Hatchet Bay Cave
Hatchet Bay Cave
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Full of bats, this mile-long cave is best visited with a local guide.
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Edward W
Port Charlotte, FL66 contributions
I had a tough time finding it the first time we tried. I followed the dirt road and it ended far downhill in a field. Turns out that it is much closer to the road and nowhere near the dirt track I took. There is a strange sign near the cave entrance that reads "Try Me" in white paint. The turnoff from the highway is clearly marked.

We were well prepared with flashlights, long pants and good shoes. Also brought pink sting which we left in the cave. The easy main part is about 900 feet long. It consists of three adjoined chambers and several offshoots.

After that you have to go down a ladder to a lower chamber filled with water. This is where we ended our hike and ascended through the square shaft nearby, complete with rope ladder. The easiest way back to the entrance is through the cave itself. We went outside and took a round about path through the fields to get back to the car.
Written July 12, 2020
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Jennifer H
Mount Orab, OH106 contributions
We were the only people at the cave on the day we went. Two dogs met us at the overgrown entrance and guided us down into the cave. We wore headlamps and followed the cave until we saw light at the other end. There is a rotunda which houses hundreds of bats, but they don't bother visitors. We descended down one ladder, but we didn't venture into the third level, due to water. The markings on the cave are very disappointing, but the cave itself is impressive.
Written June 15, 2021
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chrondsey
Cardiff, Ca5 contributions
It took us about an hour to go through the entire cave, and it was well worth it. Writing on the walls dated back to the 1800's with the names of people and ships that stopped in. It's interesting to think of how many people have lived in the cave and under what circumstance. Definitely bring a couple of lights. Bring shoes/ shorts you can get wet if you don't mind wading in waist-high water at the end the hike to view another layer of the cave (optional, there are a few puddles in the main cave but can be avoided).
Written January 29, 2010
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Anton P
Bolzano, Italy164 contributions
It's worth a visit, anyway, even if a lot of stalagmites and stalactites were ruined by the usual morons who think they have to leave a sign of their passage.
The upper level it's easy to walk, only at the exit you have to crawl to get out and climb the ladder. The way back to the parking lot is a little tricky as there are no marked paths, but after some trials and errors we made it.
Would be interesting to descend to the lover level. There is a ladder, but depending on the season there might be a lot of water and you would get really dirty. Besides that, we didn't find anybody in the Hatchet Bay area able to tell us if there is another at the end.
Anyway, a nice experience.
Written June 18, 2018
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80feetdeep
24 contributions
Solo
The caves were alright (but to be fair I’ve been through the protected, extensive caves in Belize so this doesn’t compare at all). The signage from the main road is decently direct- turn off the queens highway (go west- there’s a sign for the caves) and park in the first right-hand turn off you come across. There’s a wood sign at the entrance that has been spray painted with “try me”.

There’s a very thin string that leads you in the correct direction once you get far enough into the cave. Be warned the string is broken in a couple places (and I can see why- it’s easy to trip over).

The graffiti kind of ruins the experience. We went about 1/2-3/4 miles in and there was still graffiti all over the walls. Not cool guys. But if you can look past that it’s a pretty cool cave experience. A little creepy (as all caves are to me) but definitely cool.

We didn’t see any bats- even on the ceiling of the place- and would definitely suggest boots/shoes as the rocks are uneven and very slick in some places. Sandals NOT recommended.

Also- google the caves and you’ll get the GPS coordinates for their location. Copy those numbers, Plug it into google maps, and it legitimately takes you exactly to the main cave entrance.
Written April 10, 2018
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Elizabeth D
Atlanta, GA78 contributions
Lucky for me I like caves, my hubby, not so much. I had to pay a guy at the resort to go with me. It was cool, but would have been cheaper if I had just talked my husband into going. Take a headlamp or flashlight and just go! It takes about 30 minutes and you might see a few bats. Don't be scared.
Written September 10, 2014
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John N
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States17 contributions
Couples
Hatchet Bay Cave was a recommended visit by a local we met on the plane over. As previous reviews stated Turn AT the Sign. The road in was bumpy/rocky with the vegitation at roof top. Just a short drive in and there was a clearing with a weathered sign sticking out of the tall grass. Not the pristine rock fence entrance as seen on previous postings. But a quick look confirmed we were there. We have done wild caves in the past so this visit was relaxing as we looked at the numerous names on the walls. Our flashlights were not large but adequate for the experience. We only went about halfway as we tended to look around the corners to photograph formations that were undisturbed. "Follow the String" was the advice we had received, which we did to prevent loosing our way in the labyrinth. With the extensive topside growth, I would recommend a guide if you plan on walking through to the back exit ladder. We were greeted with refreshing rain as we returned to our car.
Written September 20, 2018
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Lyndsey T
Hendersonville, NC89 contributions
My husband and I were excited to discover this cave, it it a dangerous walk and I would highly recommend a tour guide, I hear there are companies who do that!
Written August 24, 2018
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SanibelMomof3
Sanibel, FL50 contributions
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We saw the sign for this cave and took the road leading to it. It is not well marked when you drive the long grass road leading in. We saw a grass opening along the road with a weird sign saying "Try Me" - however, it was extremely overgrown so we didn't think that was it. We started to drive further which led to the Stephen King part and the completely overgrown road that our vehicle couldn't easily fit down. We turned around and went back to the turn around. We decided to check out the weird sign and it actually lead to the opening of the cave. My daughter was brave enough to go first and climbed down the steps into the main opening. We did not have flashlights, so we only explored the first opening. Definitely need tennis shoes and a flashlight. Cell phone flashlight did not cut it and didn't feel like getting lost in a cave. Lots of graffiti on the walls too. Unless you're brave and willing to go into the depths, will be a quick trip.
Written January 2, 2018
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Rachel S
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
Couples
Lots of trash and graffiti - you DEFINITELY need a flashlight. We saw a little bat, but didn't feel comfortable exploring more without a hefty flashlight.
Written May 31, 2017
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