Bring your headlamps. 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 but 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.
Forbidden Caverns, near Sevieerville, is one of America's most spectacular caves. It provides the visitor with an entertaining and educational 1 hour walking tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottos, and a crystal clear stream. ...more
Foster Falls Recreation Area
Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Foster Falls Small Wild Area
Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. ...more
Knox Rocks Climbing Services
With over fourteen years of experience in the field, Knox Rocks has led successful climbing expeditions from Yosemite, California, to Linville Gorge, North Carolina. With experience from the tropical seaside limestone of southern Thailand to the 2,000-foot granite walls of Squamish, British Columbia, Knox Rocks has been an innovative leader in rock climbing instruction. ...more
This scenic waterfall, managed by the Tennessee State Parks System, offers an array of hiking and naturalist activities. Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area in Cumberland County. ...more
Ruby Falls, a thundering 145-foot waterfall is located on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. On your fun-filled and educational tour you will delight in viewing intriguing formations and having the opportunity to walk behind the sparkling waterfall. ...more
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee's most rugged and scenic areas. ...more
Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area
Sequatchie Cave is a 10-acre, biologically significant, natural area where Owen Spring Branch flows from the mouth of the cave at Sequatchie Cave Park in Marion County. The cave and its cold spring water support three federally and state listed species, three species of state concern, and many other aquatic and cave species. ...more
South Cumberland Recreational Area State Park
South Cumberland lies atop the Cumberland Plateau in four different counties protecting 25,000 acres of land, 90 miles of hiking trails and both natural and historic treasures. It includes seven unique sites. ...more
The Lost Sea
Take a boat ride on the Lost Sea, a unique natural wonder which is listed as "America's Largest Underground Lake" in the Guinness Book of World Records. Lost Sea has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the U. ...more