We all know the beauty that the Smoky Mountains have to offer above ground, but there's a breathtaking view right underneath the iconic mountain range. Largely a secret to the world, a fun thing to do in Tennessee is visit this cave that's a world of its own, complete with impressive geological formations, streams and a waterfall.  

You can find Tuckaleechee Caverns in the teeny tiny town of Townsend, Tennessee. The 1.25-mile roundtrip cave system requires you to book a tour to visit, but this way, you won't miss any of its most enchanting features. 

There's an abundance of history that lays in this cave. It's estimated that the cave system is between 20 and 30 million years old. Rumor has it that the Cherokee Indians discovered the caverns, utilizing it as a hiding spot from settlers

One of the highlights of the adventure below Earth's surface is "Silver Falls," the underground waterfall that's a feat of nature. At a height of 210 feet, it's considered the largest underground waterfall in the Eastern United States. 

Oddly enough, some guests have reportedly drunk directly from the source of the waterfall, the indoor stream. 

If you want to experience this otherworldly space, you have to wait until Mar. 15. The chilly temperatures outside mean the caverns close from Nov. 15 to Mar. 15.   

If you're ready to get down and dirty in more of nature's wonders, this Tennessee to North Carolina road trip along with a trip to Three Caves is totally up your alley. 

 

Tuckaleechee Caverns

Price: $18

Address: 825 Cavern Road, Townsend, TN 37882

Why You Need To Go: Exploring this cave is like landing on a whole new planet. 

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