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Address: 319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Phone Number: 423 821 9403
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Description: Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just 1.3 miles off of I-24 at the...
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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Very impressive caves

One of the most impressive sites in Chattanooga. Do yourself a favor and find time to go here. It's way more interesting and impressive than Ruby Falls, and most caves I've... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Timothy F
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

One of the most impressive sites in Chattanooga. Do yourself a favor and find time to go here. It's way more interesting and impressive than Ruby Falls, and most caves I've visited. They do extended tours and overnight stays. Don't be put off by the group of teenagers working there - they actually do some very good tours.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

We got there early Sunday morning and the campground area was just coming alive. The young lady that did our tour was great. We literally had a private tour, just hubby and I. We were able to move at our own pace. The cave was beautiful and I've seen several over the years. It just felt alive. The over night... 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. I checked the schedules and it appears that your guide was Brooke so I was sure to mention your comments the next time that I saw her. Naturally, she was very appreciative and asked that pass along her thanks for visiting our cave. We never know when the... More 

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My two kids (ages 6 and 7) loved the cavern and asked lots of questions. The tour guide (I wish I could remember his name) was awesome and very patient. The formations were extremely interesting, I loved seeing the shield and was just amazed at how it formed. We saw a bat and some crickets so that was cool. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had a great tour guide named Houston. Alot of salamanders and we even seen some cave crickets. A lot of cool formations. Had a great time!

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

Thank you very much for your recent visit and I am glad to hear that you had an "awesome" experience. I ran into Houston shortly after I had read your review and, needless-too-say, it made his day. He was very appreciative of both your visit and comments. In addition to the immense array of natural and diverse formations, we are... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

For those of us not brave to truly spelunk, this is 'caves light' and a worthwhile adventure when temperatures spike... As long as you're in the area, be sure to drive on over and up, around Raccoon Mountain Lake. Regrettably after 09.11, tours of the machinations underground that make the power when water is released are no longer available, but... More 

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

Thank you very much for your recent visit to our cave. The cave is actually sixty-degrees year-round so it feels cool when the outside temperatures are above sixty-degrees and actually quite warm when the outside temperature is much cooler. The TVA reservoir that you mentioned is actually not part of us and is rather owned and operated by the Tennessee... More 

Hong Kong
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Just finished the overnight expedition at Racoon caves with my girlfriend and we absolutely lived it! Ask for Rhett as your guide, young guy with lots of energy and good knowledge of the cave. Weather outside was freezing cold so we thought this would be a convenient way to combine an adventure with good temperature camping. The cave itself is... More 

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

Thank you very much for including a visit to our cave to your recent visit to the Chattanooga area. I mentioned your review to Rhett and he was extremely appreciative of your comments and asked that I pass along his thanks. You are correct that there are fewer formations as you go deeper into the cave system. This is because,... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Our group did the 4.5 hour waterfall tour with Jerry and we had SO much fun! Def cooler than expected. We got to challenge ourselves squeezing in tiny places or having the option to walk around. I took the harder way every opportunity to get more out of the experience. It was beautiful inside the cave. We will be back... More 

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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 Waterfall Dome Expedition. I will be sure to pass along your comments to Jerry the next time that I see him. Our cave has numerous passageways and most "obstacles" have easier ways around. Our guides are trained to move the group at the speed of the slowest member... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Not a real large cave, but lots of nice formations. An easy cave tour, and very near downtown Chattanooga.

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

Thank you very much for your visit last April and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I certainly agree that it is a "Nice Cave." While the Crystal Palace Walking Tour covers just under 1/3 of a mile, the cave is actually significantly larger with over 7 1/2 miles of explored passageways. The Crystal Palace Tour examines the... More 

newbern, nc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had our son's 5 th birthday party at the Cavern today and thorough enjoyed ourselves. I spoke with Patty and booked it. The process was very easy and she kept in contact with me via email. My son has a food coloring allergy so she catered all the goody bags to include only toys and no treats. Our party... More 

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

Thank you very much for having your son's 5th birthday party here at Raccoon Mountain and I am glad that it was a success. We're excited about a new mini-golf addition that we have been working on that it is pirate-themed so that it can be used as an addition to the standard pirate party. Currently, we have the nine... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Raccoon Mountain can be found by following signs off the interstate. You are led past a lot of modern housing complexes and broken down country shelters. After climbing a small hill you find you are in a complex with the cave up and the camping location down. In addition to the caving they have a small bit of panning sands... More 

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

Thank you very much for your visit last month and for taking the time to leave a detailed review. The cave is typically at its wettest during the winter months since the cooler days and lower temperatures allow for more water to seep into the cave. The Crystal Palace tour is along a graveled pathway. At times, small pieces of... More 

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