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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #4 of 79 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Parks, Lookouts, Outdoors
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Owner description: Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just 1.3 miles off of I-24 at the Lookout Valley exit (#174), and is less than ten minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Visitors are presented with a cave in its natural state and our 45-minute (+/-) Crystal Palace Walking Tour allows them to view thousands of diverse formations - stalagtites, stalagmites, delicate soda straws, flowstone, rimstone pools, draperies, columns, natural bridges, and a rare shield formation. We also offer a variety of wild cave "spelunking" expeditions for those who want to view beyond the lighted pathways and explore deeper into the mountain. Our Waterfall Dome expedition permits visitors to view the areas tallest underground, natural (unassisted) flowing waterfall.
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Ardmore, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by the caverns . They are beautiful , and it is possible to see many different formation on a short walk. The young guide was very good, showing us everything and answering questions. A well spent hour. There are a lot of stairs, but even though I have arthritis that sometimes limits what I can do,... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and I am glad to hear that you were pleasantly surprised, but sorry to hear of your arthritis. We have a total of 121 steps throughout the entire pathway of the Crystal Palace Tour. Fortunately, they are widely spaced throughout the tour. I hope that you enjoyed our ground-level entrance which allows us... More

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We were up in Chattanooga for the weekend and wanted to avoid the lines at Ruby Falls and happened upon Racoon Mountain Caverns. We loved it! The staff was great - highly knowledgeable and kept the tour entertaining for the adults and kids in our group. We did the basic walking tour but plan to come back for the longer... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your recent visit and for posting your comments on Trip Advisor. We try our best to keep enough guides on hand so that we can have smaller groups going into the cave more frequently. The smaller group sizes, in turn, allow the guide to take his / her time to show you the cave, point out... More

Seymour, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I visited the cave in early October as part of our anniversary trip. We have been to many caves in the area and this is by far one of our favorites!! We toured in a very small group (just us and one other couple) it was a very pleasant experience. We had an excellent tour guide, although... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit our cave while in the Chattanooga area on your anniversary. Dylan was your guide as he is the only Crystal Palace Walking Tour Guide who lives in Alabama. (It may seem to be far away but it is less than thirty minutes away.) We also have quite a few staff... More

Memphis, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Our family recently did the Waterfall Dome wild tour. Our guide was Kylend and he did an excellent job. He had a strong knowledge of the cave and its formations and he also was very patient with us whenever we reached an obstacle that made us nervous. We had done the Echo Room tour 2 times previously (summer 2013 and... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thanks so much for another visit and for taking the time to post your thoughts and comments. I will certainly be sure to thank Kylend for doing a wonderful job once again. Our Waterfall is natural and unassisted (no pumps to enhance flow). Since it is 100% natural, its flow is basically determined by what is happening or has happened... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Was really great tour for 9 year old and hubby. Be ready to get dirty! Unique cave tour! Recommend highly.

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking one of our unforgettable wild cave expeditions. I am glad that you and your family had a great time and I will be sure to pass your comments along to the wild cave guide staff. I also appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts and comments about the tour for the benefit... More

Kennesaw, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The staff was friendly but not very memorable. The cave itself was interesting and the tour guides seem knowledgeable. Inside the cave was much cooler than the outside air temperature which was a welcome event.

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting this past July and for your comments. The cave is in awesome source of air conditioning in the summer months since it is a natural 58-60 degrees. A natural chimney effect occurs as hot air rises and cool air sinks. The main entrance to the cave just happens to be the lowest (and largest)... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I wanted something less traveled and more natural. We got both easily and more!!! We picked the "wild cave tour" with the "fossil crawl" option. Worth every penny! Seeing the cave system in its natural elements gave me a sense of wonderment i haven't experienced since my grade school years! Our guide Dylan was awesome! Give that guy a raise!

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting our cave and for taking the Fossil Crawl Wild Cave Expedition. It certainly sounds as though you had a wonderful time and left with both a sense of accomplishment and life-long memories. Certainly more people walk above ground than below but those that venture "down under" are typically surprised and amazed at what they... More

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were staying in the nearby campgrounds and decided to tour the caverns on a rainy day. I really wasn't expecting very much since I had neither heard of nor read anything about these caverns. But what a treat! Raccoon Caverns may not advertise like the other big draws in this area, but if you miss seeing them you will... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

I would first like to start off by thanking you so very much for both staying at our campground and for taking the time to visit our cave. I deeply appreciate your thoughts about our "hidden gem" and for the detailed descriptions. I was present the day of your visit as I recall my staff talking about the incredible 90-year... More

Athens, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our family (children ages 8, 10, 18 and us parents) had a great time! We did the 4 hour tour that included the Fossil Crawl and Echo Room expeditions. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. Wear clothes that can get dirty (I suggest jeans/long sleeve shirt, it is cool in the cave). They provide helmets with a light, knee... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

I would like to thank you very much for bringing your family down from Athens to take the Echo Room Expedition. I relayed your comments to Corey (and thanked him for doing yet another fine job) who was deeply appreciative and wanted me to pass along his thanks for your visit. A simple pair of old jeans and a long... More

atlanta
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Rhett was our tour guide who provided an impressive narrative for the 45 minutes or so that we walked through the this 100% natural cave formation. Important not to touch anything with your hands. Wouldn't recommend for children under five; the ones in our group were bored and whined the entire time. For the hearty, and those who want a... More

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Robert P, General Manager at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting and for the "five star" review which will be very much appreciate by Rhett. I will be seeing him tomorrow and will be sure to pass along your comments. Our cave is, as you mentioned an "authentic cave tour." All the formations are 100% natural and formed in place (you would actually be surprised... More

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