Caves are one of the planet's last uncharted frontiers, narrowly beating out the bottom of the sea and the final level of Ms. Pac Man. Surmount epic obstacles with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $35 for a half-day caving adventure for one (up to $75 value)
- $70 for a half-day caving adventure for two (up to $150 value)
- $210 for a half-day caving adventure for six (up to $450 value)
After a ride from an outpost to the cave mouth, seasoned guides and a professional geologist take groups through caverns to navigate chambers and narrow tunnels. Geologists expound on the local geology and cave formations, the oldest of which began growing more than 550 million years ago. Before setting off, participants are equipped with helmets that boast high-powered headlamps.
Caving adventures are not recommended for those with no prior kayaking, rafting, or spelunking experience, or those who do not wish to participate in strenuous physical activity.
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.