Big Bone Cave
|Big Bone Cave|
|Location||Van Buren County, Tennessee|
|Length||9.627 m (15.494 km)|
|Main Entrance, Arch Cave Entrance (collapsed)|
Big Bone Cave
|Location||Van Buren County, Tennessee, USA|
|Nearest city||Bone Cave, Tennessee|
|NRHP Reference #||73001853|
|Added to NRHP||April 11, 1973|
Big Bone Cave is a cave located in Van Buren County, Tennessee, in the community of Bone Cave. It is notable both for its history and current recreational use. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a 334-acre (1.4 km2) State Natural Area managed by Rock Island State Park (Tennessee). It is named for the discovery of the bones of a giant ground sloth in 1811. The cave was operated as a saltpeter mine, notably during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. A variety of natural remains and human artifacts has been well preserved in the dry atmosphere of the cave. The cave is the 7th longest mapped cave in Tennessee.
- Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Big Bone Cave Natural Area
- Smyre, John L. and Zawislak, Ronald L., (2007) Big Bone and the Caves of Bone Cave Mountain , Rocky River Press, Rock Island Tennessee ISBN 978-0-9779471-0-2 ISBN 0-9779471-0-6
- Matthews, Larry E. (2006) Big Bone Cave, National Speleological Society ISBN 1-879961-24-5
- Barr, Thomas C., Jr., "Caves Of Tennessee", Bulletin 64 of the Tennessee Division of Geology, 1961. See pages 451-460.