Boone's Cave State Park

Devil's Den

Useful Information

Location: Off Interstate 85 and State Route 150. 18 km west of Lexington via US 64 and NC 150.
Open: All year daily 8-sunset. [2006]
Fee: free [2006]
Classification: Speleologyerosional cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=25 m.
Guided tours: L=25 m.
Bibliography: David L. Harrison (1970): The World of American Caves, Reilly & Lee Books, a division of Henry Regnery Company, USA. 152 pp, 8 plates. pp 42-43
Address: Boone's Cave State Park, Morrow Mountain State Park, 49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC, 28001, Phone: +1-704-982-4402, Fax: +1-704-982-5323. E-mail: contact
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Boone's Cave State Park is a small park in a peaceful rural atmosphere. There is a legend, that Squire Boone, Daniel Boone's father moved to this site in the mid 1700's. A possible location is an old homestead site, but large hearthstones are all that remains. Some legends say it was in the spring of 1750 and Daniel Boone was only 16.

The park was named after Boone's Cave, also known as Devil's Den. Both names are rather common and both are generally based on legends. Boone's Cave lies on a steep slope facing the serpentine Yadkin River and was formed by the river's floodwaters. The cave is very small, only about 25 m long, and the entrance is less than a metre high and requires crawling.

Daniel Boone purportedly hid from hostile Indians in this cave. He was chased by Indians and hiding in the cave, the Indian waited outside. But he escaped through a second entrance on the other side of the hill.