Dear cave enthusiasts, 

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The Crystal Palace walking tours run approximately every hour on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends beginning at 9 AM. The final tour of the day departs at 4 PM.

We offer special rates for educational groups. These tours must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of the date and must have a minimum of 15 guests.  Please call 423-821-9403, ext. 1 to discuss options for educational groups.


Business Hours: 

Summer Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 5 PM EST.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns consists of over 5.5 miles of underground passageways. While many caves have small areas of formation growth, Raccoon Mountain Caverns has countless, 100% natural formations along the lighted walking trail on the Crystal Palace Tour. Our cave is exceptionally well preserved and is considered to be the most geologically active in the South. We are pleased to offer two distinctly different types of tours:

The Crystal Palace Tour is a 45-55 minute guided walking tour through the front, lit portion of the cave and covers nearly half of a mile. Education is the focus of our tours and your guide will explain how caves form, provide a brief history of our cave, and point out a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flow stone, natural bridges, and much more! Guests also have a chance to view cave wildlife including bats and salamanders. The cave is always a comfortable 58 degrees. Reservations are not required, except for large groups. Photography is welcomed, however you must keep up with the group.

Tour Rates:

Adults (13-64)                         $15.95

Seniors (ages 65+)                  $13.95

Students (with ID)                   $13.95

Children (5-12)                         $8.95

Young Children (Under 5)         FREE

Wild Cave Expeditions are our famous “get muddy” tours which visit the deeper, undeveloped sections of the cave. These tours require participants to wear gloves, pads, lights, and helmets -- all of which are provided for your use. Please note: wild cave tours require physical exertion including crawling, pulling and pushing yourself forward using arms and legs, a 15' rope climb and, on the longer tours, extensive crawling. We offer 5 different tours ranging from 2 hours to 4.5 hours and varying in length and difficulty. Restrictions on height, age, size, and experience apply to select tours. Reservations are required for all wild cave expeditions. For more information and to make reservations, please visit

Canyon Crawl Expedition (~2 hours):  $30 per participant

Fossil Craw Expedition (~2.5 hours):  $38 per participant

Echo Room Expedition (~3 hours):  $48 per participant

Waterfall Dome Expedition (~3.5 hours):  $54 per participant

Gypsum Crawl Expedition (~4.5 hours): $65 per participant