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Shelta Cave
Shelta Cave is located in Alabama
Shelta Cave
Shelta Cave
Location in Alabama
Location Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Established 1967
Governing body National Speleological Society
Designated: October 1972

Shelta Cave is a 2,500-foot-long (760 m) cave and lake located in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, United States. It is described as one of the most bio-diverse caves within the Appalachian Mountains. The cave is currently owned and managed as a nature preserve by the National Speleological Society, with their main offices directly above the cave. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in October 1972.


This cave was an underground bar and dance hall in the early 1900s.

Speleology and wildlife

The cave is open to members of the NSS during certain times of the year to minimize the impact on the biome. There are now three sinkhole entrances. The lake can be as large as 7 acres (2.8 ha) during the winter and early spring rainy season. Other times of the year, the lake bed is exposed.

There are nine species which were first discovered in this cave. The Shelta cave crayfish is endemic to the cave.

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