Caves

Bring your headlamps and your sense of adventure. Beneath Tennessee’s rich soil awaits a subterranean wonderland, calling to the spelunker or the explorer in you.

Tennessee’s numerous waterfalls, soaring mountain peaks and thousands of plant species are only a prelude to the natural wonders that lie below its surface. With more than 8,600 caves, Tennessee is a spelunker’s Shangri-la.

Venture down below and discover a subterranean wonderland. Visit Appalachian Caverns and listen as a guide explains what makes these caves unique, or spend an afternoon at the Lost Sea, floating on the nation’s largest underground lake. Experienced cavers will revel in the numerous private caves sprinkled throughout the state, all offering a remarkable underground discovery. Don’t forget to take in one of the beautiful grottos that call Tennessee home—Buck’s Gardens and Grotto is a must-see.


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