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 all day long at the top and bottom of every hour except the last tour leaves the gift shop 45 minutes prior to closing.
We offer special rates for educational groups but these must be planned at least 2 weeks ahead of the date. Please call 423-821-9403, ext 1 to discuss options for educational groups.
Monday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM Eastern.
Please note we are on Eastern times 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 portion of the cave and covers slightly over one-quarter 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! The cave is always a comfortable 58 degrees. Reservations are not required, except for large groups. Picture taking is encouraged 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.