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Cave Tours at The Caverns in Pelham, TN

The Caverns, home of PBS’s Bluegrass Underground, recently opened a new cave on its grounds and is offering daily guided tours. Known for underground concert experiences, the new cave tours make The Caverns a daytime destination for underground adventure as well.


“This opening marks the first show cave to open in Tennessee in over 50 years! We’re excited to provide the public with a new natural tour showcasing the wonder and awe that only a select few skilled cavers have ever seen before,” says The Caverns owner Todd Mayo.


Located between Nashville and Chattanooga – The Caverns is just minutes off I-24 in Pelham, Tenn., in Southeast Tennessee. Beginning July 4th, guided cave tours will be offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. The cost is $22.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 12 and under.


With a 7-day advance booking, The Caverns will also offer adventure cave tours for $130 (includes t-shirt) to take guests deep inside The Caverns cave system. To be one of the first to experience the new attraction, The Caverns is now accepting reservations via its website, TheCaverns.com.


Historically known as “Big Room Cave,” guided cave tours start in a natural cave room that’s longer than three football fields. Now accessible to the general public for the first time, it’s one of the longest commercial cave rooms in the United States. The tour will also entwine geology, cave lore and the unique history of the area.


The second portion of the guided tour takes guests inside The Caverns music venue to learn how the cave was developed for concerts, how underground concerts are produced, and more. The tour ends on The Caverns iconic stage where guests can pose for photos just like the venue’s headlining artists. All told, the experience is two tours for the price of one and lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour.


“Since opening in 2018, The Caverns has attracted visitors from all over by celebrating what makes Tennessee unique—music and natural beauty. With the opening of The Caverns new show cave, guests have all the more reason to visit us in Tennessee,” says Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell.


The Caverns hosts more than 50,000 guests a year for concerts. Many of these guests take advantage of the venue’s Stay & Cave Packages, which include VIP tickets, accommodations in either Monteagle or Manchester, ground transportation to and from the venue, meal vouchers, commemorative merchandise and a VIP liaison to help make the experience all it can be.


Creating unforgettable experiences is a core principle at The Caverns and during COVID-19 we are committed to The Tennessee Pledge to responsibly open and operate the tours. The cave tour staff at The Caverns will follow CDC recommended cleaning practices and protective measures. In addition, the size of tours and the space between parties on tours will be limited.


Make your reservation today at TheCaverns.com.


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