Spring VAR 2018

Walker Mountain Grotto is hosting the 2018 Spring VAR at the foot of our namesake Big Walker Mountain in Marion, Virginia.

Spring VAR will be April 27-29, 2018 at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, a private camp located adjacent to Hungry Mother State Park. The site offers easy access to many caves, mountain biking and hiking opportunities, rock climbing, fishing and canoeing on Hungry Mother Lake, and shops and restaurants in downtown Marion.

Don’t worry about southwest Virginia’s fickle spring weather. We have reserved the entire camp and have access to many covered and indoor spaces, including a large pavilion, dining hall, and bunkhouse with hot showers. There is plenty of flat space available for tents and RVs (sorry, no hook-ups).


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Additional details and registration information will be posted on this page soon…


UPDATES – January 1, 2018

Musical entertainment will be provided by Blacksburg, Va’s  The Kind  Check ’em out at: http://thekind.org/

Vendors: we have verbal commitments from Speleobooks and IMO. Be sure to tell them thanks when you see them!

Activities: Guided and unguided caving trips, a conservation project of a clean-up at one of our local “holes”, plenty of hiking, rock climbing, and world class trout fishing, and more – all within short drives of the campground.

Guidebook: A guidebook along the lines of SERA-VAR guidebook is in the works. Be sure to reserve a copy when you register.

T-Shirts: Of course! A final design will be forthcoming.

Door prizes: Of course!

Lodging: Plenty of flat space for tent camping and RVs will be available. (Sorry no RV hook-ups though.) We also have a cabin available for rent as well as two large bunkhouses that offer communal sleeping arrangements. Showers, flush toilets, porta-potties are available on site.

Stay tuned for updates on catering, program, and most important of all: REGISTRATION!