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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

Address: 319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Phone Number: 423 821 9403
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Ranked #4 of 55 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Parks, Lookouts, Outdoors
Owner description: Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just 1.3 miles off of I-24 at the Lookout Valley exit (#174...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Parks, Lookouts, Outdoors
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We took the 45 minute walking tour. We were able to walk it with a two year old and a baby in a carrier but it was still adventurous. The cave has quite a bit of lighting that highlights the formations. Our guide was very knowledgable about the cave and we learned a lot. We saw cave crickets and lots... 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 and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. I am glad that you decided to visit our cave, and I am obviously glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the Crystal Palace Walking Tour. Our guides love showing off the cave and like to point our the natural inhabitants... More 

Atlanta
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went to celebrate a birthday. This was a first-time experience for half of our party of 2. First, the good - the caves were awesome. We only saw minimal wildlife, but it was a chilly day (not inside, of course, where the temperature is stable and comfortable), and it had been raining. It was more challenging than I anticipated,... More 

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

First, let me start off by saying that I am extremely sorry to hear that you did not thoroughly enjoy your tour experience. Your comments took me by surprise, too say the least, because I was present at the end of your tour when you told Michael that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed it so much that you... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This cavern won't take more than an hour of so. If you like caverns you'll really enjoy this. Not too large for kids but just enough fun to take the family out for 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 for taking the time to share your comments. I am naturally glad to hear that the visit to the cave was a "great surprise" and that you enjoyed your visit. I hope that your family decides to return in the future for a return visit since you are from the Chattanooga... More 

Crossville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

One of the best trips we've ever taken with our church youth group. The guides were awesome! Parts of the cave were a bit challenging but the guide was very helpful and showed us how to maneuver safely. Our group was ages 11 to 40. Everyone had a GREAT time and every single person wants to go back again. Be... More 

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

Thank you very much for visiting and I am glad that everyone in your group had a great time. It is quite rewarding to hear that your caving expedition at Raccoon Mountain was one of the best trips that your church group has taken. We try our very best to provide you our guests with an exceptional caving experience and... More 

Molena, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My husband and I took our grandkids to Raccoon Mountain, and we had a great time. The cave tour was educational and fun, and the guide Emily did a wonderful job answering adult and children questions. We "mined for gold" successfully discovering fossils and gems. They also have go-karts, walking paths, and courteous helpers. I was very pleased and plan... More 

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

Thank you very much for bringing the grandkids to visit the cave and I am glad to hear that the entire family had a wonderful and enjoyable visit. I will be sure to pass your comments along to Emily when I see her this weekend. I also thoroughly appreciate the recommendation of the kids because that certainly attests to them... More 

Shippensburg, PA
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41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We recently stopped here during our road trip through TN. My husband and I were the only people on the tour. Josh was our tour guide. He did a great job. We have been in several caves and he explained things we had not been told before. We enjoyed the tour very much.

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

Thank you very much for stopping to visit our cave during your recent visit through Tennessee. We take great pride in our cave and our guides are highly trained so that they can explain the geology, relate the history of the cave, point out the various formations, etc. Josh has been with us for several years and I will be... More 

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119 reviews 119 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My family had a blast touring the cave. Dylan our your guide was great! The kids were really interested in finding the salamanders in the cave. Dylan went out of his way to make sure the kids not only saw them, but made sure we didn't step on any on the path. He was very knowledgable about the cave and... 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 wonderful review. I am obviously glad that your family had a blast and I thanked Dylan for doing another great job. We are very proud of our cave and we love to show it. It is always great to see life within the cave. Our cave is left natural so we... More 

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
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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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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 

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