Venture off the beaten path

Plan Your Visit

Discover Cumberland Caverns, America’s Greatest Caving Adventure

With almost 27 miles of caves and underground passageways, incredible underground rock formations, beautiful underground waterfalls, and gleaming pools, there is fun for adventurers of all skill levels and ages.

We offer Discovery Walking Tours as well as EasyModerate, and Extreme daytime and overnight adventures.

What to Expect - All Tours

The cave is a consistent 56 degrees with 99 percent humidity year-round. If needed, helmets and headlamps are distributed upon entering the cave.

Caving participants may bring their own photograph or video camera, their own helmet and additional light source. Chewing gum, food and drink, and laser pointers are prohibited.

What to Wear

While you gear up for these caving adventures, we recommend wearing comfortable, durable clothing that you’re not afraid to get a little dirty.

Bring a flashlight, wear long pants, and dress in layers. A t-shirt and sweatshirt usually work best. All explorers are required to wear lace-up shoes or boots.

What will happen on the day of the Adventure Tour?

  • Your group will arrive at Cumberland Caverns and assemble outside our gift shop.
  • Your leader will check in, confirm the number in your group, and receive final instructions.
  • Your Caving Tour guide will give the group instructions on safe caving, and then you're off to explore and discover the cavern.

*Special Note: Nature did NOT make the cave handicap-accessible. For everyone’s safety, no wheelchairs or strollers are allowed inside the cave.

Helpful Hint: Don't forget to eat a light snack before arrival - you'll need the energy!

What to Expect - Moderate + Extreme Tours

All adventurers will take a test crawl through “The Box” before each adventure. The crawl box dimensions are 14″ x 33″and you must pass through the box before embarking on the adventure tour.

Before beginning the caving tour, you will be suited up with an official helmet and headlamp. Knee and elbow pads are encouraged, but not required.

Man crawling through rocks to outside area of Caverns Kids walking through a narrow passage in the Caverns with hats and lamps on Kid squatting and smiling for a photo in the caverns Woman using a rope to walk up the side of a cliff inside the caverns

What to Expect - Overnight Caving Tours

You will carry your gear 1/2 mile from the parking area to the cave, so pack light! You will not be able to return to your car after we are inside the cave. Please make sure to have everything you need and can carry it in one trip.

What do I need to bring on an Overnight Caving Tour?

  • Cash for the snack bar — We have credit card machines, but we are 333′ underground and sometimes technology does not cooperate
  • A backpack or duffel bag packed with all of your gear
  • A sturdy flashlight with extra batteries
  • A small pack to carry a water bottle and extra batteries
  • Change of clothes, socks, shoes, and a jacket 
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes — You will get wet and muddy!
  • Sleeping bag, ground cloth (tarp, plastic), or mat 

Helpful Hint: You are staying inside the cave
overnight, so bring warmer clothes to sleep in.

Helpful Hint:

We DO have electricity in the cave, so if you want to bring an air mattress and pump for “roughing it,” that will work just fine. Please tell the reservation manager upon booking if you require a plugin for a CPAP machine, and we will make sure you are accommodated.