The first several hundred feet of stream is fairly accessible to humans. Some of the fattest fish I have ever seen were here. Once we hit the Broken Sidewalk, there is no more stream accessible until the waterfall itself. The trail is not marked at all, and we spent some time figuring out that the cave goes left after the Broken Sidewalk. There is a side passage that goes right which looked like it might be the way on.
This trip report is from Jared Pels, one of the students in Dr. Ashley's Cave Biology class. Although the trip was in early June 2008, I have just received the trip report. Purpose: The purpose of our trip was to observe and measure troglobitic cavefish.
Trip Report – Carroll Cave Biology Project
Trip date: 13 October 2007
Participants: Bill Gee (trip leader)
Time in cave: 10:00am
Time out: 9:30pm
Area visited: Carroll passage to the Mountain Room
Purpose: Annual bat census
Craig Hines rode with me to the schoolhouse where we met Jim Cooley. Andy Isbell came down Saturday morning. We were all up at the silo by shortly after nine getting dressed and rigging the drop.
Biology: Annual bat census
Jeff Grigg Jeff Page Max White
Biology Project Trip Report
Jeff Page and I arrived at the schoolhouse Friday evening to camp. Jeff Grigg and Max White drove in early Saturday morning. We all collected at the silo around 9:45 and were going down the shaft by 10:15.
Carroll Cave Trip Report – 24 May 2008
Project – Biology
Time in: 10:30am
Time out: 4:00pm
Bill Gee – Leader
In late summer 2007 Matt Niemiller contacted the Carroll Cave Conservancy asking for permission to enter the cave. Matt is a PhD student in biology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville currently working on a project to measure the genetic diversity of various populations of the Southern Cave Fish. His method is to take a small snip of fin from several individuals, then run a DNA analysis on it to compare with the other samples.