Germany Valley Karst Survey, Surveying Caves, Karst and Karst Features of Germany Valley, West Virginia

UPDATE! Feb. 2001
a report from the closed meeting held with Greer and government reps to discuss permit renewal

The Issue
Endangered Species Facts
Letters to WV DEP in defense of Hellhole
Images from Hellhole

45% of the estimated 20,000 remaining
Virginia Big-Eared Bats hibernate in Hellhole.
Photo credit: Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International.


Sunlight penetrates the entrance room of what is possibly the most important bat cave east of the Mississippi River.

Looking west, from the crest of North Fork Mountain, Hellhole's entrance shaft (approximately under red dot)
with historic Greer Lime Co. quarry operations in the background (pale deforested area).
Photo credit: Gordon Brace, Germany Valley Karst Survey.
Greer Lime Co., as required by the WV DEP, has announced their intent for a permit renewal for their existing permit. This permit is for the property just west of Hellhole Cave .