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Forbidden Caverns, Sevierville

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#5 of 13 in Parks in Sevier County
Cave Nature / Park
Tour Forbidden Caverns to see natural chimneys, rock towers, rare onyx dripstones, and grottos. A Native American princess once took refuge in the cave, which was used by local tribes as a shelter in the winter months because of its underground water source. This water source also made the cave an ideal spot for making moonshine illegally until the 1960s. On your tour, a knowledgeable spelunker will introduce you to the site's natural wonders. Bring a light sweater, as the cave's temperature stays cool all year long. Put Forbidden Caverns into our Sevierville trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Saw the signs and decided to stop to investigate. After stopping in decided to try the tour. We had a well informed guide that did a great job on the tour. The interior of the caverns stay a constant ...  more »
  • We enjoyed the tour our guide was informative and knew answers to questions people on the group had. It was about an hour long and kept even the young children in the group interested. The only part I...  more »
  • It was not a planned stop, we saw the sign and decided to go in and check it out. Glad that we did! Nice and cool in there. It was very interesting. The tour guide was very good and gave us interestin...  more »
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  • Nice family bussniess, BUT.. They had a young man do the tour and he did not have the knowledge of the cave that is expected for a tour guide. He also left no time for pictures. He would point the flashlight at the spot to see and quickly move it away before getting a good look. I just wish we had another tour guide. But over all I'd recommend it to my friends and family. :-)
  • My family and I are from IN and traveled to the area for a spring break vacation. Where I'm from (Bedford/Lawrence County, IN), we have several caves/ caverns in the area, so any chance I get to explore a new cave or cavern in a different state, I jump at the chance. On this particular trip, there were 6 of us and we just happen to be in town on the opening day of the forbidden caverns. We arrived in the early afternoon and waited approximately 10-15 min. Our guide was excellent and was very knowledgeable, as he had been doing this for about 10yrs. Throughout the tour, he was able to capture and keep our attention as well as some of the younger kid's attention as well as answer questions as accurately as possible and was also able to expand and add a personal touch with the answers. With this being the opening day, everything was flowing smoothly and the facility was prepared and everything in the gift shop was well stocked and very clean. The rest of the staff was very helpful and accommodating and was willing to take the time to explain what different items were and what significance they had to the area. Overall, I gave this attraction 5/5 stars and fully intend on visiting again when we come back for fall break vacation. This is a great place for not only kids of at least 4 yrs old, but also families, and field trips as well
  • Great addition to any mountain trip. Staff are great. It is a little pricey but worth it.
  • We love cavern tours. This was your basic cavern, but really nice tour. Zack was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a good time.
  • Fun, educational. Great way to cool off. Doesn't matter if it's raining.

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Where to stay in Sevierville

As a popular tourist destination, Sevierville is home to a wealth of accommodations. You can find many hotels, motels, and other venues with superb views of the area's natural beauty. Staying at a bed and breakfast or inn on vacation here is a great way to experience some of the area’s charm and legendary hospitality. Hotels in the town center offer proximity to shopping and dining, but often need to be booked a few months in advance.
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