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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  • 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 22 June 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • QGJohn
    Davie, Florida934 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 October 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Anne F
    Evansville, Indiana145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour of Crystal Palace
    We toured the caverns today with Michael as our guide. He was knowledgeable, thoughtful and provided all the information we needed to go through the cave safely. He stressed multiple times about the necessary rules to keep the cave safe and free from harm by humans, which I felt was the most important thing he could have said. The cavern had a wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites with interesting forms and shapes. The colored lights displayed throughout the cave were attractive and added charm. We paid for the short tour and felt satisfied with outcome, I’ve toured several caves in my lifetime, so I had high expectations. We are also camping at the Raccoon Mountain campgrounds, which are exceptionally clean. The staff here are excellent.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2024
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Ashley B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The guide was awesome! We spaced this out from Ruby Falls. They were both great in different ways. This one had a small number in the tour and the walk was a lot less which was good for the grandparents. We saw salamanders catching cave crickets. Cool on a summer afternoon which is a PLUS!
Written 19 June 2024
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Valerie Q
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Raccoon Caverns is a small operation, you won’t see dozens of billboards for it. The entrance to the caverns is unremarkable. But what it lacks in flashiness, it more than makes up for in heart and beauty. Our guide was enthusiastic about each and every salamander we encountered, and it was contagious. She kept my teenager interested and curious, which is no small feat (poop stories always help!). The caverns themselves were gorgeous, lit just enough that we could appreciate them (while still respecting the salamanders vision). We both loved it and would absolutely recommend!
Written 19 June 2024
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Gayle T
Lansdale, PA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We took our grandchildren ages 9 and 14. They loved it! Our tour guide Jody, was very knowledgeable and interesting. He handled the kids questions well as he pointed out several of the caves unique features. There are lots of steps, but handrails are provided. My husband struggles with his vision and he made it, but it was a challenge. Would highly recommend.
Written 14 June 2024
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patricia1m1
Louisiana19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Don't miss this tour!
After visiting a bigger cave earlier in the day, we were pleasantly surprised to discover Raccoon Mountain Caverns was just as FANTASTIC! in its own right.
Less crowds, quiet, and still has that "not as much touched by man" feel.
Our tour guy was awesome, pointing out little critters, as this is a "live" cave.
Salamanders, crickets, and even a tiny little furry (think it was a mouse). The little furry ran quickly under a rock formation. * No big creatures, nothing icky, just pure awesomeness.
Nothing beats nature.
Written 14 June 2024
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Jennifer S
Lutz, FL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was so much fun! We chose this one over Ruby Falls because it’s a lot less touristy and is still very much a “live” cave. We have two teenagers and they loved it, which is really saying something. Ally was a fantastic guide! She really knows her stuff and clearly loves giving these tours. The cave itself was already a neat experience, but she really made it come to life! We would highly recommend it!
Written 5 June 2024
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Douglas C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Our guide - Eric - was phenomenal!
His in depth knowledge was way above a scripted tour guide. We learned so much during our tour and were able to interact easily to get all questions answered. Eric knew the material without question.
Written 5 June 2024
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Roberta R
St. Augustine, FL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Was a gem of a tour! Small group. Tour guide gave a lot of good information and had a sense of humor. Would recommend. Staying in campground- nice and clean.
Written 29 May 2024
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Holly Vitalis
Memphis, TN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Eric was such a great tour guide! This is a hidden gem off the beaten path. We were in a small group of 4 on our tour. We saw crickets and cave salamanders up close in addition to many formations. We ended up visiting Ruby Falls after our time at Raccoon Mountain and if you can only choose one…I’d choose Raccoon Mountain every time for the very authentic and natural experience. We hope to come back for the crawling tour next time!
Written 14 May 2024
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nooccaraa
Gatlinburg, TN136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Six of us went here. Although we did not see any raccoons. 🤣 it did not disappoint
Lilyth was our guide. She was very informative, we learned a lot from her. We would go back.
Only suggestion. Expand gift shop merchandise to include, Kids tshirts, shot glasses.
Written 13 May 2024
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Nomad42351456327
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The cavern crawl was absolutely fun and well-worth the $60 per person fee. I did this with my parents, who are in their 60s, and though they were tired near the end, they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Also, Ally is the best tour guide! She provided options for more difficult routes for me and easier routes for my parents so that there wasn’t a need to consolidate having fun. If you’re on the fence about doing this, just do it. Just make sure to have clothes and shoes that you can dirty, and you will want a change of clothing by the end.
Written 27 April 2024
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