Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns, McMinnville: Hours, Address, Cumberland Caverns Reviews: 4.5/5

Cumberland 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
Tennessee's Largest Show Cave and a U.S. National Natural Landmark; Cumberland Caverns displays some of the largest underground rooms and most spectacular formations in America. The daily scenic walking tour is offered year-round, from 9:00 to 5:00 without a reservation. Our Underground Ballroom, the iconic Volcano Room, seats 600+ and can be reserved for banquets, weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Discover adventure on one of our daytime or overnight spelunking adventure trips into untamed portions of the caverns. Join us any Saturday at 10 and 2 for a No Reservation Required WILD Caving Adventure!
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dlwinger
Fernandina Beach, FL3,437 contributions
Oct 2021
We made the decision to visit Cumberland Caverns on our way back from Nashville. Once we got off I-24 the drive was very scenic through several small towns and more plant nurseries than one could count. When planning your trip be aware that the general cave tours leave at the top of the hour. We arrived at 20 minutes after the hour so we just sat around and browsed the shop for 40 minutes. Victoria was our tour guide and did an amazing job in telling the history and some of the stories of the tour. We had to pass on the optional light show loop as we didn't think our knees would make it up and down the 300+ steps, but while we waited for the group to return we could hear the band that was going to be performing later that evening practice so that was some free entertainment. Reminder this is a cave and not a Disney attraction so the walkways were uneven with inclines. There were handrails to assist in some of the more severe ramped walkways.
Written November 1, 2021
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Margaret
Nashville, TN3 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
My boyfriend and I started 2021 off with a new experience exploring the stunning caverns of TN. Collin expertly led our group of 6 (ages 11 to 40+) through the limestone caverns of Higginbotham’s Revenge for 4 hrs. Definitely bring clothes ready to get muddy - it’s more fun when you commit to the FULL experience. I get a little claustrophobic and we all had to crawl through a box before starting the trail to be sure we could make it through the tightest Lemon Squeezer squeeze. Collin gave us a heads up and patiently talked us through strategic strongholds and slippery rock slides. Well worth it for the unique and challenging adventure. We all felt proud and accomplished and like a team when we emerged from the Dragon’s Tail passage. Would love to go back!
Written January 1, 2021
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Thank you for this awesome review and for choosing us as your first adventure destination for 2021, MargKlo! The Higgenbotham's Revenge is definitely a unique and challenging tour. Colin will be proud to read your review and know you both enjoyed the tour. Cumberland Caverns wishes you many more fun adventures in the future.
Written January 2, 2021
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Taylor D
3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Honestly my tour guide was my favorite part! My tour guide was Colin:) I learned recently I do not do well with tight spaces and he made me feel very calm and made sure to let us know each time what was coming next. He stopped to shared stories and we stopped to hear his story about the dark cave. I’m afraid of dark places and he encouraged me to listen to the story because you don’t always experience this. He was great! He also let me call him the wrong name the whole time. Haha. Long story short i made it through because of him and my friends. I overcame a lot with this trip to Cumberland Caverns and i learned a lot about myself. I appreciate Colin for his patience and is expertise! If you can request, definitely request him!
Written September 20, 2020
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What an awesome review! You did amazing at challenging yourself to conquer your fears, while also learning new things about yourself. Colin will be happy to read your review about his tour. Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your experience!
Written September 20, 2020
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J.R.P.
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Our first visit to the Cumberland Caverns was yesterday 6/26/2021.
My wife and I were given the tour by Victoria and Jacob and
had great time touring the caverns and leaning the history that came along with it. The Volcano Room was the highlight of the tour for us with the Austrian Chandilier lighting the area. We will be attending the upcoming Diamond Rio Concert there in September and look forward to the amazing acoustics that fill that room.
Victoria and Jacob were very personable and were very easy to talk to about the Cavern and fun subjects as we made the tour.
GREAT JOB to both of these guides.

J.R. & Edee from Murfressboro TN
Written June 27, 2021
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We are glad you stopped by to visit us for the first time J.R. and Edee! We will pass your praise on to Victoria and Jacob. They will be thrilled to read about your experience and how much you enjoyed their tour. We are looking forward to seeing you again for the Diamond Rio concert in September. See you again soon!
Written July 8, 2021
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Carolyne W
Murfreesboro, TN1 contribution
Mar 2021 • Friends
We went on the Higginbotham's revenge tour and it was amazing! Our guide Colin did a great job, and made us feel comfortable and competent while squeezing through some narrow spaces and seeing new caverns. This was totally worth the time and money. You might get a little muddy, but the adventure was awesome!
Written March 23, 2021
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Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review of your experience at Cumberland Caverns. We are glad you had fun on the Higgenbotham's Revenge Tour and will pass your praise on to your guide, Colin.
Written March 25, 2021
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Grandview Experience Lodge
Spencer, TN23 contributions
Apr 2022
We have been to two concerts here and found the experience very unique. The acoustics are great and the experience unique. I definitely recommend the caverns to people who love concerts and would like to have the unique, fun experience of going to one in a cavern. Bring a jacket for the lower temperatures in a cave.
Written April 18, 2022
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StephanieB
1 contribution
Jan 2021
Great caverns! Had such an enjoyable experience. We called ahead to make sure we could arrive in our RV and that there would be parking available. We spoke to Berlyn, who was so polite and informative. As it turned out, Berlyn was our tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, presented herself well beyond her years, was enthusiastic and made the tour entertaining for all:) We will be returning to do more of what the caverns have to offer, and will definitely be requesting Berlyn as our guide!
Written February 8, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad you had fun at Cumberland Caverns and look forward to your visit in the future.
Written February 9, 2021
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Cornfed9505
113 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We took a guided tour of the Caverns and were impressed with this natural wonder as well as the professional, friendly, and informative guide. We lucked out due to our timing and received a personal guided tour, since there were no other folks there. As we were finishing, we were informed about the concerts inside the cavern and decided to attend one with our friends who were visiting from out of town. We watched Tab Benoit play several weeks later and were blown away by the sound and cozy personal feel of the space. It was definitely an event to remember and we will be looking for future events to attend.
Written January 11, 2020
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,597 contributions
Oct 2021
I came out for a cave tour and ended up seeing a concert in the cave! I heard it was one of the largest caves in TN so decided to drive out. They have plenty of on site parking and several level options, to include the historic tour which is good for kids of all ages. The tour guide was both informative and entertaining. A large cave is the venue for concerts throughout the year and luckily I came the day Sister Hazel was playing and was able to catch that on top of the tour! They have a decent sized gift shop where you start and end your tour.
Written October 4, 2021
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Emma
Dunlap, TN1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Friends
We had so much fun! I did the Higenbothem adventure cave. It was very fun! We had an amazing tour guide named Colin. He was very sweet and funny. He did his best to help us through more difficult parts and joked and talked on easier parts. He was super prepared. He had extra waters and at one point my shoe broke and he pulled out paracord and put new laces on my shoes. It was a life saver! Will be going again! Thanks Colin. :)
Written June 29, 2020
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We're thrilled that you had such an amazing adventure with us! Colin is most definitely always prepared and excellent at what he does! We can't wait to see you next time!
Written July 6, 2020
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