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Address: 319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Phone Number: 423 821 9403
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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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Did not disappoint!

We were on vacation in the area and read several great reviews of the caverns. Well, we booked a tour, and were so glad we did. The cave is amazing and we were in a small tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Columbiana, Alabama
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Columbiana, Alabama
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on vacation in the area and read several great reviews of the caverns. Well, we booked a tour, and were so glad we did. The cave is amazing and we were in a small tour group with a fantastic guide. We have small boys and even they enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgable and added humor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled here in November! This was a neat place. We had went to Ruby Falls the day before, this place was way better. Much more laid back and less commercialized. Kids loved panning for stones.

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

Thank you very much for your visit this past November and for taking the time to share your thoughts. This will probably be my last response to a TripAdvisor review because the majority owner of the cave has decided to bring in an outside management company to run the property starting on February 1. I deeply appreciate your comments about... More 

Alpharetta, Georgia
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188 reviews
94 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went caving with a group of 13 people, 3 adults and 10 boys. We went on the 3 hour Eco expanded tour. One adult had knee issues and weighed about 300 lbs. He was able to get they the whole tour. There is a 5 minute part (could have been 30 seconds) when we turn off all the lights to... More 

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

Thank you so very much for your wonderful, "5 star" review. I will be sure to pass your comments along to Kyle. One item that often goes unnoticed by our groups is the strength of our guide program. Quite a few years ago, I was meeting with the owners / managers of two other caves that offer wild cave tours.... More 

Clemmons, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Wild Tour and loved every second of it! We got a little wet and a lot muddy but our entire group, age 10 - 57 counted it as the highlight of our family vacation in Tennessee. We all wish we lived closer so we could come back and explore other areas of the caverns the same way.... 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 "5 star" review. I will be sure to pass your comments along to Patty who, in addition to being our Staff Geologist, is also my sister. One of the highlights of my job over the past 18+ years has been to hear the wonderful stories of our guests who... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I heard good things about this cave in the past so while visiting the area with friends we had to stop by. We were not disappointed because this cave is incredible! It has a wide array of different formations and cave life to encounter. We took the standard Crystal Palace walking tour which was around 50 minutes but it felt... More 

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

Thank you so very much for your recent visit and for the "5 star" review. I can tell by your comments that you have visited quite a few caves and I am so glad to hear of your extremely positive comparisons. I will be sure to pass your comments along to my guide staff when I see them this weekend.... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I visited Raccoon Mountain Caverns for my birthday in April 2015. We had never spelunked before, so we had no idea what to expect (I was already a bit nervous since I'm claustrophobic). We chose the Waterfall Dome Expedition so we could get the most of the cave. Our guide, Rhett, was awesome - super knowledgeable and... 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, of course, for the "5 star" review. I am glad to hear that both you and your partner thoroughly enjoyed the cave, and will be sure to pass your comments along to Rhett. I am very proud of the fact that we are truly a attraction where lifelong memories are made.... More 

Marietta, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a cold January day and were so glad we did. The cave system is pretty extensive but we did the 45 min tour and really enjoyed it. My Mom who is older and walks with a cane was able to make the trek and enjoyed the walk. Wear comfortable shoes.

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

Thank you very much for the visit and for the wonderful, "5 star" review. I am also glad to hear that your mother enjoyed the walk. We actually receive quite a few calls from guests who have concerns about walking in the cave. The actual tour covers less than 1/3 of a mile and there are 121 steps (scattered in... More 

Gulfport, Mississippi
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our tour of the Raccoon Mountain Caverns. The staff was very patient with our children. We will return to this beautiful place.

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

Thank you very much for your visit and, of course, for the "5 star" review. I will pass your comments along to my guide staff. They always enjoy hearing all feedback. I am very proud of the fat that my staff is exceptional with young children. We have a great deal of experience with school tours of the cave. Children... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brook did a great job taking us through the 1 hour cave tour, learned a lot. Cave is well managed and preaerved. Wasn't gimmicky and over done.

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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 "5 star" review. I will be sure to pass your comments along to Brooke when I see her, and I am sure that it will make her day. I view our cave tours as being educational and we are here to show you a very well preserved cave while... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this cave, the Lookout Mountain (Battlefield national park), Walnut street bridge and coolidge park, chattanooga riverwalk, chattanooga choo choo and this cave is our #1 attraction. We were with 2 small kids and everybody loved the cave, our first time here. The tour was quick, 45 mins...wish it could be longer, $30 entrance for 2 adults and 1... 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 I was very disturbed to hear that you felt as though the guide was rushing you. That is because I staff enough guides so that the guides can take their time and focus on showing the cave to our guests. I have worked hard over the years to keep our rates... More 

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