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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 60 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

By far the best cave/attraction my family and I have been to in awhile. Very reasonable prices and staff is much more friendly than most places. But remember to bring your I.D. because they are the only place around Chattanooga to ask for it when your CC isn't signed (which is a VERY good thing.) Definitely recommend this attraction to... 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 the wonderful review. I stopped by the gift shop yesterday afternoon just before closing to thank the staff for yet another great job. I certainly agree with your statement that our cave is "Best in TN" and, a few years a national publication rated us as having the best cave... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

IF you don't do anything else in Chattanooga, you must go to Raccoon Mountain Caverns! Our guide, for the 45 minute walking tour ("Crystal Palace Tour"), was excellent; articulate, bright, and very knowledgeable. The Caverns and their setting are clean and well marked. The lighting in them is "appropriate" (NO tacky bright or flashing lights, etc. here) and allows you... 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 and for posting the wonderful review. Obviously, I am biased but totally agree with your statement that our cave is "Absolutely NOT to be missed." We take great pride in our cave and love to share it with our guests. Lighting in the cave is difficult and I... More 

Slidell, Louisiana
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a very good staff and visiting this month is the best time. we were the only group, so no crowds and no rushing.

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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 and for posting your comments. I will be sure to pass you comments along to the guide staff at our next meeting. Our cave is indeed a beautiful cavern and I agree (obviously biased) that it is a "must see." Visitation is typically down during the winter months... More 

Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We went to the raccoon mountain caverns on the way up to Nashville. We loves them so much we decided to make the trip back down the next day for the 4.5 hour tour. It was fantastic! Rhett, our guide was really friendly and happy to answer any/all questions (request him if he's available- he's great)! Within the first 20... More 

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

Thank you very much for your visit on your way to Nashville. I spoke with Rhett this afternoon when I ran into him in the gift shop. He mentioned how you had taken the Crystal Palace Walking Tour one day and like the cave so much that you came back for a Wild Cave Expedition. He was very appreciative of... More 

Mississippi
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I am a 52 year old single mom and I definately had reservations about going on the wild cave tour at Raccoon Mountain with my three kids.The caverns there are beautiful ! I really prefer them to the more commercialized feel of Ruby Falls.The regular cave tour which we had gone on several times in previous years is very interesting... More 

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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 wild cave expeditions. I ran into Jerry this morning in the cave gift shop and mentioned your review to him. Naturally, he was most appreciative and asked that I pass along his thanks. Thanks also for noticing that the cave does not have a commercial feel to it. This is because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited the Racoon Mountain cavern on a very cool day, so we were the only ones on the 'crystal palace' walking tour. It was great to have our own private tour, and our guide - Huston, was very informative and interesting. The portion of the cave we saw was intriguing, but it wasn't very big. Overall, the tour was... 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 during your recent visit to the Chattanooga area. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your personal tour of the Crystal Palace and will be sure to pass your comments along to Houston. The winter months are the "slow season" for the Crystal Palace Walking Tours as... More 

Florida
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Off the beaten path. No huge crowds or prices of Ruby falls. A great stop. The tour was informative and interesting. I took my in laws who are older and they walked the path with ease.

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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 provide a review of your tour for the benefit of future travelers. The cave is indeed beautiful and we do our best to maintain the cave in its natural state. It is 100% natural except for the electric lights and pathways. We are a family oriented... More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We enjoyed our tour very much and took some really good pictures! It is rather small but worth the visit. There is a gift shop as well. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

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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 am glad that you were able to take some great pictures. The beauty of digital photography is that you know immediately whether a picture has turned out and can re-take it if it did not turn out as expected. Our guides are under no time constraints and... More 

Gulf Shores, Alabama
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

I drove in about an hour aND a half away. I was 15 minutes late past the cutoff time for the day. Cory, one of the cavers, said "Sure no problem, I'll run you through the cave." And he did. The customer service was fantastic and he entertained me wit the history of the cave and it's features. Will bring... More 

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

Thank you very much for driving one and one-half hours just to see the cave and I cam certainly glad to hear that it was "worth the time." We have a beautiful cave and are very proud to show it off to our guests. Corey had already read your review and was very appreciative for your comments. One of the... More 

Houston
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The tour was great. Houston, the guide, was engaging. My 6 yr didn't want to see another cave but was totally into it Afterwards, we bought a bucket of dirt and they sifted thru for gems.

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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 you found it to be "totally worth going." Caves are interesting in that they are all different and each is therefore unique in it own right. Several things that make our cave stand out are that it is so very close to the surface (this... More 

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