Know Before You Go
The pit is outside of Fackler in northern Alabama, about 15 miles north of Scottsboro. It is accessible via a fairly strenuous 30-minute hike from a small parking area on an unnamed road off County Road 264. The view from the bottom of the pit is only open to experienced climbers and requires a permit. But even a glimpse from the top of the hole is worth the hike to get there. For information on how to find and follow the right trail, obtain a climbing permit, and advice on training, see the Southeastern Cave Conservancy website.