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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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I town for only a day to explore the city & stumbled upon the Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Very glad we went. The employees were friendly & tour guide was great. It was about a 45... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I town for only a day to explore the city & stumbled upon the Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Very glad we went. The employees were friendly & tour guide was great. It was about a 45 min tour. We weren't rushed through and could take pictures, look & ask questions as much as we liked. I was very impressed! A MUST... More 

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Cortez, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband and I visited and toured both Ruby Falls and Raccoon Mountain Caverns and though the Falls were spectacular we enjoyed Raccoon Caverns much more. Yes the Ruby Falls tour was longer but we saw so much more at Raccoon Mountain and though both tour guides were great the young lady at Ruby Falls had to deal with so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My girlfriend and I went here yesterday and it was amazing. I've been to Carlsbad Caverns out west, and we had just left Ruby Falls, and the guide we had here easily topped those. Dylan was well informed, and loved answering questions. He didn't rush the tour, was easy to talk to, and made it interactive. He gave us the... More 

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springfield, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Passing through Chatanooga my husband and I decided to visit the cavern. My husband made reservations for our tour....which was my mistake. He booked us on the fossil tour which involves a lot of small, dark and on that day muddy places. Kyle helped us get on knee pads and helmets with lights. My husband has been caving before but... More 

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

Thank your very much for your recent visit and for taking the time to share your thoughts. Our guides are able to customize their tours and this can result in the guides having a preferred time and area in which to provide our wild cave patrons with background information about the cave, what they are about to experience and, above... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My family chose the 1.5 hour eco-tour, and it was a blast. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. While many of the passes were tight, and we certainly got a little dirty and muddy, it wasn't too difficult to manage the small passageways. My kids absolutely loved it. Saw a couple bats, baby salamanders and some crickets. Very reasonably... 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 for taking one of our wild cave expeditions. I am obviously delighted that your family thoroughly enjoyed their visit and had a great time. I am glad that you also had the opportunity to view some of the life that exists within the cave. Unlike a zoo which "stocks" the wildlife... More 

Dahlonega, Georgia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
79 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Much more 'cave' to see than at nearby Ruby Falls. I visited here in October, and came back while in the area in April. Tucker (1st trip) and Rhett (2nd) were my guides on the Crystal Palace tour; both did admirable jobs, explaining the who-how-when-and-why of the cave. They were never in a hurry and took time for questions. Wear... 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 especially glad to hear that your most recent visit was a return visit. Even more interesting is the fact that both Rhett and Tucker are brothers. I can assure you though that both will be very appreciative of your "5 star" review. I also agree 100% with your statement... More 

Statham, GA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

My husband and I went on the crystal palace tour while we were visiting chattanooga over Valentine's day weekend. We had a lot of fun on the tour, but our 9 year old son was disappointed that we went without him. I took him on our next trip to Chattanooga over spring break and he loved it! When we went... More 

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

Thank you very much for both of your visits and I am glad to hear that your family enjoyed them both. I will be sure to pass along your comments to Houston and I am sure that he will be very appreciative of them and of the "5 star" review. We had quite a stretch of rain in both March... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Our scout troop has enjoyed the Wild Cave Trip offered by Raccoon Mountain Caverns on several occasions. If you don't mind being muddy and enjoy crawling around in a cave, this is the best trip around. We have taken wild cave trips in other caverns in this area and Raccoon Mountain is by far the best.

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

I am delighted to hear that your scout group had another great time. I will be sure to pass your comments along to my guide staff as they all appreciate the feedback that our guests provide. You comparisons to others caves in the regions is appreciated as well, as we are continuously told that we have the very best wild... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We were in the Chattanooga area for a family wedding with our young adult daughter and learned about Raccoon Mountain Caverns from a Google search of the area. Our expectations were low but other Trip Advisors' rating were high so we took a chance-and also learned about ordering tickets online and saved roughly $4/ticket! It was a delightful hour or... 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 your "5 star" review. I will be sure to mention it to Avery when I see him tomorrow morning. I am glad that you decided to stop by and visit our cave because we strive to offer our guests great value coupled with the knowledge that their patronage enables us... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The guide was really nice. It took about an hour, but they basically walk you around a big circle. The caverns are moderately impressive. The gift shop carries a big supply of confederate flag items; make of that what you will.

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

Thank you very much for your recent visit. The Crystal Palace Walking Tour of which you mentioned, is indeed a rather large loop through the front portion of the cave system. This is rather unique because so many caves have just one pathway that goes to a stopping point and then you must turn around and exit. The problem with... More 

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