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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #4 of 78 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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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The staff was friendly but not very memorable. The cave itself was interesting and the tour guides seem knowledgeable. Inside the cave was much cooler than the outside air temperature which was a welcome event.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I wanted something less traveled and more natural. We got both easily and more!!! We picked the "wild cave tour" with the "fossil crawl" option. Worth every penny! Seeing the cave system in its natural elements gave me a sense of wonderment i haven't experienced since my grade school years! Our guide Dylan was awesome! Give that guy a raise!

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were staying in the nearby campgrounds and decided to tour the caverns on a rainy day. I really wasn't expecting very much since I had neither heard of nor read anything about these caverns. But what a treat! Raccoon Caverns may not advertise like the other big draws in this area, but if you miss seeing them you will... More

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

I would first like to start off by thanking you so very much for both staying at our campground and for taking the time to visit our cave. I deeply appreciate your thoughts about our "hidden gem" and for the detailed descriptions. I was present the day of your visit as I recall my staff talking about the incredible 90-year... More

Athens, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our family (children ages 8, 10, 18 and us parents) had a great time! We did the 4 hour tour that included the Fossil Crawl and Echo Room expeditions. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. Wear clothes that can get dirty (I suggest jeans/long sleeve shirt, it is cool in the cave). They provide helmets with a light, knee... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Rhett was our tour guide who provided an impressive narrative for the 45 minutes or so that we walked through the this 100% natural cave formation. Important not to touch anything with your hands. Wouldn't recommend for children under five; the ones in our group were bored and whined the entire time. For the hearty, and those who want a... 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 "five star" review which will be very much appreciate by Rhett. I will be seeing him tomorrow and will be sure to pass along your comments. Our cave is, as you mentioned an "authentic cave tour." All the formations are 100% natural and formed in place (you would actually be surprised... More

Whiteville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We just left from our second time to visit. Our tour guide, Emily, was great. It's not packed and touristy. We really enjoy it here. It's laid back and not rushed feeling like other caves in the area.

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

Thank you very much for your return visit to our cave. I am glad to hear that you once again enjoyed your visit and will be sure to pass your comments along to Emily when I see her this Saturday. (I am certain that she will appreciate the "five star" review as well.) We strive to present a beautiful cave... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We did the echo tour 1.5 hours. Great guides. Challenging and interesting and fun tour of cave. Be prepared if you take one of these cave trips ( not the regular visit) you will crawl through some tight spaces, slide down rocks and pull yourself up over rocks etc. It does require some physical stamina and ability to maneuver through... 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 to hear of your "awesome experience." I also deeply appreciate your "five star" rating and will pass your comments along to the wild cave staff. These tours can be challenging but, at the same time, go a long way toward building self-confidence as you overcome obstacles (tight spots, sliding, etc.)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We had a great guide named Emily. She was very informative and gave us plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the cavern. Will definitely return for one of the wild cave adventures.

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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 obviously glad that you had a "Great Experience." I will be sure to relay your comments to Emily when I see her this weekend. Our guides are under no time constraints, and we strive to treat our guests as guests as we want them to have a relaxing visit. We would... More

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

What a great time. Our guide was awesome. His name was Chris. Gave us a lot of information. We went on the 4 hour trip.Towards the end of I was getting very tired,he helped me up and alit. Husband and so enjoyed it so much.

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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 "five star" review that you left for Chris. I will be sure to pass your comments along to him. All of our guides are highly trained and will move the group at the speed of the slowest member. That allows everyone time to "play tourist" and take in the views. The... More

Rochester, New York
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My husband and I found this cave on TripAdvisor and it was awesome. We were the only two there at the time, so we went with one of the very knowledgeable guides. She took us all around the caves that she knew by heart, and told us about their history. Great adventure!

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

I am glad to hear that you had a "Wonderful Experience" and will be sure to pass your comments along to the guide staff. I deeply appreciate your having taken the time to place a visit to our cave on your itinerary while visiting the Chattanooga area from up north. We are very fortunate to have a guide staff that... More

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