Welcome to Raccoon Mountain Caverns!
Business hours: Open daily, 9am to 5pm EST, rain or shine!
***Our main gift shop has moved to a temporary trailer space to prepare for future renovations. Cave tour tickets and Wild Cave check-in are located in this trailer as well. Please follow the signs to find parking and the new gift shop location. We thank you for your patience during this time!***
Crystal Palace Walking Tours: Available daily beginning at 9am. Tours depart every hour Monday-Friday, every half hour on Saturday/Sunday. Final tour departs at 4pm.
Wild Cave Expedition Tours: Available by reservation only. Reservations can be made online at wildcave.com or by phone at (423) 821 - 9403 ext. 1
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, 1/2 mile walking trail in the Crystal Palace room. Our cave is exceptionally well preserved and is considered to be the most geologically active in the South. Unlike many other caves, we also offer spelunking tours through several miles of undeveloped cave passageways beyond the walking section.
We are pleased to offer two distinctly different types of guided tours: Crystal Palace Walking Tours and Wild Cave Expedition 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 such as stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and much more, including rare shield and anthodite formations! Guests also have a chance to view cave wildlife including bats and salamanders. Photography is welcomed, however you must keep up with the group. Please note: the cave is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Crystal Palace Tours are available daily beginning at 9am, hourly on. The final tour of the day departs at 1 hour prior to close. Reservations required only for large groups; please call (423) 821-9403 ext. 1 for info.
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. Please read through the Wild Cave Checklist to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the tour. We offer 5 different tours ranging in duration from 2 hours to 4.5 hours and varying in length and difficulty. Varying restrictions on height, age, size, and experience apply to all tours. Reservations are required for all wild cave expeditions. For more information and to make reservations, please visit wildcave.com or call (423) 821 - 9403 ext. 1.
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
Frequently Asked Questions about the Caverns
- Q: What is the temperature in the cave?
- A: The cave remains a constant 58° F all year, allowing tours to operate in all weather conditions. Most guests prefer a light sweater or jacket while on their tour.
- Q: Is the cave wheelchair or stroller accessible?
- A: Due to the layout of the cave, narrowness of some passageways, and number of steps, the cave is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
- Q: Will I get dirty on my cave tour?
- A: Guests on the Crystal Palace Walking tour may get dripped on, but will not otherwise get dirty. Guests on the Wild Cave Expedition tours will most definitely get dirty.
- Q: If I or a member of my group decide not to continue the tour, can we get a refund?
- A: All cave tour purchases, both Crystal Palace and Wild Cave, are non-refundable. Please strongly consider the ability level and comfort level of your group members before purchasing a cave tour. If you have questions or concerns regarding the difficulty of tours, we are happy to give advice on which tour is best suited for your group. However, ultimately the decision is yours and refunds will not be given after a tour is purchased.
- Q: Are bathroom facilities available in the cave?
- A: There are no bathrooms in the cave. Please use the restroom before beginning your tour.
- Q: Are pets allowed in the cave?
- A: Due to the sensitive and fragile nature of the cave and its ecosystem, no animals are permitted inside.
- Q: Can I walk through the cave on my own?
- A: In order to protect and preserve the cave and ensure safety, all visitors entering the cave must be accompanied by a guide at all times.
- Q: Is the cave dangerous?
- A: Caves, by their very nature, can be dangerous environments. Please follow all staff instructions to ensure a safe and memorable experience. None of the wildlife in the cave pose a threat to humans.
- Q: My question isn't listed here; how can I get more information?
- A: Give us a call or send us an email! We'd love to hear from you and will happily answer any additional questions you may have. A more detailed FAQ specific to the Wild Cave Expedition tours can be found here.