Blog

Posted on 3/29/2022

Top 3 Caves to Explore in Gatlinburg



1. Tuckaleechee Caverns

On your 90-minute guided tour, you’ll boggle at the Big Room, so vast you could fit a football field inside it. Stalagmites up to 25 feet tall jut up from the cavern floors. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Silver Falls, the tallest subterranean waterfall in the eastern United States at 210 feet high.

Native American tribes found sanctuary here. Later, locals used the caves’ cool air to escape sweltering summers. Today, science buffs can marvel at the world’s most sensitive seismic station–tracking the movements of Earth’s crust worldwide from right here! 

Tuckaleechee Caverns is 25 minutes from Gatlinburg. The caverns are open seven days a week from Mar. 1 through Nov. 30. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for kids ages five to 11, and free for children four and under. 


2. Forbidden Caverns

Dramatic lighting glows on sparkling stone. Walk through eerie cavescapes like the Valley of the Moon and the Grotto of the Evil Spirits. Hunt for a gargoyle, find the Lucky Fried Egg, and admire the Glistening Draperies cascading from the ceiling. 

An experienced guide leads you on a 55-minute tour and unveils Forbidden Caverns’ secrets. Eastern Woodland Indians used stone from these caverns to fashion arrowheads and knives. See a replica of a homemade still just like moonshiners used to distill white lightning in the caverns’ hidden corners. 

Forbidden Caverns is open Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up, $12 for kids ages five through 12, and kids four and younger are free. 


3. Alum Cave Trail

To see Forbidden Caverns and Tuckaleechee Caverns you descend deep underground, but to reach Alum Cave, you’ll head up a mountain! Alum Cave perches on the side of Mt. LeConte, the third-highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. Tie on your hiking boots and make the five-mile round trip ascent to Alum Cave. 

On the way up, cross log bridges, walk through an old-growth forest and thread the narrow tunnel at Arch Rock. Alum Cave is a sheltered spot where bluffs overhang the trail, creating a kind of above-ground cave where you can rest before heading back down the mountain.


Stay in a Gatlinburg cabin and you’re close to all three fascinating caves. Check out our vacation cabin rentals now. 

Previous 6 Most Popular Dinner Theaters in Pigeon Forge The Top 7 Best Mini Golf Courses in Gatlinburg Next
Image for Smoky Mountain Cabins
Explore
Smoky Mountain Cabins
Smoky Mountain Cabins
View All of Our Vacation Rentals
Read More
Image for Pigeon Forge Cabins
Explore
Pigeon Forge Cabins
Pigeon Forge Cabins
View Our Cabins in Pigeon Forge
Read More
Image for Gatlinburg Cabins
Explore
Gatlinburg Cabins
Gatlinburg Cabins
View Our Cabins in Gatlinburg
Read More
Image for Cabin Management
Explore
Cabin Management
Cabin Management
Learn More About Joining Us
Read More
Image for Things To Do
Explore
Things To Do
Things To Do
View all of the fun things to see and do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
Read More