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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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  • This was the first caving experience for the boys, ages 19, 15 & 11. It was the highlight of our trip to Chattanooga! Justin was an excellent guide & we also had 3 energetic, fun couples on our tour. ...  more »
  • We had Jasmine as our tour guide. She was great. She informed us about things that she had experienced and other things.  more »
  • We had a terrific time with Kristin as our guide! We took the 2 and 1/2 hour tour and walked, crawled, squeezed and even wormed our way through incredible passages and 'rooms'. We saw tiny cave dwelli...  more »

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