Bainbridge, Ohio: The Seven Caves (Gone)

Not interested in being our kind of tourist attraction...
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Roughly 5 miles west of Bainbridge. The caves are still on property, but the attraction has entirely changed to be nature-focused as the Appalachian Forest Museum - www.highlandssanctuary.org.
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No longer a commercial cave, now a nature preserve.

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7 Caves

Seven Caves is no more. None of the caves are accessible to the public. They have been returned to native habitat for nesting bats. All caves are now closed. The Highlands Nature Sanctuary in its place is open to hiking, but caves and other geologic formations are Off Limits.

[Don, 03/31/2014]
Seven Caves/Highland Nature Sanctuary

You can still directly access one of the seven caves on the grounds, while another cave (or caves, there appears to be three openings) can be seen from the wooden stairway that makes up the trail.

[Scott Beckerman, 02/13/2012]
"Rewilded" Cave Shocks Nature-Deprived in Ohio

The Seven Caves commercial tourist attraction in Bainbridge, Ohio, is no more, and will reopen to the public on May 5 as the Seven Caves Nature Preserve, after years of effort by Larry and Nancy Henry, a husband-and-wife team of former Ohio state parks officials.

... [04/29/2006] Complete News Story

The Seven Caves

Touristy experience from the bygone era of big cars and big women is what comes to mind when you visit The 7 Caves. This place is big on old-time kitsch and is a death trap to boot. You gotta love it! Bring the kids and watch them plummet to their death. Look, Ma....No guard rail...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It's helluva lotta fun! Really.

During the pioneer years of Ohio, the caves were known as Highland Caves. Families would travel afar for a day trip filled with adventure and sometimes square dancing. In 1929, Clyde Galen Chaney purchased the caves and named the area The 7 Caves.

[SurlyGrrl, 01/14/2001]

Since 2004, the famous "Cave Without Tour Guides" has been de-commercialized and returned to a more natural state. Who asked for that?

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