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Illinois Caverns  



  • A minimum of 4 people is required to enter the cave.


  • Because Illinois Caverns is a substantially wild, unimproved cave system, visitors must use adequate safety equipment, including hard hat, 3 dependable sources of light, leather boots, and suitable protective clothing.  Visitors should plan on getting their feet wet.


    • Visitors are required to read and sign a cave exploration permit before entering the cave.  Permits are available at the cave or by contacting the Site Interpreter.


    • Everything in the cave is protected by law.  You may NOT disturb or remove any natural, geological, or biological materials from the cave.  TAKE NOTHING BUT PHOTOGRAPHS, LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS.

    Groups of 25 or more persons will not be admitted to any state park or conservation area unless permission from the Site Superintendent has been granted to use the facilities.  In addition, groups of minors must have adequate supervision and at least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 5 minors

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