Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Donna H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really cool cave tour
    We toured Raccoon Mountain Caverns today and really enjoyed it. The tour is presented in a way that you can see the natural beauty of the caverns with minimal man made disruptions. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun and he made us feel welcome.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Dewayne C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in our opinion!
    Loved the cavern tour with all the beautiful formations! Saw a couple of salamanders, a cave cricket, and a bat. What we didn't like: the guide talked very fast and it was sometimes hard to understand him; he and the other couple on the tour didn't give us much room at the stops to see things; and, most importantly, the mentions of the religion of evolution/millions of years. We would have enjoyed the tour much more had the guide stuck to just the facts without bringing in that unproven theory. We also enjoyed their small gift shop--they had quite a few rocks, some quite unique, and the prices were great!
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • melissa p
    Mobile, Alabama8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!!!
    My Happy Place 😍😍😍 10 stars I have been twice and I would go again tomorrow! Much better than Ruby Falls and Discovered/named by the same man. WONDERFUL!! DO NOT take small children (under 8) who cannot follow instructions! The caverns ecosystem is very delicate and you cannot touch anything.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Cali C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see!
    This is our second time visiting, and couldn’t recommend it enough. We’ve done Ruby Falls and Raccoon. If you can only do one cavern on your trip, Raccoon Mountain is the one. Our tour guide today was awesome (forgot his name 🤦🏻‍♀️), but it is seriously such an incredible place with so much education and history. We went with a 4 and 7 year old, and they were also obsessed! So fun!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Kimberly R
    Warrenton, Oregon5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    DON'T DRINK THE WATER!!
    The crystal palace walking tour was so cool! First off, if you go when it's hot outside, it feels like air conditioning inside so I really don't think you need a jacket. Most of us were in tshirts, shorts and tank tops and were just fine. I would wear sneakers but our tour guide was wear sandals so I suppose that's fine too. There are some stairs to climb and some of them are a little wet. Other than that, our guide Madison was so much fun and informative and told us so many cool stories about how they discovered the caves and all kinds of sciency stuff. You're gonna get tons of cool pics, and she even took a pic us. This cave tour was worth every penny! Biggest take away: DON'T DRINK THE WATER unless you want an instant colonoscopy :)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • QGJohn
    Davie, Florida935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Cave & Tour
    Very good tour. Our guide Tristan was very personable and related a lot of information about the cave, it's history and much of it owing to Leo Lambert, who found and built out Ruby Falls Cave. We had a fairly small group, 10 total, made up of 4 groups. Having seen Ruby Falls first was a plus since he was very involved with this cave, we knew who Tristan was talking about.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Christina M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Raccoon Rocks!
    Tristan was AMAZING! We visited the caverns 2 years ago and came back again with family for our annual vaca to Chatt and loved it even more! The tour is informative and beautiful and HILARIOUS! The tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable and add their own flair to each experience. We love Raccoon Mountain Caverns and will choose them over Ruby Falls every time!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Active Adventures 365
    Miami, Florida43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eric, the Tour Guide, Made It Great!
    The cave tour was short, but it was so packed with great information and important knowledge about the precious nature of the living eco systems of caves. Our guide, Eric, was a gift of wisdom. He used great metaphors about how caves are formed and clever ways to remember the names of the formations. If we had more people like him in our educational system, our school kids may have a chance! Thank you for a really cool tour!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Patrick Sparks
    Oxford, Alabama2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sparky in the mountains of Chattanooga
    Me and my girlfriend Rhonda went there for the day. I have been going gor 50 years. I ate at cheddar restaurant. It is a chain but incredibly good. We shopped at some antique shops and enjoyed the day. It was very cold but we enjoy riding and looking at the mountains. If you have never been or seldom seen try a weekend. Stop at the rest area and get some booklets. Enjoy one of my favorite places. Raccoon cavern is fun but we decided to explore the mountains around it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
  • EricaRAZ
    Marietta, Georgia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ahh-mazing!
    We had such a fun adventure touring the caverns! Ally was a fabulous guide - agile, knowledgeable, and adventurous - and we had so much fun crawling, climbing, and squeezing through the cavern. We got muddy for sure, but it was totally worth it!!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 14, 2024
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susansname
Atlanta, GA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
I appreciated the safety measures they have in place, which include sanitizing the handrails along the cave path. I was able to join a group of just four people, which made this tour so much more enjoyable than when a guide is trying to manage a herd of people. Kyland (I hope I’m spelling his name correctly) was patient, friendly, and demonstrated not only knowledge of the cavern but a genuine respect for the resource. He took extra time and care to locate cave salamanders that were so tiny, we would never have spotted them on our own.

The Crystal Palace tour isn’t long in distance, but the formations are spectacular and Kyland gave our group plenty of time to enjoy each “room” and tunnel. He showed us the small tunnel entrances that are explored on the Wild Cave tours that he especially loves.

I appreciate that guests at Raccoon Mountain are asked not to touch the formations, and that the reasons are explained. This is an extraordinary place, millions of years old and still being created by the slow drips of water through the mountain above you. A careless touch could destroy something irreplaceable, and there are some other privately owned cave tours that don’t encourage guests to respect the fragile surfaces.

Kylend, if you read this don’t forget to look for the film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” online. You’ll see the 40,000 year old footprint of a child who explored deep inside a cave as you did growing up. Never lose your love of what you do!

Written November 6, 2020
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Heather
Chalmette, LA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
TIP: You can request your guide, I highly recommend Darrius.

We visited this little gem in January 2020. I was expecting a pleasant experience, but was utterly blown away by the adventure we ended up having. January seems to be a bit on the slow side for the tours, so we ended up being the only ones in the tour, just the four of us in our little family group, and our guide Darrius. We all fell in love with Darrius quickly, as he was visibly passionate about everything he does. His excitement and enthusiasm was infectious; we were all bouncing around like children throughout the entire tour while Darrius taught us almost everything he knows about cave life, minerals, and geology. This quick, one hour tour was the highlight of our day thanks mostly in part to Darrius’ love for his career and vast knowledge. The cave itself is breathtaking, although you may want to bring your own flashlight to be able to view as much of the crystal palace as you would like. We are already planning to return in a few months for a crawl tour.
Written January 29, 2020
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Jeffrey Koslowski
Canton, MI718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I didn't really know anything about caves. I was really hoping that this tour would give me a good grounding on cave ecology. Luckily, our guide Corey gave it to us. This is an excellent location if you are looking to not only learn about caves and the biology tied to it.

The tours are fairly small and might be able to accommodate you if you need to switch times. Each of the groups we saw set off with a maximum of 15 people. Parking is on-site and pretty available. There is a brief walk from the lot to the registration area/gift shop but since you are walking through a cave, it's not that big of a deal. Our guide, Corey, stressed to us in a respectful manner that we should keep our hands to ourselves and what happens when we touch the formations. This to me was a fascinating and educational way to tell us to not touch anything.

The tour isn't terribly long but since the group is small, you get a good grounding in what the formations are called, how to tell the difference between them, and what happens if you mess with them. Corey showed us examples of how human involvement has affected the cave formation. That said, it has the fancy colored lights, funny names for formations, and even a few random salamanders.

You should come out of your experience with a fuller understanding of cave life. Corey even stayed after to talk with us and answer all the questions we had. We really enjoyed our experience here and would recommend this for any amateur biologists and ecologists.
Written June 15, 2022
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kiwifsu
Clearwater, FL33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited here in October where, I assume due to Covid, they were limiting reservations. They were also offering a lantern light tour, which was the only one available at the time we booked so we didn't really have another choice if we wanted to see this.
Our tour guide was very good and informative and really enjoyed his job. We didn't like the lantern light aspect of it because other than when the guide used his light, you couldn't see anything (our lights were just these little LED's that really only lit what was directly in front of you). It was meant to add to the experience and make it feel more haunted (being close to Halloween) but I feel like we missed out on seeing what the caverns really looked like since the lighting was so limited.
If we visited again, we would want to do the 'normal' cavern tour.
Written November 10, 2020
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tommy m
Moreland, GA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
So glad we stayed at the Racoon Mountain rv park for our Chattanooga family vacation. Campgrounds were super clean and staff was friendly and helpful. This was our “base camp” while we explored Chattanooga over several days. After watching groups emerge from the wild cave tour, we decided to upgrade from the walking tour. Best decision we made the entire trip. We did the canyon crawl with our awesome guide Ci Ci. She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging. She was also great with our 7 year old daughter who had an absolute blast! This was definitely the highlight of our trip and we’re already planning our next trip when our daughter is old enough to explore the next level up! Awesome stay, and experience.
Written February 18, 2020
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Steve H
Nashville, TN1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This was the worst campground I ever stayed at. I have stayed at a lot in my 62 years. The first thing is all the four wheeler is almost non stop and always going. The dust was so bad we couldn’t eat outside. The second thing is you are so close to each other you can’t have a fire or set outside with being on top of you Neighbor. No will ever come around to see how thing are. The State parks will do all of this. They are so many things that are bad.
Written August 1, 2020
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Heather S
North Salt Lake, UT10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
What a fantastic tour of a beautiful cave! Kylend was a fantastic guide and had so much knowledge of the cave, the history, and all the formations. He explained the various formations in a way that we could all understand (our five year old was excitedly pointing out pillars by the end of the tour). He even made sure my 6'7" tall husband didn't hit his head once.

We were very glad we took this tour before visiting Ruby Falls so we could enjoy the features we were whisked by in there (the Ruby Falls guides will not take time to educate you on the formations at all).

I highly recommend booking this tour!
Written December 13, 2020
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Debbie M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I am sorry to say that even though the cave is amazing the tour guide was not. There were fifteen people on the tour and the guide seemed to cater to the family of five that shoved ahead for the entire tour. The guide shined his flashlight on formations and critters before the rest of us could even catch up and then he moved on. Finally, I could not contain myself and I told him how I felt. He apologized and continued to to the same thing for the rest of the tour. I decided to go to the office and tell the person in charge about this particular tour guide. As I went to open my mouth, I realized it was the same guy. So when he said, How did you enjoy the tour?" I reiterated that I tried to keep up with the first five people and he had moved on with his all telling flashlight before I could see what he was showing this "party of five." I would not go again. But recommend people chose a guide other than Landon because the caverns are worth it.
Written July 2, 2021
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Maybeline
Knoxville, TN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Our expectations were EXCEEDED. My family and I visited on a busy weekend. Landon and Samuel helped us in the gift shop and helped our kids pick out cool gems as souvenirs. Jasmine was our tour guide. She was the most knowledgeable guide we've ever had on a cave tour and it is clear that she is meant to teach. I was so impressed at the time she put into making sure what she was saying had value to the topic at hand. It's been a week and my oldest is going on about how she wants to be a geologist too when she grows up! If you would like to learn from someone who has a true passion and takes ample time to answer all questions (no matter how silly or difficult) then you need to request Jasmine for your tour! 10/10 will go again.
Written December 2, 2020
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Shannon S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I went on a tour with my mother and my daughter this past Sunday, June 7th. Kylend was our tour guide. Due to social distance it amounted to a private tour with our group (only 3 in number). Kylend was humorous, educational and a gracious guide. We enjoyed it so much. After the tour we panned for gems. I was grateful that Kylend asked a family with small children (no masks) to back up when they approached us to watch the process. Normally I would have been delighted to share such a neat experience with children but was glad the staff is helping to maintain a great social distancing policy right now. It helped us feel safe as my mother is older. Fabulous experience, with special care taken. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is mobile enough to walk in the caverns. (My elderly mother found it a breeze.) My 18yo daughter plans on taking her friends on the extended tours when they open up later in the year. Thank you for the wonderful memories. Job well done!
Written June 12, 2020
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