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. To visit Raccoon Mountain Caverns on your trip to Chattanooga, use our Chattanooga visit site .
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  • My boyfriend and I went on the Fossil Tour through the caves and it was more than I imagined. We were belly crawling, sliding down walls, and seeing fossils and animals that were millions of years old...  more »
  • I took my 8 year old son and this was the highlight of his Winter vacation. We did the 2 1/2 hour tour. He still hasn't stopped talking about it. There was one point I thought my son will never do thi...  more »
  • The Waterfall Dome Cave Tour was awesome. Our guides Scarlet and Michael were great. My 8 year old daughter and I loved every minute of it and would recommend this for anyone wanting a great adventure...  more »

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