Dear cave enthusiasts,
Our wild cave experience is waiting for you. Go to wildcave.com for more information on these tours.
The Crystal Palace walking tours run approximately every 30 minutes beginning at 9 AM. The final tour of the day departs at 5 PM.
We offer special rates for educational groups but these must be planned 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.
Summer Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 6 PM EST.
Please note we are on Eastern time so if you are driving from Central time, make sure you plan your time accordingly.
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 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.
Wild Cave Expeditions are our famous “get muddy” tours which require participants to wear gloves, pads, lights, and helmets -- all of which are provided for your use. Please note the wild cave tours require some physical exertion including crawling, pulling and pushing yourself forward using arms and legs, a 15' rope climb and, on the longer tours, extensive crawling. The minimum age is 6 for the Canyon Crawl, 8 for Fossil Crawl, Echo and Waterfall tours and 10 for the Gypsum Flower tour. The Canyon Crawl Tour has no minimum height but all other wild cave tours have a 56" height minimum to be able to safely navigate the cave. Reservations are required for all wild cave expeditions. Please click here for more information on the Wild Cave Expeditions.
CANCELLATION POLICY: There are no cancellations or refunds. If you fail to arrive for your tour, we incur all the same expenses and may have turned others away; therefore, guests who fail to show for a tour or fail to arrive at the scheduled time will not be refunded the tour price. PLEASE KNOW WE ARE ON EASTERN TIME. PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR TRAVEL TO ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR START TIME.