Raccoon Mountain Caverns

Wild Cave Expeditions

Home of the South's most popular Wild Cave Adventure Tours

 

 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Expeditions

Wild Cave Expeditions are guided tours through the vast, undeveloped portions of our cave where there are no designated trails, handrails, or electric lights. Participants on these tours are required to wear helmets, lights, pads, and gloves -- all of which are provided for your use.


Wild Cave Expeditions are physically strenuous tours that require strength and stamina. Tours include climbing, crawling, walking, stooping, and sliding. These tours visit the undeveloped parts of the cave, which include many small spaces and a total lack of light. Therefore, they are not recommended for those with claustrophobia or achluophobia. These tours are also not recommended for those with back, neck, heart, or knee issues or those having had recent surgery or who are pregnant. All participants must have chest and hip measurements less than 56". Height and age restrictions apply.


Raccoon Mountain Caverns is proud to be the home of the South’s finest wild caving expeditions which are regarded as the most challenging and exciting tour in this part of the country. Our highly trained cavers will guide you through the vast underground network of chambers, canyons, tunnels, small streams, and large waterfalls that lie beneath Raccoon Mountain. Our expeditions are both highly educational and absolutely unforgettable!

 

Advance reservations are required for these tours. Please call us at (800) 823-2267 or (423) 821-9403. 


CANCELLATION POLICY:  There are no cancellations or refunds. If you fail to arrive for your tour, we incur all the same expenses and may have turned others away; therefore, guests who fail to show for a tour or fail to arrive at the scheduled time will not be refunded the tour price.


PLEASE KNOW WE ARE ON EASTERN TIME. PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR TRAVEL TO ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR START TIME.

 

Below is a description of the various expeditions that we offer and the age and height requirements:

 

Canyon Crawl Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = ~ 2 hours

This expedition is the least strenuous of our wild cave offerings and focuses on introducing participants to the activity of caving. This is the only expedition that bypasses "The Canyon" and therefore has no height requirement. Minimum age for this tour is 6. Maximum group size is 15.

  • $30 per person. Included is the use of all needed equipment: lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, along with complimentary access to our bathhouse with private showers and toilets. 
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Fossil Crawl Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = ~ 2.5 hours  

This expedition is perfect for those looking for a slightly more intense tour and allows guests to see some beautiful fossils contained within the rock walls of the cave.  Minimum age is 8. Minimum height requirement is 56". Maximum group size is 15.

  • $38 per person. Included is the use of all needed equipment: lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, along with complimentary access to our bathhouse with private showers and toilets. 
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Echo Room Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = ~ 3 hours

This is our most popular expedition and includes most of the Fossil Crawl Expedition plus some longer belly crawls, a trip to the aptly named Echo Room, a visit to the sandpaper slide, and passing through the famous 49-cent squeeze. Minimum age is 8. Minimum height requirement is 56". Maximum group size is 15.

  • $48 per person. Included is the use of all needed equipment: lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, along with complimentary access to our bathhouse with private showers and toilets. 
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Waterfall Dome Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = ~ 3.5 hours

This tour includes everything on the Echo Room Expedition plus a side excursion, which visits our towering 70’ tall underground waterfall. The water flow is 100% natural and unassisted. It relies upon rain water seeping into the ground for its flow. Consequently, at times it is a thundering waterfall while at other times the flow can be barely a trickle.  Minimum age is 8. Minimum height requirement is 56". Maximum group size is 15.

  • $54 per person. Included is the use of all needed equipment: lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, along with complimentary access to our bathhouse with private showers and toilets. 
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Gypsum Flower Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = ~4.5 hours 

This is one of our most challenging expeditions and includes everything on the Waterfall Dome Expedition, plus a 180-foot belly crawl through a ~12" passage, a trip through several rooms full of beautiful "gypsum flower" crystal formations and a long walk through a section of the stream passage no other tour visits. Previous caving experience is required for this tour. Minimum age is 10. Minimum height requirement is 56".  Maximum group size is 12.

  • $65 per person. Included is the use of all needed equipment: lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, along with complimentary access to our bathhouse with private showers and toilets. 
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Please note that the rates listed above do not include Tennessee sales tax. Tax exempt organizations must bring and present a copy of their Tennessee Tax Certificate or a Federal 501(c)3.

 

Please contact us at either 423-821-9403 or 800-823-2267 to inquire about specific tour availability or if you have any additional questions. Thank you, and we look forward to going caving with you.