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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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Great to visit on a rainy day!

We enjoyed our visit to the Racoon Mountain Caverns. It was a rainy day and a perfect time to visit. Our guide was well informed and happy to answer all questions.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Racoon Mountain Caverns. It was a rainy day and a perfect time to visit. Our guide was well informed and happy to answer all questions.

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

We booked a "low down birthday party", which ended up being a 2 hour adventure crawling & climbing through the cavern. Our grandsons are 7,9,11&12. Everyone had a blast including grandma & grandpa. Yes, everyone is must do the same climbing, etc but our guide, Patty, gave suggestions for foot/hand holds, was patient & kept safety a priority. As the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The wild cave expedition was a fantastic experience for my wife and I. The tour began with a short walk through crystal cavern, this part of the tour is fairly simple , well lit, with a lot of formations. to begin the true expedition, we ducked, and squeezed through a small enterance. This is where we are in total darkenss.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

What a surprise this turned out to be! Their website is pretty bad, so I expected this to be just another mediocre cave with a few decent formations and a quick tour by guides who don't know that much (sums up way too many cave experiences I've had, unfortunately). Boy, was I wrong. This is one of the best cave... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautifully lit cavern not far outside of the city. Free parking at the site and tours departing every 20 minutes-er-so. Tours last 45 minutes and cost approximately $15/adult. It is a flat walk with small staircases easily ambulated in sneakers. Our guide kept us entertained with cave formation facts and quirky comments.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Skip Ruby Falls and the other tourist spots and check out Raccoon Mountain Caverns instead. Beautiful caves, amazing guides and reasonable prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Houston made it so much fun. Thanks for a good time. Hope to come back again soon. It was a great way to celebrate our Easter weekend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The tour guide allowed my children to hold the flashlight during the tour of the cave. Answered the million questions they asked and entertained them. They loved it. We, the parents, enjoyed the beauty of the cave. Much smaller than ruby falls, but more enjoyable. Would love to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Took the Crystal Palace tour and it was quite enjoyable. Got some cave kisses ( 7 years good luck), saw baby cave salamanders, and saw interesting cave formations. Panned for gems afterwards and got some nice finds. Would visit again. Well worth the price. Kids enjoyed it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This cave is not as much as a tourist attraction as Ruby Falls. I did like this better than the Ruby Falls. Found out that the falls at Ruby Falls is turned on and lit up on a timer. Buy your tickets online for a raccoon caverns you save about three dollars per ticket. Then you just pick up your... More 

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