$35 for a Caving Adventure from River and Earth Adventures in Elizabethton


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In a Nutshell

  • Appalachian wilderness tours
  • 550-million-year-old cave
  • Cave tours led by geologist

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Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Must be 7 or older. Hiking and physical activity is required. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Humans explore caves for the same reasons they enjoy listening to indie music—it's dark, it's underground, and it offers a meaningful escape from melodramatic breakups. Delve into a new world with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a caving adventure from River and Earth Adventures in Elizabethton (up to a $75 value, depending on the size of the group).

River and Earth Adventures carves deep into the Appalachian Mountains to expose the cave-curious to slices of pristine wilderness navigated by expert guides. The two- to four-hour caving adventures, which begin at 10 a.m., explore Worley's Cave, a noncommercial (meaning no electricity or sidewalks), 550-million-year-old underground limestone hollow featuring seven miles of large rooms and narrow passages.

These rooms, with names such as Hobbit's Hallway and Tombstone, are often large enough to hold 1 house or 125 dog houses, with 80-foot ceilings and quarter-mile-long bases. Formations called spelogions spike through, and at a growth rate of one cubic inch every 100 years, their 60-foot heights, 200-foot spans, and 10th-grade reading levels are impressive to behold. River and Earth also explores the comestible ecosystem, nourishing adventurers with deli-style lunches that are as local and organic as possible.

Tours are given year-round, seven days a week, often with the help of Laura Mallard Seldomridge, one of River and Earth's owners and a teacher of geology at Appalachian State University. The caving adventures do require minimal physicality—River and Earth likens parts of the exploration to climbing onto a kitchen counter to shout at your microwave, and cavers should expect to walk through mud, gravel and shallow water. All tours include equipment (gloves, helmets, and high-powered headlamps), guides, transportation, and, between Memorial Day and Labor day, a complimentary deli lunch.


TripAdvisors give River and Earth Adventures 4.5 owl eyes:

  • The guides were really knowledgeable about the area. The cave is beautiful and can be as technical or as simple as you prefer. – QCGir_20
  • I would reccomend [sic] River and Earth Adventures, Inc to anyone and everyone that was looking for a good time. – Cassiewhitworth

River and Earth Adventures

River and Earth Adventures stands out from other wilderness outfitters by being completely operated by their own guides. Their fleet of seasoned cave, mountain, and water-navigating guides work in tandem with professional ecologists and geologists, focusing Blue Ridge Mountains excursions on environmental education as well as adventure. During all day trips, guides divulge area history and expound on forest and river ecosystems as well as geology in caves whose interiors rest at 60 degrees year-round to keep them free of snowman hermits.

Each trip also immerses adventurers in athletic activity, whether on hikes to summits and secluded waterfalls, spelunking through electricity-free cave tunnels, or rafting and kayaking down the Watauga River rapids. For those in search of extended excursions, guides lead children's adventure day camps and combination trips that further an environmental focus and bottle-cap collections through river cleanup projects.

Customer Reviews

13 Ratings

It's so fun! I was nervous before I got there, but once I was inside the cave, it was the most amazing adventure. This is a great deal.
Emily R. · August 3, 2014
Great experience. Brody was awesome
Christina D. · July 12, 2014
Great guide! Such a fun time. Recommended for family young and old. Nothing to strenuous but lots of fun even for teens in the group.
Jillian S. · December 15, 2013

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