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“Very easy and fun tour”

Tuckaleechee Caverns
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed April 10, 2014

If you are looking for something to do away from all the people and traffic of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, this is a great side trip. It is located about 20 miles from Pigeon Forge, but it is an enjoyable ride.

It may be obvious but this attraction is not handicap accessible. You will also need to be able to descend and climb many, many stairs and be able to walk while bending at the waist in a couple of areas. Depending on the size of your group and the number of questions, you should plan on being underground for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. The temperature is 58 degrees and most people will do fine without a coat.

The cave and the formations are awesome to see, especially if you stop to remember how may millions of years it has taken to create this beautiful location. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the caves and the formations. There is a stream running through the entire length of the cave and there is a location where you are able to touch and/or taste the water. The other fun part of the tour is when the guide turns off the lights to provide you absolute darkness. It truly is amazing how dark, dark can really be.

Our family found the attraction priced appropriately, the staff and guide friendly, the caves beautiful and worthy of a return trip at some point in the future.

Thank David M
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Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

An excellent cave with a river running through the entire length. Waterfall, and plenty of cave formations. The kids (under 10) loved it. As a bonus we saw a Pygmy bat hibernating in his little nook. Definitely recommend this cave.
Keep in mind that this is NOT a dry cave, especially after heavy rains. To us it added to the experience.

1  Thank Garyonwheels
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Caves were amazing and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Easy to find and not very expensive.

1  Thank Alexbrowns19
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

If you are in the area you HAVE to dedicate a couple of hours to explore this ancient natural gem. This is a Cavern (Cave) that is millions/billions of years old. It is unreal of how exploring this wonder of our world makes you feel unsure of how you think the earth works. The idea of how water flows millions of years ago and how it cuts itself off and changes its flowage rout is unbelievable. Yes, an underwater waterfall that eventually sealed itself off and the entire course of the after flow changed!!wow I will return in the future just to see it all again.

1  Thank Pawleysislandnative
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The cavern it self is beautiful, however you do have to walk about 400 step stairs and there is a hand rail however the lower part of the rail is open to the ledges- very easy for a child to slip through. The cavern is very moist and slippery since it has an active spring inside. I traveled with adults and a teenager, I would feel very uneasy to take children into this particular cavern. It also had running wires and cables running throughout, unsure if this is safe because of the moisture. Also the tour I went on had about 50 people in it and it was extremely difficult to hear what the tour guide was saying, would have been much nicer in smaller groups.

2  Thank Christina W
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