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Tuckaleechee Caverns is a commercial cave and tourist attraction located in Townsend, Tennessee awarded 5 stars by AAA. Tuckaleechee Caverns is a short drive from Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Tuckaleechee Caverns is the Highest rated cave or cavern in the Eastern US awarded 5 star "GEM" attraction by AAA. These caverns were discovered in the mid-19th century and were opened to the public by Bill Vananda and Harry Myers in 1953. On one end of the Tuckaleechee Caverns tour, the "Big Room" is found, which is the largest cave/cavern room that is open to the public in the eastern United States. Many stalagmites reach over 24 feet tall with flow-stone formations over hundreds of feet in length and width. Tuckaleechee Caverns is proud to have the tallest underground waterfall in the eastern United States, named "Silver Falls", a 210 foot two-tier waterfall. Tuckaleechee Caverns is one of the most active or "alive" caves/caverns the public can visit on Earth and it is located under the Great Smokey Mountains, the oldest mountain range on the planet. Tuckaleechee Caverns is located in Dry Valley of Townsend, Tennessee. The Caverns are two miles away from Cades Cove, which is where the cavern actually originates (at White Oak Sinks in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park). The Caverns also host the most sensitive seismograph system on the planet and is monitored by the United States military Department of Defense and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Real-time, worldwide, earthquake and nuclear activity are displayed in the welcome center. Find a gift for anyone in our giftshop, such as crystals, fossils, hats and tee-shirts, then enjoy our award winning fudge in the sweetshop.   The cave is noted for its onyx formations, "Big Room," and high waterfalls. Tours are conducted along lighted walkways. AAA star attraction, Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend, TN., are known as the "Greatest Site Under the Smokies". Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and lore in recent years as well.

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Massive formations Tuckaleechee Caverns
Massive formations
Largest Pallet formation ever found
Largest Pallet formation ever found
Awesome Cave Formations
Awesome Cave Formations
Tuckaleechee Brochure
Brochure
Most sensitive Seismic station on the planet
Seismic station
Drapery Room
Drapery Room
Waterfall 210 feet high
Waterfall 210 feet high
Massive formations
Massive formations
Beautiful
Beautiful
Big Room
Big Room
Best cave in the Eastern US
Best cave in the Eastern US
Pure Mountain Spring water
Pure Mountain Spring water
Formations measuring in Hundreds
Formations measuring in Hundreds
Pictures allowed
Pictures allowed
Amazing Formations
Amazing Formations
12 foot tall "Totem Pole" Stalagmite.
12 foot tall "Totem Pole" Stalagmite.
Millions of LIVING Formations
Millions of LIVING Formations
Tuckaleechee Caverns

825
Cavern Rd.
Townsend, TN 37882

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Dates Closed
Closed November15 through March15
Hours
We are opened from March 15 through November 15
We open at 10am 7days a week.
Tours go in every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day and we try and get the last one in around 5:30pm.
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