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New Lantern Tour Unveiled At Cumberland Caverns For October

Lantern Tour At Cumberland Caverns

Join us to see what waits beyond the darkness in our all-new Lantern Tour!

People have often asked what is just beyond the darkness of the 10-acre room? Now that question will be answered when you join us during the month of October for our brand-new Lantern Tour.

The warm glow of the lantern will guide you further into the cave than ever before on the Daily Walking Tour. In this 1.5 hour excursion, you will experience stories of the caverns before electricity made it into the caves, witness fascinating historical graffiti, catch a glimpse of gypsum lining the walls and maybe even see a bat that lives in the caverns! Also, discover stories of how the community would come together for ‘Hay Wagon Parties’ to enjoy fellowship, music, and friendship long ago.

Departs Daily at 5:30 PM (CST)
Reservations Required

  • $35 Adult Ticket with Lantern Purchase
  • $21 Adult Ticket
  • $13 for Children Ages 6-12
  • Free for Children Ages 5 and under

Lantern Tour

Departing every day at 5:30 pm CST, we will step back in time and trace the footsteps of early explorers to show you the cave like you have never seen it before. Exploration and imagination are heightened amidst the warm amber glow of a natural flame as you are guided further into the cave than has ever been offered on our Daily Walking Tour.

This extended walking tour will take you back to the Devil’s Quarry (a spectacular breakdown area) and will lead you past the entrances to our most popular adventure tours. The Lantern Tour is for anyone wanting to see more of what waits just beyond the darkness, but are not quite ready to make the leap into spelunking.

Purchase Guidelines

During the month of October, this tour will be available by reservation only, limited to groups of 20 or less. This brand new tour will be offered at a special Daily Walking Tour price. Thinking about bringing your group? Call about our special rates for groups!

Book online or call Andrea today at 931-668-4396 to reserve your spot.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

2017 McMinnville Mountain Crawl – September 23

Mountain Crawl at Cumberland Caverns – September 23

The Mountain Crawl

Are you up for the challenge of the 2017 Mountain Crawl? Get ready to test your abilities deep within Cumberland Caverns as you run, climb and crawl your way to find hidden treasure, bicycle across the beautiful countryside of middle Tennessee and then set sail on a kayaking trip that leads to the finish line and some amazing prizes! If you think you and your friends have what it takes, register today!

Racers will enjoy three legs of the race beginning with a run through Cumberland Caverns (approx. 2 miles). Once leaving the cave, racers will transition twice starting with a cycling leg (bring your own bike) including a scenic ride into downtown McMinnville, then a kayak race courteous of Smooth Rapids Outfitters. *New route 2017: Participants will bike from Cumberland Caverns to Smooth Rapids (7.4 miles) and grab a supplied kayak there and paddle to the VFW (Approx 6 miles)!

Mountain Crawl is set for September 23, 2017, at 9 AM (CST). Register as an individual or a team.

Race Day Registration
Individual: $45
Team: $75

A FREE event t-shirt is included in the registration fee. There will be live entertainment and refreshments available at Smooth Rapids following the event!

Learn more about the course, equipment needed, prizes and more at

Free Kid Fridays This September!

Cumberland Caverns is hosting Free Kid Fridays throughout September!

Free Kid Fridays at Cumberland CavernsJoin us every Friday in September and enjoy two FREE child Daily Walking Tour tickets (ages 12 and under) with one paid adult ticket purchase.

On this tour, you and your children will witness the beauty of nature nestled safely under our feet. Watch your child’s eyes light up with wonder as they experience an underground world as vibrant as their imagination!

Not only is this tour visually stimulating, but entertaining and educational as well.

Making learning fun, the Daily Walking Tour is designed to educate kids and adults alike with explanations behind the forming of the cave, how to tell the difference between stalagmites and stalactites, identifying cave critters, and tales of our place in Civil War history- just to name a few!

If rocks are your passion, you could host an entire geology lesson in our amazing gift shop where we have several large museum quality geodes on display. You can also mine for your own gems in our Gem Mining Sluice-prices start at $5.99 plus tax. Our premium bags of gem rich soil are guaranteed to make any kid feel like a real gem miner and leave with the bounty of a pirate!

Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Daily Walking Tour leaves every hour on the hour.

Purchase Guidelines

Free Kid Fridays are only valid on the day purchased – any Friday in September. Tickets cannot be purchased for use on a future date. The adult ticket holder must accompany children on the Daily Walking Tour. Children will not be permitted to enter the cave without a guardian. Large groups, please call for reservations so we can schedule additional guides.

Cannot combine this offer with any other Cumberland Caverns offers. Only valid on Daily Walking Tours. Not valid on prior purchases. ©2017 Cumberland Caverns


Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!