Come Enjoy Music and Dance in a Cave!
Saturday 2:30-4:30 pm
Square dancing was a tradition for many years at the Fraley Festival and we have decided to bring it back, with a Carter Caves twist – have it at Cascade Cave! In the 1930s, before the park owned it, Cascade Cave was used for dances and was seen as a place to cool off.

We are pleased to have caller, Joe Burdock, and musicians, Henry Barnes and Sean Fen, playing for the dance. They will inspire you to “shake a foot”! All dances are taught. Closed toed shoes are required in the cave. The temperature is between 55 and 60 degrees, so a light jacket may be good. Bring a lawn chair to sit if you are not dancing.

The dance is included with the weekend pass. You can also pay $5 for the Saturday afternoon activities at the Amphitheater which covers the Square Dance, or pay $5 at Cascade Cave.


Cascade Cave is about 3.6 miles from the Welcome Center. Turn left out of the main parking lot. At the park entrance, turn right onto Rt. 182. In 1.6 miles, turn right onto Rt. 209. Cascade Cave parking lot is 0.6 miles on the left. From the parking lot there is a short paved walk to the cave entrance. The Dance is just inside the front door.

Help Us Care For Our Cave
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a disease that is killing 70-100% of hibernating bats in infected caves. WNS does not have any effect on humans, livestock, or pets, only hibernating bats.

Do not wear the shoes, clothing, or carry objects that you had with you while on a cave tour at Carter Caves into another cave system outside of Carter Caves area. This may prevent spreading the disease to a new location.

Because of the possibility of WNS contamination, the following are prohibited in the cave:

  • Pets (service animals allowed)
  • Bags of ANY type – including purses, fanny packs, diaper bags, camera cases, backpacks etc.
  • Bags containing necessary medical supplies ARE permitted.

All who attend the square dance in Cascade Cave will be required to participate in a post-dance WNS decontamination procedure. This procedure involves walking on a mat soaked with Lysol and water to treat the bottom of your shoes before leaving. This process has been proven to help prevent the spread of the spores which cause WNS.