While some think of Gatlinburg and mountain coasters when they hear Tennessee, others might think of Nashville and the Smoky Mountains. While hitting up these hot spots is definitely a must, there are a few other destinations in the state worth visiting and finding too. These hidden gems in Tennessee are a bit off the beaten path and are pretty affordable at that.

While everyone else is off visiting the upside-down attraction house and celebrity wax museum, you can find these cool spots with tucked away turquoise underground lakes, creepy caverns, and even a mysterious statue trail.

These eight spots will get you out and exploring without breaking the bank, but there are plenty of other hidden Tennessee gems just waiting for you to uncover them!

The Lost Sea

Price: $21.95

Address: 140 Lost Sea Rd., Sweetwater, TN

Why You Need To Go: You'll travel 140 feet underground to take a boat ride over a clear, blue lake. This is actually the largest underground lake in America.

Ruby Falls 

Price: $22.95

Address: 1720 South Scenic Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 

Why You Need To Go: You can see a 145-foot free-falling underground waterfall at this location. The perfect excuse for an adventure that escapes the heat.


The Bell Witch Cave 

Price: $18 to tour both the cave and cabin 

Address: 430 Keysburg Rd, Adams, TN

Why You Need To Go: A story that's so spooky, president Andrew Jackson was quoted as preferring to face a British army then spend another night with the Bell Witch according to their website. It's said that a witch ghost haunts the cave and cabin on this property. You even have to sign a waiver to explore it.


Backyard Terror's Dinosaur Park 

Price: Free by day, $10 to tour by night

Address: 1065 Walnut Grove Rd., Bluff City, TN

Why You Need To Go: This spot has over 40 life-sized prehistoric creatures that look lifelike. That's one way to walk with the dinosaurs.


Crystal Shrine Grotto 

Price: Free

Address: 5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

Why You Need To Go: This memorial garden and crystal cave gives an ode to Judeo-Christianity. It's beautiful caverns and artworks were created by Mexican Artist Señor Dionicio Rodriguez in 1935 and took 8 years to complete.


Wolf River Conservancy

Price: Free

Address: 2693 Union Ave. Extended #205, Memphis, TN 

Why You Need To Go: From kayaking on the backwaters of Wolf River to hiking one of the many trails through a wooded forest, there's something here for everyone.


E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail

Price: Free

Address: 2035 Buck Smith Hill Rd, Palmyra, TN

Why You Need To Go: Wander an eerie trail of statues from the past, some crumbling and decaying will give you those ancient feels.


Virgin Falls State Natural Area

Price: Free

Address: Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Scotts Gulf Rd, Sparta, TN

Why You Need To Go: There's a 110-foot waterfall at this preserve with multiple hiking trails you can explore to get your workout on. The hike is a strenuous full-day one that includes a descent of 900 ft; just FYI.

Happy hidden gem hunting!


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