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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #4 of 77 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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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the nearby campground so were always going to explore the caves. Our guide was knowledgeable and patient, the caves were amazing in their scope and variety of stalactites and stalagmites and nice and cool place to be away from the sun. Most of all the kids enjoyed 'panning' for gemstones!

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Knoxville
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Had a great with our group. We were a large group of almost 30 and they did a fantastic job of making sure we all were included. Thanks to Tucker.

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Monroe, GA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This was a good choice to Ruby Falls. Not as crowded and a few more things to do. If you like caves this has a number of choices.

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Duluth, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I didn't know about this but saw an ad for them so I asked the hotel staff...they heard good things so we tried it and loved it! I will be back for a longer tour. The staff is great, it was not crowded, and was very interesting and beautiful.

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

Thank you very for taking the time to inquire and then visit our cave. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour so much that you are considering a return visit for one of our famous wild cave expeditions. These go into the inner portions of the cave system and are a perennial favorite. Best of all, the time of... More

Sulphur, Louisiana
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We stopped by to let the kids stretch there legs during a long trip, and they loved it. The guide was very knowledgeable of the cave and was very helpful. The inside temperature is always a comfortable. Our three year old had no problem walking the whole tour. Nice place to visit.

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

Thank you very much for stopping to stretch your legs during your recent stopover in Chattanooga. It is very much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed your tour and the cave is always a very refreshing sixty-degrees and makes for a great visit on a hot day. (The cave stays the same temperature year-round so, while it is still... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We got there early on a Saturday morning and had the whole place to ourselves! The girl who lead our tour was fantastic - she was friendly and informative and spent the entire time chatting with us - we were basically given our own private tour. It was a great escape from the heat and it's a fast, easy drive... 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 taking the time to leave some comments for the benefit of future guests. Both of the girls who work on Saturday mornings are in school during the week so I will be sure to pass along your kind words when I see them on Saturday. This past Saturday seemed to get off... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is slightly out of the way (all of 25 minutes from the aquarium), unless you're actually staying at their campground, but there weren't any crowds there, parking is almost inside the caverns, and with go-karts, an arcade, and "gem panning", there's plenty to do in one place. The tour is decent, and cheap compared to the hassle of Ruby... More

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

Thank you very much for including a visit to our cave during your stay in Chattanooga. I was a bit surprised about the 25 minutes it took you to get to our cave from the Aquarium. Typically, it is about a 10 min +/- drive (Cave to I-24, I-24 to US 27 North, Exit 1C, left at second light and... More

Kennesaw, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The cave was nice. We took the short 45 minute tour. Tour guide Josh was great. Spoke well and was funny. Maybe a longer tour would've been better. Seemed a little pricey for the short tour. Got to see a bat. Slippery at times. We were warned every time there was an area where u could either slip or hit... More

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

Thank you very much for your visit and for taking the time to share your comments. I mentioned your comments to Josh when I saw him and checked the tour log to verify the length of your tour. (Josh was, by the way, very appreciative of your visit and wanted me to pass along his personal thanks for your visit... More

Athens, Ga
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stayed at Racoon Mountain rv park as my husband was dead set on going to the caverns. I had all kinds of places picked out for sightseeing around Chattanooga and was kind of hesitant about caving. What a pleasant surprise! Cory was our guide and it was just 4 of us on the tour. He was very 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 visit and for taking the time to share your thoughts for the benefit of other travelers. I will be sure to go by the gift shop and mention your review to Corey. He is very devoted to the cave and, in addition to being a Senior Crystal Palace Cave Guide, is also certified to... More

Carrollton, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On the first day in Chattanooga it was really rainy and we wanted an underground adventure so we headed over to Raccoon Mtn. The guide was really knowledge able and there were some neat rock formations. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because it was only about 35-40 min long.

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

Thank you very much for visiting our cave which indeed makes for a great underground escape virtually any day. The cave is indeed filled a tremendous amount of natural and diverse formations all of which are where Mother Nature placed them. I was a bit concerned about your comment about the tour being 35-40 minutes and checked the tour logs... More

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