This site contains resources for National Speleological Society members (and affiliates) and their guests planning to visit Warren's Preserve. We'd like this to be one of the Internet's quieter corners. Feel free to bookmark this URL or give it out to those who need it, but please do not link to it from your home page, list it on any search engines, or widely publish it. If you have just stumbled in here by accident, you're welcome to look around. You can learn more about Warren's Preserve or make arrangements to visit by contacting the Florida Speleological Society, a chapter of the NSS. Here is a list of other Florida NSS affiliated groups, one of which may be closer to where you live.
Warren's Preserve includes an unimproved cave which contains no walkways, stairways, railings, lights, or safety improvements of any kind. Dangerous climbing conditions exist immediately inside and outside the entrance gate (ropes are necessary). Certain health and training restrictions apply. All visitors enter at their own risk and are required to sign a witnessed release form in advance. Minors (under the age of 18) must have their parents or legal guardian (proof required) sign for them. If you download the release form available here, it must be presented and accepted before entry is permitted.
Entering upon the preserve property or entering the cave without permission will be considered criminal trespass and will result, without fail, in prosecution.
The release form listed below may be viewed online and printed from your browser or downloaded. The map is only provided to give some idea of the extent of Warren's four miles of passageway. This rough map contains errors and will NOT prevent getting lost. Visiting the rear areas of the cave requires a compass and good cave exploring technique to avoid serious risk. If you have difficulty printing the gif image, the zipfile resource contains the release form in a variety of different formats to suit many popular word processors and printers, please download that. By all means, read the rules and regulations.
|therules.html||30-Oct-98 18:12||9k||Visitor requirements and caving tips.|
|therules.txt||30-Oct-98 18:12||8k||Same as above, but ASCII for downloading.|
|warrens.gif||04-Jul-95 11:11||19k||Warren's Cave map, click to view.||wc-sm.gif||21-Jun-95 20:20||33k||Release form, click on it.|
|bc-key.html||08-Aug-99 00:00||4k||Warren's endangered species info.|
|warrens.zip||21-Jun-95 20:20||346k||Release form in many formats, download.|
Caver Friendly Campsites:
These are camp sites hosted by other cavers. Usually they are in the country, camp fires and occasional bursts of song are permitted, and there is a garden hose to rinse off your cave clothes. Don't expect a travel trailer hook up, phone, hot shower, or even a bathroom. Still, you may be happier here than at the local commercial campgrounds because your mud and late hours will not be a problem. Freedom and privacy are good. There is generally no cost, but be sure to get permission and pick up after yourselves.
|William Oldacrefirstname.lastname@example.org||1 mile||Alachua|
|Orlando Lanniemail@example.com||8 miles||Alachua|
|Kevin Greenefirstname.lastname@example.org||8 miles||Newberry|
These are less friendly to cavers, but offer hot showers, covered eating areas, and RV hookups. Laundromats may have "No Cavers" signs posted and sometimes theft is a problem. Don't expect anyone to understand your hours or to believe you really aren't homeless. Usually it's best to request campsites away from everyone else.
|20 Min.||Cave dive, swim. Good!|
|1 Hour||Dive, swim|
|1 Hour||Dive, swim|
|Blue Springs||904-454-1369||904-454-1369 (voice first)||14 miles||Swim, canoe, dive, hike|
904-462-1958 (voice first)
|15 Min.||Big, like KOA|
|904-497-2285||904-497-2285 (voice first)||30 Min.||Swim, tube, canoe|
No fires, no alcohol, no guns, no pets, no privacy, and theft is always a concern. At least there are bathrooms (bring your own TP) and the location is usually scenic. Covered eating areas are often crowded when it rains. Campfires not always permitted, bring barbecue charcoal. Less expensive than commercial sites, but don't return from caving too late or you may find yourself locked out. It's still a good idea to request an area away from other campers.
|Oleno St. Park||904-454-1853||904-454-2565||18 miles||Santa Fe River dis-|
appears into a cave!
|352-466-3397||352-466-4297||30 Min.||Gators, bison, sand hill cranes|
|Gold Head Branch||352-473-4701||352-473-0827||1 Hour||Canoe rental, fish, swim|
|Ocala Nat'l Forest||352-625-7470||
|1.2 Hours||Huge! Free Primitive camping, shooting, hiking.|
|1.2 Hours||Hike, swim, dive.|
|30 Min.||Hike, swim, dive.|
Plenty of hotels in the area because of the University of Florida and NHRA dragstrip. Reserve well in advance in case your visit coincides with UF Homecoming, some big sports event, or Gator Nationals. Some have gotten touchy about who they let in after somebody rebuilt an engine in one of the rooms at the Hilton. All of the hotels near Interstate-75 have persistent problems with armed robbery. Be careful! Just a few are mentioned here for convenience. If the ice machine is broken, best to keep it to yourself.
|La Quinta||352-332-6466||352-332-7074||20 min.||I-75 & SR 26, Gvl|
|Comfort Inn||904-462-2414||904-462-2220||15 min.||I-75 & 441, Alachua|
|Days Inn||352-332-3033||352-332-3426||20 min.||I-75 & SR 26, Gvl.|
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