GUIDED TOURS

We offer a variety of tours ranging from easy to advanced. Look below for prices and descriptions of our tours. 

 

*Regular Walking Tours will leave about every 30 minutes!

**Restrooms are located inside the giftshop and are recommended before the start of the tour.

Please call ahead for groups with 10 or more people for the walking tour!

 

With prior notice we can also accommodate Birthday Parties, Church Groups, school field trips, scout groups, and other special events, Please call 423-323-2337, or use the Contact us form for Scheduling of these events!

Tips to our Volunteer Tour Guides Are Much Appreciated!

 

 

 *An additional fee is required for any tour that takes place before or after regular business hours.*

Appalachian Caverns
WALKING TOUR

 Adult  $15.00

 Children (2-12)  $9.00

 Children (Under 2)  FREE with adult ticket

 Senior Citizens (55+)  $12.00

 WE HAVE A CASH DISCOUNT!!

Appalachian Caverns
EXTENDED TOUR

 All Ages  $25.00 per person

 (minimum of four people)

 Must be scheduled in advance

 Call: 423-323-2337

 

Our well trained guides will accompany you through the beautiful caverns on an easy walking tour. The tour typically lasts approximately 45-60 minutes, and is approximately a half mile in length. The pathways are a combination of concrete and gravel, and there are 27 stair-steps to reach the lower regions, and 26 on the way back up. The temperature underground in the summer months is 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter months the temperature averages around 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tours depart about every 30 minutes.

Reservations are not required for walking tours.

  We do have an optional "test crawl" available on the walking tour.

Skill level - Easy-Moderate

On the Extended Tour, you will be guided through some of the undeveloped areas of the caverns. You will be able to explore the "Hum", slide across the "whale" rock, and try the "Basketball Crawl".

 

You will get wet and muddy, so long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes are required*.

Helmets, basic helmet lights, and gloves are provided*. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours, and must be scheduled  a minimum of 24-48 hours in advance.

Skill level - Moderate 

Appalachian Caverns
EXPLORER TOUR

 All Ages $35.00 per person

 (minimum of four people)

 Must be scheduled in advance

 Call: 423-323-2337

 

Appalachian Caverns
WILD TOUR

 All Ages $45.00 per person

 (minimum of four people)

 Must be scheduled in advanced

 Call: 423-323-2337

 

The Explorer Tour takes you off the beaten path, through undeveloped areas of the caverns. Guides will lead you through an alternate entrance/exit of the cave and through more advanced crawling areas. You will be able to try the 7.5 inch "paper" crawl, "Basketball" Crawl, "Rocking Chair" crawl, and discover the "Echo Chambers".

You will get wet and muddy, so long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes are required*.

Helmets, basic helmet lights, and gloves are provided*. Tours last approximately 2 hours and must be scheduled a minimum of  24-48 hours in advance.

Skill level - Moderate to Advanced 

The Wild Tour is our most advanced tour. In addition to the areas visited in the Extended, and  Explorer Tour, you will crawl through the "Ear-Dip" and follow a guide back into "The Gorge". You will also be able to try the "Rib-Crusher", do some climbing, and check out the "Balancing Rock".

You will get wet and muddy, so long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes are required*.

Helmets, basic helmet lights, and gloves are provided*. Tours last approximately 3 hours and must be scheduled a minimum of 24-48 hours in advance.

Skill level -  Advanced

* Long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes are required on all of the tours to the undeveloped areas of the caverns. No admission or refund will be given to people not properly attired.

 

*Basic helmet lights will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own light or flashlight if so desired.

 *An additional fee is required for any tour that takes place before or after regular business hours.*