Also called Blowing Wind Cave
How to get there:
Take 72 East toward Scottsboro
The cave is located 7 miles from Scottsboro, keep your eye on the green mile marker signs. The cave is in the mile marker 130 stretch. You will pass the mile marker on the right, a wooden brown and white sign saying you are entering the Sauty Creek Wildlife area, just past that sign is a road to the right and a curve in the road. Slow down. The next road to the right is the parking area-it looks like a regular road, but is gated. Park as to not block the gate and walk the 100 yards back to the cave. The cave is off to the right and you will smell it before you see it.
You will not see the above sign until you are on the road walking to the cave.
What to expect:
There is no entrance or parking fee.
Get there about a half an hour before dark. Wear clothing and a hat that can protect you from guano and be aware that the wind blowing out of the cave is cold. If the night is cool, you will be uncomfortable. The guano does smell strong, but it is not overwhelming.
The road is a little rough, but easy to get a stroller or a wagon down. A wheelchair would have trouble with the gate-there is a narrow trail around one side and both edges are flanked with ditches. The gate itself is about 3 feet high and padlocked.
The cave is a hard to see from the road if you are not sure where it is, just look for the stream on the right and once you are past it, look for the wide, usually mowed area.
The cave entrance is quite large once you get past the trees.
The bats begin to trickle out just before dark, swirling at the cave entrance and finally they begin to pour out, going until it is too dark to see them.
My husband took all of the bat photos this trip. He did not use the flash as much as it appears, I lightened the photos in Photoshop. I doubt a really bright flash will damage the bats, but it is never a bad idea to lessen your interference with nature as much as possible, no matter the situation.
Close-up of some of the bats.
If you look closely, there are bats all over in the above picture
All of the glowing dots are bat eyes!
White Nose Syndrome is wiping the bats out. In 2012, there were about 200 bats that flew out at dusk compared to a few years before when there were thousands.