Troop 505 Morril’s Cave Spelunking Trip Specs Nov 12-13

 Scouts will travel to Bluff City, TN and explore Worley’s/Morril’s Cave.  The cave has large caverns with high ceilings.  Scouts will then travel south and stay at Roan Mountain State Park.  Roan Mountain is located in the Cherokee National Forest.  CLICK LINK to learn more about Morril’s Cave , or learn more about Mountain Adventure Guides, or  learn more about Roan Mountain.

Estimated Expenses

Cave experience:  $42

Food: $7-10

Travel:  $15-18

Lodging:  $3-4


Saturday November 12, 2011

7:30am – Depart from American Legion for Worley’s Cave

12pm – Scouts eat bag lunch brought from home

1:15-1:30pm – Meet Caving Expedition Guides in Bluff City, TN

1:30-5:30pm  Scouts explore cave

5:30pm Scouts depart for Roan Mountain State Park

6:15pm Arrive at Roan Mountain State Park

6:15-8pm Set up camp and have dinner in patrols

10:00pm Lights Out

Sunday November 13, 2011

7:00am Wake up, break down camp

7:45am Scouts own

8:15am Depart for Chapel Hill, eat breakfast on way

12:30-1pm Arrive at Chapel Hill American Legion


Scouts will eat breakfast before they meet on Saturday morning and need to bring their own bag lunch.  Saturday dinner will be a patrol meal.  Sunday breakfast will be a stop on the way back to Chapel Hill.


Scouts should prepare for winter camping.  The temperature at Roan Mountain is predicted to be in the mid 20’s at night.  Scouts need a hat, gloves, coat, and other winter clothing.  Scouts should bring their sleeping pads and warmest sleeping bags.   Scouts should wear clothes that can get dirty while caving and have a separate set of clothing for afterward.  A towel and toiletries are also essential for scouts to clean up after caving.

Additional items scouts should bring are the scout “camping essentials” listed on the Troop 505 website (click “checklists” tab on main page and scroll down to camping essentials).  Class A uniforms are needed for Scouts Own on Sunday morning.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Scouts also need to bring 2 waivers with them, a BSA Activity Consent Form and a Cave Expedition Waiver.

Travel and Directions

220 miles each way, approximately 4 hours 10 minutes

(From exit 270) Take I-40W 42.9 miles. Slight right onto I-40 W/I-85 BUS S (signs for Interstate 85 BUSINESS S/U.S 70/Greensboro/Winston-Salem) for 7.7 miles. Slight right on I-40 go 12.6 miles then slight left on I-40 and go 18.1 miles.  Take exit 188 and merge onto US-421N toward Yadkinville/Wilkesboro and go 87.2 miles.  Slight left onto US-321N go 10.8 miles. Sight left and go 10.8 miles.  Turn right and stay on US-321N (enter TN) go 12.9 miles.  Turn left onto TN-67 W/US-321 N/US-321 Scenic N/U.S. 321 Scn Continue to follow TN-67 W/US-321 N/US-321 Scenic N and go 9.6 miles.  Turn right onto TN-37 N/TN-67 W/US-19E N/US-321 N/US-321 Scenic N Continue to follow TN-37 N/US-19E N and go 13.8 miles. Turn right onto TN-44 N/Bluff City Hwy Continue to follow Bluff City Hwy go 2 miles.  Turn right onto Bridge St for 50ft. Continue onto Holston Dr Destination will be on the right in 0.2 miles.

Arrive at 200 Holston Dr, Bluff City, TN 37618.