of the brickyard cave.
lol

Roanoke, VA

#8 Mar 28, 2011
just a man wrote:
It's probably been over Thirty years since I was inside the cave, but there was a section that you had to crawl on your stomach, around a huge rock. The large room was what everybody called the "clay room" and we were told that it was under Bluefield College. The room had seats carved out of clay.
Anyway, have fun and be careful with your exploring, lol.
bluefield college or bluefield state college? been in the one near blfd state, didn't know about blfd college
caves

Bluefield, WV

#9 Mar 28, 2011
There's one near BSC? Where? I just went to the one by Bluefield College yesterday....very cool. And where can I find the entrance to the one near Cole?
just a man

Dickson, TN

#10 Mar 28, 2011
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
bluefield college or bluefield state college? been in the one near blfd state, didn't know about blfd college
It's Bluefield College, right across from the golden dome. It's on the same side of the roadway as Walmart.
Just One

Rupert, WV

#11 Mar 28, 2011
Now I need to know, where is the entrance for the one near Bluefield State?
spelunker

Bluefield, WV

#12 Mar 28, 2011
East River Mountain is full of caves. I remember exploring the Beacon, whose entrance was around Bluefield Intermediate School. It went for miles beneath the mountain and the East River ran through it. One huge room in particular was called the crystal room due to the quartz in the walls. The Virginia Tech spelunking club mapped it out in the '80s. It was easy to get lost in there so amateurs beware.
Josh

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Mar 28, 2011
Completely agree. Beacon is full of twist and turns. With all the recent construction it is not stable. I had the map and it is nothing like it use to be.
Just One

Rupert, WV

#14 Mar 28, 2011
Hey Spelunker, can you be more specific as to where the entrance is?
Dissident

Charleston, WV

#15 Mar 28, 2011
I went on a rescue in Beacon way back in the early 90's. Be cautious in there if you don't know what you're doing. Caving is serious business and you can get your @ss in a whole heap of trouble if not careful.

Caveat Emptor!
Caveman

Bluefield, WV

#16 Mar 29, 2011
The one behind Cole is hard to find. We always just walked around looking for a big rock with large crack through the middle of it. You have to stand down inside of the crack and then slide up under it. Once you get inside it opens up to about 30 or 40 ft ceilings. Be care though. We took a little tunnel off to left and there was a drop off that had to be every bit of 50 to 100 ft deep.
spelunker

Bluefield, WV

#17 Mar 29, 2011
There was more than one entrance to the Beacon. I believe there was an entrance near Cole Chevy and another near the school. When they were building the Intermediate School, they probably had to seal off that entrance, at least I hope they did. Personally, I'd stay away unless you're an experienced caver. Josh is right. It's like a maze down there.
yup

Danville, VA

#18 Mar 29, 2011
Beacon was pretty hairy. I went down with a group once, behind the Intermediate School (when it was still medical offices up there), and after about 2 hours of descent, a friend and I decided to break away from the group and head back up. Well, we took several wrong turns that dead-ended and did an extra 2 hours of backtracking/climbing up again until we finally emerged, 6 hours after we went in, covered in mud and very glad to be out.

I've been in a nice cave around Pinnacle Rock, but I can't recall how to actually find it. Only very vaguely. I believe it's about half way up the hill to the overlook, and a ways to the right. Don't know. Look around. It was a fairly tame one, as we went in with a church youth group full of (highly supervised) young kids and there was no climbing or squeezing, just walking.
lol

Princeton, WV

#19 Mar 29, 2011
Dissident wrote:
I went on a rescue in Beacon way back in the early 90's. Be cautious in there if you don't know what you're doing. Caving is serious business and you can get your @ss in a whole heap of trouble if not careful.
Caveat Emptor!
was ths the one reported in the nss accident reports where they guy went in alone, didnt tel anyone about were he was going or be back, with no food and one flashlight? i think the guy was from bluefield
curious

Princeton, WV

#20 May 16, 2011
so is there a cave near bsc?

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