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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37419
423 821 9403
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Ranked #4 of 69 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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ooltewah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Love the tour and the caves. It was a great time. Something different than the other attractions in the city of Chattanooga. Raccoon Mountain is a little known jem.

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Arden, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had a great tour of the Crystal Palace. Our guide was very informative and patient as I took lots of pictures. The tour moved at the pace of the group rather than a given time frame (much appreciated). The formations in the cave were incredible. One of my favorites was the shield. Definitely recommend this tour... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Ok, Ruby Falls does have the magnificent falls at the end of the tour which are spectacular..no doubt but the Raccoon Caverns tour was a better overall experience with more to look at and explore than Ruby Fall minus all of the commercial, touristy angles and aspects. Our guide was friendly, informative without about being overbearing and chatty (unlike our... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Me and my family went on the crystal palace tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guide was a tall, dark-haired guy with a beanie on his head (trying to be specific because there are two young tall guys that were up there). I forgot his name but he was very informative and answered all of our questions. We were most... More

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Evans, GA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

2 parents and adventurous 12yr old, all of whom like geology and caves. Did the Crystal Palace tour with Peyton, and it was very good. The cavern is beautiful, great pathway so you get to see lots and differing perspectives. Even saw a bat sleeping! But when son found out about the Wild Cave adventure, he begged to go! Decided... More

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

Thank you so very much for visiting our cave and for taking both a walking tour of the Crystal Palace followed by a Fossil Crawl Wild Cave Expedition. It certainly sounds as though your family had a wonderful and memorable adventure and your visit was very much appreciated. A return visit speaks volumes as to your satisfaction and we will... More

Conyers, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My friends and I will definitely go back and bring others as well. We completed the Waterfall Dome Expedition which was challenging. Our guide, Dylan, was awesome and really made the experience excellent.

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

Thanks you very much for visiting our cave and for taking the Waterfall Dome expedition. Our waterfall is completely natural and the flow is dictated by the amount of rainfall that we recently received. The waterfall is underneath a stream that comes down the mountain and is "fed" by water that finds its way into small openings that extend into... More

Lawrenceville, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Raccoon Mountain Caverns was our first stop upon arriving in the Chattanooga area. Fortunately we took our time getting to the tour area because that resultednin having a tour of the Crystal Palace Cave all to ourselves. Our guide was engaging and knowledgeable. He was very patient with our son who asked question after question. The cave is beautiful. The... More

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

Thank you very much for making a visit to Raccoon Mountain Caverns the first stop on your trip to the Chattanooga area. I am glad that you had an enjoyable visit and a great tour. We try to keep enough guides on hand at all times because we know that smaller group sizes will result in vastly greater satisfaction. In... More

Memphis, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We will definitely go back. Our guide, Brooke, was charming and informative. This is an extremely affordable your that kids that enjoy wildlife will enjoy. We saw salamanders and bats. It wasn't crowded. Good times.

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

I am glad that your family enjoyed the visit to Raccoon Mountain Caverns. We are a family-focused attraction and strive to keep our rates as low as possible for that reason. In addition, we prefer to have smaller, but more frequent, tour groups going into the cave because we know that this will enhance the learning experience. Our tours are... More

Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I took a basic walking tour of the cave this week and I had a wonderful and informative time. I saw lots of small animals in the cave, including a cute little harmless bat. My guide was very informative, very polite and entertaining, made sure that I didn't miss anything and he even took my photo without me asking him... More

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

Thanks very much for your recent visit and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. I also passed your comments along to Avery when I saw him and he was very appreciative. The guides always try to point out the cave life (salamanders, bats, etc.) when they see it because they know that it adds significantly to... More

Abbeville SC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We chose Raccoon Mountain caverns over Ruby Falls for our two little grandchildren and I was glad we did. I had already seen Ruby Falls and I personally think these caverns are much more interesting. This cavern has more scenes of formation with more variety and none of the cheesy colored lighting. The kids thought it looked like Mars because... More

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

Thank you very much for bringing your grandchildren for a tour of our cave. I am glad that you had an enjoyable visit and that the children were captivated by the experience. I will pass your comments about the lighting along to our geologist and she is of the very firm opinion that a natural caves such as ours should... More

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