Cumberland Caverns

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1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd., McMinnville, TN 37110 1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd., McMinnville Directions
+19316684396
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Report | 11 days ago
Loved the tour, and wouldn't have known about Bluegrass Underground if we hadn't gone!
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What a blast. My wife, myself, & our 10 year old enjoyed it so much. One if the coolest things to do. I recommend stretching before you go though.
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Report | 12 days ago
This place in really cool. The caverns are beautiful. The hike is a bit strenuous. If you are taking little ones with you be prepared to carry them for up to two hours. Leave and ice chest in the car with water. I would highly recommend Cumberland Caverns for your next adventure.
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Loved it, our tour guide, Jessica, was very sweet and knowledgeable. Would definitely go back!
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Love the Cumberland Caverns experience, but I would suggest you guys update the "Story of Creation" light show. Seems a little dated.
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Wonderful tour. Friendly staff and not your typical family Disneyland vacation spot. I'd come back for sure!
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Wonderful! Staff was amazing. Great adventure.
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It was good!
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Surprisingly, It was an overall great experience.
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Report | 13 days ago
We had a great time!
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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.

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