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The Rockcastle Karst Conservancy
Protecting Kentucky's Interior

NOTE: Due to a public COVID-19 resurgence in Rockcastle County, the 2021 GSP Open House has been rescheduled to May 2022.
With the relaxing of restrictions by the State of Kentucky, the RKC Board of Directors has re-opened all the RKC Preserves for visitation, effective June 28, 2020. See the individual Preserve pages for restrictions that may apply.
The state restrictions on social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment are to be followed while at any of our preserves.

Welcome to RKCs web Page! The Rockcastle Karst Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the unique geological, hydrological, biological, and recreational resources associated with caves and karst. Our goal is to permanently protect caves and karst lands in the Rockcastle County, Kentucky and its surrounding areas through education, land acquisition and resource management.

Announcing RKC's Newest ...
Sloans Valley Preserve

RKC has acquired an option to purchase the Garbage Pit and Scowling Tom entrances to the Sloans Valley Cave System.
Click Here to see the Formal Announcement.

In order to purchase the Sloans Valley Preserve, RKC had to borrow the funds from a generous caver. Donations are needed now to re-pay the loan, as well as to provide the necessary funds to renovate the areas surrounding the entrances. Please keep caves available for our use and study by donating to the RKC Loan Repayment Fund. You can help with either a single donation of any amount or a continuing sustaining donation of $10 or more each month via PayPal, using the "Loan Repay" button to the left. See the Loan Repayment Page for more information.

Karst areas are being increasingly threatened by development, mining and poor agriculture practices. Ground water is becoming polluted from surface runoff and becoming a hazard to our communities, and all who live in them. This is not just a problem for people who live on karst, but also to anyone who depends on their natural resources, such as fresh water and its native wildlife. Actions must be taken today to preserve these areas for future generations.

Our Mission:

Supporting access to caves and protecting Kentuckys karst environments in the Rockcastle County Region.

Our Vision:

Be the leading non-profit organization in owning and protecting significant cave and karst resources.


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