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Bell Witch Cave, Adams
(2/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The Bell Witch Cave is a karst cave located in Adams, Tennessee near where the Bell Farm once stood. The cave is approximately 490 feet (150 m) long. The cave is privately owned, and tours are given during the summer months and in October.This cave has been associated with the Bell Witch, a period during which the Bell Family was allegedly haunted by the Bell Witch. The cave is located on property once owned by the Bell family. Many believe that when the witch departed, she fled to the sanctuary of this cave.In the particular legend in which the cave is featured, young Betsy Bell and some of her friends had gone to explore the cave. While they were there, one of the boys crawled into a hole and became stuck. A voice cried out, "I'll get him out!". The boy felt hands grasping his feet, and he was pulled out of the hole. The Bell Witch (still invisible), then gave the young explorers a lecture on reckless cave exploring.
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  • It was a fun and interesting tour. The tour of the cave was definitely the best part. Our guide was friendly and informative. One word of caution, though...the tour of the cave would be extremely diff...  more »
  • Was a longer tour than anticipated. Only issue would be that some parts of the cave are difficult to maneuver. Have to do some ducking and climbing up slippery rocks. People with disabilities might wa...  more »
  • We did the $50 night tour of the cemetery, Indian burial grounds, photographs & cabin, and the cave. The cave was definitely the best and most interesting part. Chris was our guide, and she had lots o...  more »
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  • Reviews never lie. Apparently, the "Old Man in Overalls" is becoming as famous as the Bell Witch herself. My buddy and I went out one evening to relive some old memories. I wasn't aware of new ownership or the new reservation policy. No big deal. What is a big deal is when some old hick in overalls strolls up to your car in the dark, yelling for you to "Get on outta heah! These heah are private tours!" Needless to say, he does this while we're just driving up to park. Me and my friend look at each other in confusion, wondering if someone is missing an elderly relative because of the way he's behaving. "Huh?" my friend says. "You boys go! Ya can't stay heah!" He pulls up his overalls and spits at a passing peacock. "So...the tours of the cave-" "Get on outta' heah now!" Old Man gets in a short bus and scuttles away. After that, a girl (granddaughter, or some girl he adopted with funds from an inherited moonshine fortune?) comes over and repeated the same jargon in a less pretentious tone. During both altercations, neither of them let us fully ask a question about anything and were quick to interrupt and/or ignore. Old Man then comes in on the wallow-talkie. "Get them on outta heah!" In all seriousness, this was a new one for us. The shock of the matter literally made us speechless, so nothing was said. This guy is bitter, rude, and hostile. He has no conception of how to operate with total strangers and reviews confirm he shouldn't be doing as much. Just a glance at society tells you it is unwise in a tourist trade to approach strangers with certain tones and attitude. My friend and I were calm and rational gents about it, but what if we were weren't? Let's say we were drunk? High? Soldiers with PTSD? Out of town punks looking for an excuse for confrontation? It happens daily in the world and I pray the Old Man in Overalls simply finds peace in this life, because his bitterness is without excuse. I will never go back and will help spread the legend of the Old Man in Overalls so you don't make an extended drive or waste your cash on pettiness, lest you are taken to the black dimension of pain and scabs in his creepy yellow bus. This operation for a point of local history is a joke. I'd tell the owners to check their reviews, but they probably think the Internet is part of a fishing dingy on the water. Clearly, this has been the norm for a while. Worst. Tour. Eve...oops. There was no tour.
  • It was a Saturday, I called twice, once at 10am then another time at 12:15, both times no on answered. The voicemail recording told me the last departure time was 2pm. So we drove 40 minutes, arrived at 1:30 only to be rudely denied and hollered at. I love to support local businesses, but when the owner/operator told me it wasn't his fault the information as incorrect and, "I don't know what to tell you lady," he will not receive my business.
  • We live in the area, and loved tubing the Red River. A horrible crank now owns the tubing operation. We went, were treated poorly, and left. A few weeks later, we decided dude had a bad day, and tried again. Nope. The owner was just as inhospitable, rude, and bullying. His first words to a teeneager when he arrived were, "put on a shirt!" It was 95 degrees, kid was outside, and about to get in a bus to go tubing. This was a family - not some drunk frat boy. In addition, the cabin and cave tours aren't only expensive, but they're not even the original infamous location.
  • Absolutely terrible. Drove over 1 1/2 hours, read all the info on the website. Arrive and it's large groups of people for tubing and a man in overalls running around yelling at people. We wanted to do the cave and cabin tours. We overheard the cabin was closed for tours. Went into the gift shop and we're told we had to wait for the other group to get back, which was of course fine. The man in overalls comes in and the girl behind the counter tells him we are there for the cave tour. He rudely tells us we can't go and points to our daughter and says "too young". My husband asked how old she had to be and he said, "uh, 2" (my daughter is 15 months and walks, btw). So we just walked out. We left very upset. No where on the website or posted on site is there anything stating age restrictions for daytime tours. They should also post a disclaimer on their website if both cave and cabin tours are not always available during operating hours. A huge waste of time and gas.
  • Researched it a couple years back and decided to go check it out. Just so happens, it was on a tuesday..... and guess what.... ??? CLOSED ON TUESDAY..... really ??? Wont go back.