Bat Cave Hike


Driving distance: 2 miles from Lake Lure

“Bat Cave is owned by The Nature Conservancy and a private landowner and is accessible only through the North Carolina Chapter’s field trip program.  Please note that to protect the bats and their fragile ecosystem, the cave itself is not open to the public

The Nature Conservancy
Mountains Office
1316 A Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 350-1431
For Field Trip or Work Day Information:


 “After hiking a mile up a steep trail through a mature hardwood forest, you will be rewarded with Bat Cave’s natural air conditioning: a cool moist draft that constantly pours out of vents on the side of the large cave.

Bat Cave is the largest known granite fissure cave in North America. The main chamber is a dark cathedral more than 300 feet long and approximately 85 feet high.  (Unfortunately, to protect the bats, the cave is currently closed to visitors.)  Fissure caves are formed by rock splits, boulder movements, and other motions of the earth, while most other caves are formed by water dissolving and abrading rock.” The Nature Conservancy


(If you have changes/corrections or would like to add a hike that you know about in our area, please feel free to contact me: Russ Meade, )

Have a fantstic day exploring our beautiful mountain home!

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  1. Rebecca Trentham

    We will be staying close to town of Bat Cave. Our group ranges in age from 67, 39, 10 and 7. All are in good physical health. Could you suggest several good trails in the area and provide some directions. We will be in the area July 19-30. If reservations are necessary, could you also please give me some comtact numbers or email addresses.
    Thank you

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