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Cow Spring Cave Diving

Listed under Caves & Caving in US South East, United States.

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Cow Spring is actually a sinkhole. It's owned by the National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section. You must be a member to dive this site. You gain access to the gate key by stopping at Dive Outpost nearby. This small sinkhole is about 20 ft deep. Only cavern and cave certified divers are allowed in the site. The downstream section to this sink is quite obvious. But it only goes about 200 ft before ending in an almost sidemount size passage. There is a second tunnel in the downstream section that is equally small and similar in distance.

On the other hand, upstream is remarkable. There are two entrances. One is strictly a sidemount entrance and hard to find. The other entrance can be done in backmount doubles, but you've got to know where it is first. Poke around a bit and you may find it. There are two major restrictions getting into this hole. But once inside, it opens up comfortably. The walls are red in color and resemble swiss cheese. Absolutely a beautiful cave. About 300 ft upstream you will find a rope that has been installed for pull-n-glide. The current in this cave is strong. So to keep people from pulling on the pristine walls, they installed a rope you can pull on to manage the flow. They do not allow scooters here, but you can solo dive.

About 900 ft upstream, you encounter a restriction in the floor that goes with continuing passage. Depths prior to this restriction are 60 ft. Beyond this restriction, depths drop to about 105 ft. Visibility in this cave is often 80+ ft. I don't recall exactly, but you can go somewhere around 1,500 ft before it starts pinching off. There are several sidemount side passages you can take a look at too.

Cow is yet another very popular stop for visiting cave divers. It's located very close to Peacock Springs State Park and Telford Spring.

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Written by  Allen Wooten.

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