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Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Chattanooga

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Go on an underground journey through Raccoon Mountain Caverns, one of Tennessee’s greatest natural wonders. Two types of tours are available. The Crystal Palace Tour is a guided walk through lighted pathways in the front area of the cave. The guide will explain the history of the cave as you admire the geological formations. For the more daring, the Wild Cave Expedition takes you deep inside the undeveloped portions of the cave--without trails, handrails, or electric lights. Trained guides will lead you through chambers, tunnels, streams, and waterfalls, and you'll have the option of staying overnight in the cave. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment, including helmets and lights. Wild Cave Expedition tours need to be booked in advance, but reservations are not necessary for the Crystal Palace option. The temperature inside the cave is consistently around 15 C (60 F), so make sure to dress appropriately. For Raccoon Mountain Caverns and beyond, use our Chattanooga trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Chattanooga vacation.
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  • Very cute cabins. No cooking facilities but bathrooms in each room. Yards are a bit muddy, but there are some areas to wander.  more »
  • Me and two friends went on the Gypsum Flower expedition, which is their longest and most difficult tour. We were in the caves for approximately 4 hours and it was incredible! Our guide was extremely k...  more »
  • I have done several cave hikes over the years, but NONE can compare to our visit to Raccoon Mountain Caverns. The cave in itself is amazing, but what we learned from our guide, Michael, made it even b...  more »