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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #3 of 77 attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Parks, Lookouts
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... more » 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. « less
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WICKLIFFE
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We took a wild cave tour thru the Echo Room. I am a bit claustrophobic so this was a challenge for me. There are some tight crawls, but nothing panic inducing. We took a loop through the cave so there was very little backtracking. Great guide, nice cave, good price, we got filthy! We've been to caves all over.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I took my seven year old to the Raccoon Mountain Crystal Palace Walking Tour. We both loved it and had a great time. The tour guide was great, she pointed out cave salamanders and answered all my seven year olds questions. This is a great family activity. We actually drove to Ruby Falls first but the line was so unbelievably... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Everyone told me to go to Ruby Falls, and I did, but I enjoyed this cave much more. Partly because it wasn't as crowded and you didn't have to pass a bunch of other groups. However, the best part of the tour was Brooke!!!! Very young, but don't let that fool you, she knows her stuff!!!! This cave has some... More

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Winter Garden, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We visited July 2014 with a party of four adults and 8 kids ages 1-15. Our two five year olds and 7 year olds enjoyed the pace and the guide took lots of time to point out salamanders and specific cave formations. He was so patient with their questions and shared how they often hosted sleep overs in the caverns.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a local place without the corporate ad budget of the other big cave in town. Excellent tour, over an hour led by enthusiastic college kids. Our guide, Rhett (seriously) was knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to our 9 year old son, and we had a blast. Do yourself a favor and check this place out,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We got a combo tickets which included either a go kart or a gem mining experience. First let's talk about the cave ; It wasn't as cramped and claustrophobia inducing as Ruby Falls. Also in contrast to Ruby Falls, we were encouraged to maintain the natural state of the cave by not touching anything. There was a lot to see... More

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

Thank your very much for visiting our cave and I am glad to hear that you had the best time here. We are a family-oriented attraction and try to offer the very best value possible for our guests. Thank you also for noticing the small details such as that we ask our guests not to touch the formations. This is... More

Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Have always gone to ruby falls but heard good things about raccoon caverns. Took our 4 year old grandson, and he (we) had a blast it was beautiful. Brooke our tour guide, was not only very informative, we very very impressed with her knowledge. She handled the interruptions and impatience of a 4 year old very well. Brooke if you... More

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

I am glad to hear that you decided to visit our cave based upon the good things that you had heard. We have a beautiful cave that is filled with an outstanding array of 100% natural cave formation plus we have a tremendous guide staff that loves to show off the cave to our guests. I really appreciate your taking... More

cleveland, Tennessee, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We visited on July 4th. My husband and I and our 11 year old daughter. We decided to get one of their package deals which included the cave tour, gem panning and go kart driving. The young man who did our tour, Corey, did a super job!! The gem panning and Go Karts were fun too! However, our daughter, who... 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 I am glad to hear that your family had a great time. I will be sure to mention your comments to Corey the next time that I see him. As you could tell, our staff strives to accommodate every reasonable request. In this instance, the campground pool was not busy so... More

Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great little find off the beaten path. HIghly recommended because it is so cool and a beautiful mountainous setting!

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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 venture off the beaten path and to visit our cave. As you found out, we are just 1.3 miles off of Interstate 24 but tucked away at the base of Raccoon Mountain. I like to think of our area as being the scenic side of town with Lookout Mountain just a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We planned our trip to the Chattanooga, TN area around this spelunking tour and we are sooooo glad we did!!! Chris did a great job with our family of four (mom, dad, 7 yr old and 11 yr old)! We felt like royalty with the guide being only ours for our tour! It was sooo worth the money and we... More

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

Thank you very much for planning your trip to Chattanooga around a visit to our cave. That says a lot and is very much appreciated. I will be sure to let Chris know that he once again did a great job and that you thoroughly enjoyed your wild cave expedition. Likewise, I am also glad to hear that you are... More

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