Some people are born to run; some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $9 for a scenic walking tour (up to an $18 value)
- $12 for a Rocky Topper Saturday daytime spelunking tour (a $25 value)
On the daily scenic walking tour, guides lead a 1.5-mile trek past distinct rock formations and a large underground waterfall. They usher visitors to the remains of an 1812 saltpeter mine and into the Volcano Room, where a three-quarter-ton hand-cut crystal chandelier hangs from the domed ceiling. At the end of the tour, visitors witness an underground light-and-sound show that brings to life the Bible's depiction of the creation of the earth.
Explorers of all levels traverse the rock breakdown that fills Devil's Quarry at the start of the Rocky Topper spelunking tour. During the three-hour trip, guides help guests crawl through tight spaces and up cavern ladders, traverse three muddy passageways, and navigate a tight passageway.
When surveyor Aaron Higgenbotham discovered Cumberland Caverns in 1810, he couldn't see its majestic pillars of dripping rock, its flowstone curtains, or its subterranean waterfalls. Stuck on a small ledge in the dark, Higgenbotham was as blind to the cave system's features—one of them a 2,000-foot-long cavern hall—as the eyeless crayfish that live there. His initial discovery nevertheless paved the way for nearly 200 years of speleological findings. Today, guides preserve this 32-mile National Landmark cavern by leading daily tours through its passages.
During tours, guides point out artifacts left by pre Civil War–era saltpeter mines, tunnels filled with rare gypsum deposits, and mysterious inscriptions reading "Shelah Waters - 1869" and "Millard Fillmore + Stacy." They lead guests among stalagmites and stalactites to a sound-and-light show that dramatically retells Bible stories, or into a domed hall that houses a hand-cut crystal chandelier rescued from a historic Brooklyn theater. It's in this last space that staffers organize banquets, weddings, and monthly live bluegrass concerts, or hold burial services for broken fax machines. They also lead visitors through the tight passageways of lesser-seen cavern segments during daytime or overnight spelunking trips.
The whole experience was great. The caverns themselves are neat. I kept wanting to know what's around the next corner.FundraiserGuy, TripAdvisor, 8/25/12
1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd.
McMinnville, Tennessee 37110Get Directions