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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #3 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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Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

There was a very long line at ruby falls so we went here instead. The temperature was very cool inside and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. However in my opinion caves are naturally occurring places that should be able to be enjoyed by all who wish to enter without a charge just like most water falls. Not turned into... More

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

Thank you very much for visiting the cave which supports our efforts to preserve and protect the cave, its delicate eco-system, and the inhabitants within the cave. The State of Tennessee is known for running a very tight fiscal ship that combines a balanced budget with taxpayer demands for low taxes. Unfortunately, they cannot fund every project and cannot afford... More

Aiken, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I love Raccoon Mountain cause it has a lot more to offer than just it's beautiful cavern..!! I like staying at their campground and cool festivals during certain times of the year. I've drove their big Go-carts and raced the clock. Hang glided off the side of the mountain. I even rode on one of these small 2 person planes... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

When looking at reviews to figure which cavern to go to I decided on this one as I didn't want to pay the price for ruby falls. However I wish I would have planned ahead and done the 2 hour cave tour or one of the longer ones. The guide I had was ok, had 2 families along the tour... More

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

Thank you for having taken the time to visit our cave and for sharing your thoughts. The Crystal Palace Walking Tour is estimated at 45-minutes, +/- and is just $14.95 for adults ages 13+, $6.95 for children ages 5-12, and children under age five are free (most attractions in the area only let children under age two in at no... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We brought our 5 sons ages 5-12 on this cave tour, and every one of them enjoyed it. Our guide kept it interesting enough that even the 5 year old loved it. But try not to be the last tour of the day so you aren't rushed out.

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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, on the one hand glad that it seems as though the guide did a good job and that you liked the beautiful formations found along the paths of the Crystal Palace Walking Tour. On the other hand, I was disappointed to hear that you felt rushed at closing. That is, I... More

Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Loved our visit here. The staff was so friendly and helpful. We rented a cabin at the campground and visited the cavern. There was also a gameroom, and a playground. The cavern tour was great. It has some things that you dont see in other caves and the tour guide was so friendly and knew alot of the history of... 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 very glad that you and your family had a wonderful time at both the cave and campground. The guides are all highly trained and have a great knowledge of the cave, its history, formations, and of the life that exists within in. We try our best to operate our business with... More

Galesburg, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a guided tour very inexpensive the tour guides are knowable,friendly and really seem to love their job

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit our cave while you were in the Chattanooga area. I am obviously biased but agree with you that it is a very beautiful cave and appreciate your nice comments. I will pass you comments on to the guides at their next meeting. Thanks again for your comments and I hope... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We booked the echo tour. This being our first time caving, we weren't sure what to expect. Might should have started a little easier, but we had a blast, Chris was patient with newbies. We had to belly crawl, slide down a rope and slid on our bottom frequently. Fear of heights and small spaces will be conquered! We loved... More

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

Welcome to the fantastic world of spelunking and I am so that that you chose Raccoon Mountain for your first trip caving and that you had a great time. Chris is a Senior Guide and I will be sure to pass along your comments to him the next time that I see him. Caving, as you probably found out, is... More

Richmond, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went to Raccoon Caverns and instead of feeling like a thousand people tramp through it all day long.. it had a undiscovered feel to it. You can also go into the private part of the cave with your guide. We didn't have time to do that but we loved the feel fo this cave. It had a small town... More

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

Thank you very much for stopping by to tour our cave and I am glad that you enjoyed your visit. I will also be sure to pass your comments along to Tucker when I see him later today. As you noticed, the guides are under no time pressures as we want our guests to enjoy their visit. We are more... More

Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My husband and I didn't have a whole lot of time in Chattanooga so after going over the reviews we decided to do Raccoon Mountain Caverns instead of Ruby Falls. We were not disappointed. They were beautiful and our tour guide (Shout out to Cody!) was incredibly knowledgable. He answered every question we asked and stuck around at the end... 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 the Crystal Palace Walking Tour. I am glad hat we were able to exceed your expectations and that you enjoyed your visit. I ran into your guide this afternoon and shared your comments with him. Naturally, he was very appreciative and wanted me to pass along his thanks as... More

Cleveland, Tennessee
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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I really wanted to go on one of the Wild Cave Tours, but one of my friends was too afraid to do it, so we did the walking tour instead. It was interesting, and the cave was beautiful, but it seemed as though the tour took about 20 minutes to complete. It was not worth $12. I will eventually go... 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 the Crystal Palace Walking Tour. I was sorry to hear that you were unable to take one of our Wild Cave Expeditions and that you did not thoroughly enjoy the walking tour. Your comment about the length of tour was very concerning so I went and checked the cave... More

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