There are so many amazing natural spots to check out all over Tennessee. It's a state with tons of beautiful places to explore. However, if you've gotten tired of normal hikes, you may want to visit some beautiful caves in Tennessee.

Exploring Tennessee caves is a great way to get out into nature and do something different. Whether you want to visit a haunted cave or you'd rather visit one with a magical light and sound show, you are in for an exciting time when you visit these gorgeous caves.

Appalachian Caverns

Price: $12

Address: 420 Cave Hill Rd., Blountville, TN

Why You Need To Go: You can take a guided tour through these caverns to see what life looks like deep below the surface of the earth. Since it has a campground there, you can actually spend the night before or after your exploration. You also don't want to miss out on the gem mining you'll find there. 

Dunbar Cave

Price: $14

Address: 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd., Clarksville, TN

Why You Need To Go: Dubar Cave is one of the largest caves in the county, and it offers guided tours that will allow you to take a safe trip inside of the cave.

It's perhaps most notable for its prehistoric Mississippian Native American cave art that dates all the way back to the 14th century. It's also a great place to hike in Tennessee if you're looking for a way to spend the whole day outside.

Forbidden Caverns

Price: $16

Address: 455 Blowing Cave Rd., Sevierville, TN

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a caving experience unlike any other, you need to visit the Forbidden Caverns. Not only will you get to see crazy cave formations, but you'll also enjoy a light and sound show that illiminates the cave in changing colors.

Bell Witch Cave

Price: $12

Address: 430 Keysburg Rd., Adams, TN

Why You Need To Go: This is one cave that you're definitely going to love if you're into all things creepy. The Bell Witch Cave is the site of an alleged haunting by a woman who was cheated out of a land purchase. Plus, you can do a ton of other outdoor activities in the area, like hiking and kayaking.

Nickajack Cave

Price: Free

Address: Mapleview Rd., South Pittsburg, TN

Why You Need To Go: This partially flooded cave is fascinating to explore by kayak or paddleboard. While you can schedule a tour of the cave, it's also possible to visit on your own for free.

Montgomery Bell Tunnel

Price: Free

Address: Location

Why You Need To Go: So this one might not necessarily be a cave, but the Montgomery Bell Tunnel will give you all the cave vibes you're looking for. If you walk down the tunnel to the other side, you will find a stunning waterfall that ends in a swimming hole.

No matter what kind of caving experience you're looking for, you're like to find it somewhere in Tennessee.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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