Just a few miles East of Rosepine in the Providence community is Wolf Rock Cave. It’s is located right on the boundary line of the Kisatchie National Forest.
Legend has it that two young local pioneer boys by the name of Bailey discovered the cave while fishing in the creek below the entrance to the cave.
The story goes on to tell that the two boys could hear a whimpering sound coming from deep in the back of the cave. The boys went into the cave to find what was causing the noise and found a den of wolf puppies.
After finding the cave and the puppies the Bailey boys told their parents and from then on it has been called Wolf Rock cave.
Over the years hunter, hikers and even Boy Scouts have camped out at Wolf Rock Cave.
At one time anyone with enough courage could explore the cave and two big underground brooms.
Local legends also claim that during the Civil War the Union troops used it to hide their horses and supplies in the cave’s big room.
Another legend boasts of Jesse James and his gang using it for a hideout after being chased out of Missouri and Arkansas.
No doubt that local Indian tribes camping along what is known as the headwater of Bundicks Creek used the cave as shelter.
If an explorer searches the area they might even find some arrowheads.
During the fifties and sixties Wolf Rock became a popular place for teenagers to go “ parking”. Unfortunately it was also a place that some used to for parties. Wolf Rock became littered with empty beer can and bottles .
Back in the late 1970’s the US Forest Service surveyed the area to determine the boundaries of the Kisatchie National Forest. As a result of that survey it was determined that Wolf Rock was within the boundaries of the National Forest.
The US Forestry Service sent a Park Ranger to explore Wolf Rock Cave.
It was determined that the cave might be too dangerous for the general public.
The Rangers used some explosives and sealed the back rooms so that nobody could get trapped inside .
In the last few years under the control of the US Forestry Service ,Wolf Rock has been cleaned up. There is now a parking area and a walking trail up to the cave entrance.
To visit the cave take the Bailey Road out of Rosepine for about seven miles. Turn left by the Providence Baptist Church sign, continue on past the church for a mile on the now gravel road, then start looking for the parking lot on the left side of the road. If you cross the Bundicks Creek Bridge you have gone too far.
Wolf Rock Cave is a wonderful place to explore. Just please remember it is now under management of the US Forester Service and the Ranger will not hesitate to write a ticket to anyone caught littering.