13 Old Cedartown Rd, Cave Spring, GA 30124
Sat - Sun: 11 AM - 5 PM
Step back in time when the natural limestone cave, in Cave Spring, was being created, with its impressive stalagmites and legendary “Devil’s Stool” formation. You’ll welcome its constant, 57-degree coolness on a hot summer’s day. The Cave, located in Rolater Park just off the town square, is open on weekends only, and by appointment at other times. Cave hours are 11am to 5pm. For more details, call Ken Landers at 706-777-9944 or the Welcome Center at 706-777-0299 for more information.
Please Note: Dogs allowed in park if they are on a leash. Dogs are NOT allowed in the cave.
The Pinhoti trail runs through Rolater Park. The trailheads for the Pinhoti Trail are located just outside of town, southwest of Cave Spring. The trail extends up through Coosa, follows Taylor’s Ridge to Dalton to north Ellijay before eventually linking to the Appalachian Trail. The Pinhoti is the longest thru-trail in Georgia at at over 165 miles.
The U.S. Bicycle Route 21 also runs through Cave Spring connecting Atlanta to Chattanooga. MapMyRide.com offers 30 mile to 100 mile loops that begin and end in Rolater Park.
In 1838 the Manual Labor School for boys was established by the Cave Spring Baptist Church to teach the skills of farming and other ways to make a living. The town’s famous cave and spring were a part of the school grounds. In 1839 six small cottages were erected as dormitories, and the first classroom was built.
Lott Hearn bequeathed an endowment to the school in 1846, which resulted in the name change to Lott Hearn Manual Labor School. In 1903 the school was reorganized under the direction of the Georgia Baptist Convention and was known as Hearn Academy, a preparatory school for future college students. Because of a fire the original building was replaced in 1910 with the present facility. The school closed in 1925, and today the building is used for many special events.
The Historic Hearn Inn
Hearn Inn was built by the Baptists as a dormitory for Manual Labor School. When the school closed, the building was converted into apartments and remained as such until the 1960’s. In 1980-81 restoration was begun, and now the building is used as a bed and breakfast inn and is also rented for social functions.
Cave Spring Baptist Church
The Old Baptist Church was completed in 1851 and was constructed of bricks that were handmade by slaves. In the early 1930’s the Baptists built another building on Cedartown Road and sold this property to Dr. J. B. Rolater. The balcony, wide plank floors, and stained glass windows make this building perfect for weddings.
The Cave Spring Pool, also known as Rolater Lake is open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Visible in the Cave is the town’s namesake spring that produces 2 million gallons a day of the purest, best-tasting water you’re likely to find anywhere. People from miles around come to fill jugs and take home the award-winning water.
The cave’s spring overflows into a serene reflection pond and shallow stream, perfect for the little ones to dabble in. Then it flows on to fill the park’s 1.5 acre swimming lake, second-largest in the state, with its invigorating mineral water. There’s room aplenty for lap swimmers, floaters and waterbabies all. Bordered by a wide, grassy lawn, it’s a favorite spot for sun worshippers, too. The pool complex includes a snack bar, volleyball area, picnic tables, and bathhouse.
For more information visit www.rolaterlake.com or call 706-506-8643!
Picnic tables and pavilions dot the tree-shaded park. Pavilions may be rented for the day by families or organizations, and the park may be reserved for company picnics, family reunions, club activities, and other group events. Visitors can also fish in Little Cedar Creek.
For rental and tour information on these beautiful and historic buildings, call Donna Phillips at 706-777-8865.