Welcome to the Raccoon Mountain Wild Cave Web site and the home of the #1 Wild Cave Adventures in the South! Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been open to the public since 1931. It is a natural, limestone cavern that has been nationally recognized as being one of America’s finest caves. It is noted for its incredible variety of passageways, large waterfalls, diverse formations, abundant fossils, and spectacular scenery.
Wild cave expeditions are specialty tours that are designed to permit you to explore the vast inner portions of the cave system in the accompany of a skilled guide.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns began to offer these unique tours after the discovery of over 5 1/2 miles of additional passageways in the 1950’s. Word of these tours spread mainly by word of mouth and demand continued to increase into the early 1970’s. By 1973, a formal wild cave program was established to train and certify guides so that these tours could be offered on a regular basis. We are proud to have been the first cave in the country to offer commercial wild cave adventure tours and remain the #1 cave in the south for them.
The wild cave portion of our cave does not have electric lights and is presented in its natural state. We take caving very seriously and emphasis is placed upon safety, ecology, and proper caving technique. Not surprisingly, our expeditions are regarded by many as being the most challenging and rigorous expeditions in this part of the country. Participants on our guided tours are required to wear helmets, lights, pads, and gloves -- all of which are provided for your use.
You will experience the challenge of a vast network of underground chambers, canyons, and tunnels requiring you to walk, crawl, and climb over, under, and through a rugged maze of varying rock formations. In the process, you will get dirty and your tour will be an exciting and unforgettable adventure with lasting memories. Caving is a group activity (we can accommodate groups from 3 to 80) and there is no race to complete a specific route, but rather each person helps their fellow caver through the various obstacles and passageways crafted by Mother Nature. This makes caving an exceptional sport for building confidence and self-esteem.
Please feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about our cave, or simply need more information and want to contact us, click on the contact button on any page within this site. In addition to our wild cave expeditions, we also offer guided walking tours through the front portion of our cave. Information on these tours can be found at www.raccoonmountain.com . Thanks for visiting and we look forward to your visit.