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Cumberland Caverns Welcomes New General Manager

Travis Young in front of Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns Welcomes New General Manager Travis Young

Cumberland Caverns, Tennessee’s largest show cave and premier adventure and entertainment destination, today announced Travis Young has been appointed General Manager of Operations.

“Travis is an accomplished leader with significant caving knowledge and experience,” said Jim Herschend, President of Cumberland Caverns, Inc., “and we are pleased to welcome him to our management team. More impressive than Travis Young’s background, are his faith, dedication, and love of this cave and his family. He is the right fit to lead our organization into the next phase of growth and usher in a very bright future for our business and community.”

Mr. Young is a lifelong resident and businessman of Warren County. Travis and his wife Olivia own Depot Bottom Country Store, a very popular eatery located in downtown McMinnville. Not to worry, the restaurant will continue to bring the same delicious food, served up with hometown hospitality, with Olivia Young at the helm.

Travis Young grew up caving and had the pleasure of working with Cumberland Caverns founders Tank Gorin and Roy Davis in the 90’s. During that time, he fell in love with the cave and rose from tour guide to overnight manager. Since those days, he has remained involved with the cave, assisting when needed and exploring new passages. “Working with such extraordinary men as Roy and Tank, they instilled in me the importance of preservation of the cave and I am fully committed to continuing their legacy and keeping their dream, which is now my dream, alive for them and Warren County. My wife and children support me 100% and share in my love of the cave and this community. Growing the business of the cave, bringing new opportunities to my hometown, and strengthening the relationship with
Warren County is my main goal,” stated Mr. Young.

Travis Young will be stepping into the role as of January 28. The position became available after Robby Black, General Manager at the cave for 5 years, answered his calling to become a full-time minister at Bates Hill Presbyterian Church. Mr. Black had this to say about his successor: “Travis will be a wonderful manager for the cave. He is a great Christian man, who like me, has a love for Cumberland Caverns and the conservation of our area. I think he will be a fine leader for our business moving forward into 2019.”

Cumberland Caverns, discovered in 1810, has been helping families create lasting memories together for over 60 years. Currently, the cave offers daily walking tours, adventure tours, guided outdoor hikes, underground camping, concerts, and special events. Cumberland Caverns welcomes over 40K visitors from all over the world each year, who come to experience unimagined beauty hidden 333’ below the surface.

December Holiday Special At Cumberland Caverns

Holiday Special: Get 2 FREE Daily Walking Tour child tickets with each adult ticket purchase!

Plus, receive a FREE Limited Edition Christmas Ornament while supplies last.

Holidays are perfect for spending quality time with family and friends. Laughing, exploring and reminiscing about years gone by, while making new memories to carry you through a lifetime.

Cumberland Caverns would like to be a small part of your holiday celebration this year by offering a special gift for you and your family. Join us for a Daily Walking Tour between now and December 31, 2018, and enjoy 2 FREE child admissions (12 and under) for each adult ticket purchased. While you are at the cave, you will also be presented with one of our limited edition holiday ornaments featuring the iconic Volcano Room chandelier. Combined, this is a savings of over $33, but it’s only available for a  limited time and while supplies last.

The cave will be closed December 24-25 so employees can spend the holiday together with their families, but will reopen on December 26 and tours will leave out every hour on the hour from 9AM-5PM CST.

*Two free child’s Daily Walking Tour admission tickets given with the purchase of one adult Daily Walking Tour at regular price.
**Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
***One ornament per family with the purchase of a Daily Walking Tour, Adventure Tour or Caveman Campout.

Limited Edition Chandelier Ornament – Now Available For A Limited Time – FREE With Tours

Limited Edition Christmas Ornament Featuring The Iconic Volcano Room Chandelier
Now Available While Supplies Last

Create new traditions by celebrating the season with family and friends 333’ below at Cumberland Caverns.

Give loved ones the gift of time and being together when you spend the holidays with us at the cave. Now until December 31, when you join us for a Daily Walking Tour, or any Daytime or Overnight Adventure, you will receive a limited edition Christmas ornament featuring the iconic Volcano Room chandelier as our gift to you.

The full color, all-metal ornament is the first in a yearly series commemorating the things that make Cumberland Caverns so unique and beautiful. Supplies are limited and when they are gone, no more of this design will be produced so, get yours while they last.

Daily Walking Tours leave out every hour on the hour from 9 AM – 5 PM (CST)

Daytime adventures are available by reservation any day of the week or join us on Saturday or Sunday at 10 AM for a Rocky Topper Adventure Tour, or 2 PM to take on the Higgenbothams Revenge Adventure Tour.

Caveman Campout Overnights are available by reservation only.

Give us a call today and let us help you book the adventure of a lifetime: 931-668-4396.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reopening December 26 at 9 AM

*Limit one ornament per family.
**Qualifying purchases: Daily Walking Tour, Adventure Tours, Overnight Adventures, Season Pass Holders (new and existing will be honored).

Scouting Cave Takeover

Cumberland Caverns announces dates for Scouting Cave Takeover!

Bring your scouting group for an exclusive overnight adventure!

Area scouting groups in Middle Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama are invited to an exclusive overnight adventure here at Cumberland Caverns!

For a discounted rate of $47 (per person), your group will have the opportunity to take part in a special night loaded with activities and adventure, while getting the place to yourselves as you experience sleeping inside the cave.

This all-inclusive adventure includes our Daily Walking Tour and a special Adventure Tour, plus a scavenger hunt, games, movies, prizes and more! Also, your group will be treated to two meals during the course of this fun-filled, overnight experience.

What’s Included

  • Adventure Tour
  • Daily Walking Tour
  • Sleep Inside the Cave
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Movies
  • Prizes
  • Two Meals Included

Middle TN Scouting Groups:

January 11, 2019
June 22, 2019

Georgia Scouting Groups:

February 16, 2019

Alabama Scouting Groups:

April 6, 2019

Call 931-668-4396 to make reservations for your group today!

Limited Time Offer: $3.33 Off Daily Walking Tours

Save $3.33 When You Go 333 Feet Below!

From now until October 14, you can purchase tickets for our Daily Walking Tour at a discounted rate! Get $3.33 off tickets for adults and children, and experience the wonder and adventure that awaits 333 feet below the earth’s surface. This offer is available until October 14, 2018, and tickets are valid until December 31, 2018.

Limited Time Offer

Book now to get $3.33 off each ticket and take advantage of this limited time offer, available until October 14, 2018. Tickets purchased through this offer are valid until December 31, 2018, so you can save big and start planning! Only valid with online purchases. 

Daily Walking Tours

The fall and winter weather can be unpredictable in Tennessee, but one thing you can always count on is having a wonderful experience at Cumberland Caverns. Rain or shine, the Daily Walking Tour leaves out every hour on the hour from 9-5 CST. Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you will find our 56-degree cavern to have the perfect atmosphere for adventure!

On the Daily Walking Tour, you will embark on a fascinating 1.5-hour walk through the caves where you will experience the beauty of nature hidden 333 feet below. Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning how the caverns were formed and exploring the incredible rock formations, waterfalls and unique features that await underground.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Pick a Day and Cave Your Way – New Caving Options!

Introducing New Cave Tours, Reservation Options & VIP Tours At Cumberland Caverns

Go on a spelunking adventure (complete with helmets, headlamps, and fun)! New cave tours depart on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm CST. These adventures will depart for amazing destinations hidden deep within Cumberland Caverns.

New Adventure Tours

10 AM Saturday & Sunday Tours

A group favorite and a perfect introduction to caving, Adventure #1 The Rocky Topper kicks off at 10:00 am and takes guests ages 6 and up through a maze of spectacular gypsum crystals, ancient fossils, and grand formations.

2 PM Saturday & Sunday Tours

If you cannot make the first trip, jump on board Adventure #2 Higgenbotham’s Revenge at 2:00 pm.  This historic trek is for guests ages 11 and up and boasts tall ladders, incredible sights, and a trip over the mountain to descend inside the cave from a hidden entrance.

You will discover as much about yourself as you will nature when you embark on a wild tour at Cumberland Caverns.  During either journey, you will trace the steps of early explorers and experience the same magic 333’ below as the pioneers did 200 years ago.

Daily Walking Tours

REMINDER: Daily Walking Tours still depart every hour on the hour from 9 am – 5 pm CST – No Reservations Required!

Cave Your Way – Reservation Options

Are you looking for a custom experience?  For a few dollars more, you can cave your own way by booking an advance reservation for 2 or more guests and pick a time that best suits your needs.

VIP Experience – Private Cave Tours

If a VIP experience is more your style, you will be excited to know we offer that as well!  With a VIP reservation, you and your group will be treated to a private guide, high protein snacks and water to fuel your adventure, and all at a time that works best with your schedule. A 10-day notice is required, but well worth the extra planning.

On your trip of a lifetime, Cumberland Caverns will equip you with a helmet and headlamp; you bring your sense of adventure, good hiking shoes, and long pants.

Be prepared to get dirty, laugh A LOT, and conquer the underside of Cardwell Mountain.


Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Free Kid Fridays In September!

Cumberland Caverns is hosting Free Kid Fridays throughout September!

You asked and we listened!

Join us every Friday in September when you can enjoy two FREE Daily Walking Tour child tickets (ages 12 and under) with one paid adult ticket purchase.

On this tour, you and your children will witness the beauty of nature hidden deep below the earth’s surface. 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 BRAND-NEW gem mining sluice-prices start at just $5.99 plus tax. Our premium bags of gem rich soil are guaranteed to make any kid feel like a real 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.

*Offer valid ONLY on Fridays in the month of September 2018. Offer valid for two free child Daily Walking Tour tickets (ages 12 and under) with one paid adult ticket. Cannot be used in combination with any other offer. Tickets must be purchased in the gift shop.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Cumberland Caverns Talks Cave Safety With FOX 17

Cave Safety – Always Be Prepared When Exploring Underground

With 10,000 known caves, Tennessee has more caves per state than any other state in the nation. And explorers are finding new ones all the time. The crew at Cumberland Caverns has some important safety tips for explores planning an underground adventure.

When venturing underground remember your Rules of Three. Always have three sources of light and always cave with three people. And before you depart, remember to tell your friends and family where you are going. It’s very important to give clear details of your underground trip to people who are not accompanying you. Also, watch the weather and know the flooding patterns (if any) of the cave you plan to visit.

Our cave crew closely followed the story of the youth soccer team who became trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. We are all thankful for the successful rescue of the boys and their coach.

Matt Alvarez of FOX 17 in Nashville, TN, visited Cumberland Caverns and spoke to our cave crew about the importance of cave safety. Kelly Roberts said,

“Something like Thailand could happen in Tennessee. It would not happen in one of the commercial caves. Our cave does not flood, but even at the commercial caves that do flood they keep a close eye on the weather and they will shut down if there’s going to be any inkling that there’s going to be a flood or high water.”

During a recent interview with FOX 17, long time explorer Bill Walter shared the importance of safety when caving. With 65 years of caving and exploring experience, Bill is an expert. Once he even rescued people who became stuck in a cave on his property. Bill said,

“Wet caves can be dangerous too, of course, the Thailand incident gave everybody a picture of what can happen, and Tennessee caves can flood.”

Watch the video and read the full FOX 17 news story. Special thanks to Matt Alvarez for sharing the importance of caving safety.

All-Inclusive Cardwell Mountain Package

Cumberland Caverns: Weekend Full of Adventure!

If nature, quality time, and adventure are all at the top of your must-experience list this summer, look no further than Cumberland Caverns and the Upper Cumberland region to fill that order!

Are you looking for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank? For less than $70 per person, which includes tax, you and your crew of 10 or more can enjoy a weekend filled with fun at Cumberland Caverns. This summer we announced the opening of our all new Apple Brandy Trail guided hike. To celebrate, we have put together an all-inclusive Cardwell Mountain package that is sure to check off some items on your bucket list. Don’t have 10 people in your group? No worries, we will find a night when we already have folks on the books and reserve your getaway during that time.

All-Inclusive Cardwell Mountain Package $60 (plus tax)

  • Daily Walking Tour
  • Higgenbotham’s Revenge Caving Adventure
  • Dinner
  • Overnight Stay In The Cave
  • Breakfast
  • Apple Brandy Trail Guided Hike

The weekend will start off right with a Caveman Campout on a Friday or Saturday night. During your overnight excursion inside the cave, you will enjoy a Daily Walking Tour, explore the depths of the cavern on a Higgenbotham’s Revenge Adventure Tour, be treated to a delicious dinner, and bed down in our perfect 56-degree 10-acre room at your own campsite. Upon waking the next morning, breakfast will be served, and you will then be off on your next grand adventure, this time outside, on the Apple Brandy Trail guided hike. The 2-hour trek takes hikers across Cardwell Mountain on a beautiful scenic journey that combines nature and the rich history of Warren County. You and your group will be delighted by the stories, legends, and scenery of our area while enjoying the fresh air and all the best mother nature has to offer.

Explore More

If you are looking to extend your stay, you can add additional spelunking tours, check out a Cumberland Caverns Live concert, or visit any of the following great attractions within 30-45 mins of the cavern: Smooth Rapids Kayak Rental, Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island State Parks, ISHA, Canoe the Caney, The Retreat at Center Hill Lake, and don’t forget to take a stroll through our picturesque downtown McMinnville.

Come for the day or stay for the week. There’s always plenty of outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes, adventure, and fun to turn your family vacation into a memory of a lifetime.

Call 931-668-4396 for more information.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Friday Rocky Topper Adventure Tours – NO Reservations Required

Rocky Topper Adventure Tour Now Offered Every Friday-WITHOUT A RESERVATION

Are you bored with the same old summer routine? Escape the summer heat by going on an underground adventure! Every Friday, beginning June 29, grab your crew and head on down to Cumberland Caverns for an afternoon full of excitement and memory making fun!

Did I mention the cave has a natural air-conditioning system in place for the dog days of summer? You read that right, it stays a consistent 56 degrees inside the cave year-round which makes it a perfect escape any time you need a break. On this adventure, discovery will be the name of the game as you twist, turn, climb, and wind your way through passages deep within the cavern. While you are testing your abilities and gaining your confidence, laughter and good times will fuel your quest for the ultimate experience!

The Rocky Topper adventure tour is about ¾ of a mile, takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete, and is of moderate intensity. What will you need to make this the best spelunking day at the cave? We recommend pants instead of shorts, closed toe walking or hiking shoes, a love of nature, and a sense of adventure. We also suggest knee and elbow pads, but they are not required. What does Cumberland Caverns provide? We will equip you with an experienced guide and a lighted helmet to lead the way.

This spelunking trip is designed for ages 6 and up and takes you through some of the most loved areas of the cave- and with names like “Lemon Squeezer and Bubblegum Alley” you are guaranteed to have fun! So, grab your family and friends and join us at 1:00 p.m. CST every Friday and Saturday through August 31 for our Rocky Topper “No Reservations Required” Adventure Tour.


Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Kids Cave Free During Rutherford County Days

Rutherford County Residents Enjoy Free Child Admission During the Month of August!

Are you looking for adventure and one last reprieve from the summer heat before heading back to class? Cumberland Caverns has an exclusive offer for Rutherford County residents, but it’s only good for a limited time. Make the short drive out to the cave anytime during the month of August and enjoy 2 free children’s daily walking tour admissions when you purchase one adult ticket at full price. That’s a savings of over $27!

“We wanted to take this opportunity to invite our neighbors to come out and enjoy our beautiful spot on (and under) the mountain. There really is no better way to escape the heat and bustling city life than to get out in nature and into our perfect 56-degree cavern for some quality time and family fun,” says Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director for Cumberland Caverns.

A Unique Experience

On the Daily Walking Tour, guests can expect to experience a magical world hidden just beneath the earth’s surface. With sights and sounds to spark imagination and wonder, the 1.5 hour walk through the cave takes visitors on a journey through time, weaving the brave and historic tales of past explorers with fascinating facts about the caves discovery, formations and unique features.

“Cumberland Caverns has so much more to offer guests in addition to the underground excursions. Bring your lunch and enjoy a meal out under the pavilion, mine for gems in the all new sluice, or hike one of our beautiful trails. The cave is also centrally located to kayak rentals, ISHA, and Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island State Parks.” -Robby Black, General Manager

No Reservations Required

The no reservation required Daily Walking Tour leaves out every hour on the hour from 9-5 CST. To qualify for the free child’s admission, show your driver’s license or proof of residency from Rutherford County during check-in and be ready to make a memory to last a lifetime. If you are looking to test your strength, endurance and thrill-seeking levels, inquire about spending the night inside the cave or one of the many daytime adventure tours.

Call 931-668-4396 for more information.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Cumberland Caverns Ranks #19 On PEOPLE’S “100 Reasons To Love America”

PEOPLE’S “100 Reasons To Love America” lists Cumberland Caverns in the 19th spot!

PEOPLE Magazine is celebrating our nation’s independence with “100 Reasons To Love America.” Cumberland Caverns appears 19th on the list of PEOPLE’S favorites. This collection compiles 100 of America’s favorite people, places, things and ideas.

Over 32 miles of caves and underground passageways draw thousands of visitors to Cumberland Caverns each year. Here explorers of all skill levels can experience incredible underground rock formations, beautiful underground waterfalls, gleaming pools and much more.

Inside the Historic Volcano Room, 333’ below the surface, concertgoers are treated to near-perfect acoustics presented with a backdrop of amazing formations and unsurpassed beauty. The concert series, Cumberland Caverns Live, hosts a wide array of talent including The Head And The Heart, Shawn Mullins, Secret Sisters, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook and more!

Forbes, Time and Jetsetter have included music at Cumberland Caverns on some of their most prestigious lists of places you don’t want to miss. Now PEOPLE joins the ranks listing Cumberland Caverns among the top 20 reasons to love America!

The special July 2018 edition of PEOPLE Magazine is on sale now at newsstands across the country.

New Guided Hiking Adventure – Apple Brandy Trail

Apple Brandy Trail

Now Offering Guided Outdoor Hikes

The Apple Brandy Trail opens across Cardwell Mountain

Cumberland Caverns is known as the place “where adventures run deep,” but beginning May 5 guests will also be taken to great heights when the Apple Brandy Trail opens to the public. The all-new guided outdoor hike will take explorers ages 10 and up on a 2.5-mile moderate intensity trek across Cardwell Mountain. During this hiking excursion, groups will be immersed in nature and entertained and delighted by the history, legends, and secrets of the area.

“People visit Cumberland Caverns from all over the world and are fascinated by the stories and natural beauty of our location. We have been looking at ways to utilize more of our property to offer guests a broader experience and more reasons to stay and play in Warren County. Cardwell Mountain has been such an important part of this community, we knew we had to honor the land by telling her story to the world.” -Robby Black, General Manager

Most people know Warren County as the Nursery Capital of the World, but few know that the local economy staple took root on this very mountain with the thriving peach and apple orchards that grew here. Farmers, looking for a way to utilize and preserve their fruit crops, began what would become a very prosperous endeavor for many years to come making brandy. Therefore, the Apple Brandy Trail got its name from the apple and peach brandy trade in the 1800’s.

On this incredible journey, groups will learn about various other caves located on the property, Native American folklore, area wildlife and foliage, as well as various other facts and oddities of the mountain and its settlers.

“Some of the most intriguing aspects about this hike for me are the legends, stories, and artifacts left behind by the Native Americans who centuries ago called these woods home. And of course, the link we have to the Trail of Tears is both fascinating and heartbreaking. We know of at least one Indian Marker Tree located on our property which is a very exciting discovery.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director

Apple Brandy Trail hikes are currently being offered by reservation only. Later in the year, Cumberland Caverns will open another portion of land for guided nature hikes for school children and groups of all ages.

“We are hoping the addition of these trails and nature walks will encourage families to get out in nature and spend quality time connecting with one another by discovering and learning together. Quality time strengthens bonds and not only that but also provides numerous benefits to our health as well.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director

Whether you go 333’ below or 1300’ above, your adventure is waiting at Cumberland Caverns!

EmiSunshine Video “90 Miles” Shot At Cumberland Caverns

EmiSunshine Supports Autism Awareness
In New “90 Miles” Video

With her powerful song, “90 Miles” EmiSunshine is helping raise autism awareness. The Tennessee-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist selected Cumberland Caverns as the site of a new video to promote the song and its emotional message.

Video Credits
Director: Austin Albany
Camera: Nick Johnson
Grip/Production Assistant: Austin Coffey
Editor: Jon Doss
Produced By: Sublime Media Group

About EmiSunshine

Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/ The Louvin Brothers), she is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. The sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra entertainer is bound and determined to follow in their footsteps, and while she has some pretty big shoes to fill, this little lady fits the bill.

Emi launched her professional career performing at churches, community outings, and local festivals. It’s the spectacular 2014 performance at a Tennessee flea market that skyrocketed her career to become a worldwide phenomenon when a video of her stage show went viral on YouTube. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers.

Follow EmiSunshine Online

Daily Walking Tours

Take a Daily Walking Tour of the cave where EmiSunshine filmed “90 Miles”. Also see incredible formations, a historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Birds Of Prey At Cumberland Caverns – May 5

Birds of Prey & Snakes in the World Famous Volcano Room

May 5th, $5 Tickets

Bring the entire family out to Cumberland Caverns on May 5th at 4:00 PM for an action-packed adventure deep within the cave. Monica Johnson, Park Ranger with the State of Tennessee, will take center stage in the world-famous Volcano Room with a few of her close friends-Birds of Prey and some well-behaved snakes.

You will be entertained by the unpredictable nature of the birds and reptiles, captivated by their beauty, and educated by fascinating facts. For less than the cost of a movie, you and your family can take advantage of this amazing offer and opportunity to help support the state wildlife program while enjoying nature at its finest.

Tickets to the event are $5 per person with 100% going to support the Birds of Prey program!

Caveman Campout & Birds of Prey

If you are looking for an incredible, memory-making adventure, book a Caveman Campout and enjoy the Birds of Prey show at no additional charge!  Included in your overnight package: Birds of Prey Event, Rocky Topper Adventure Tour, Daily Walking Tour, sleep inside the cave, and wake up to a hot breakfast the next morning.

Call 931-668-4396 to reserve your spot! Take advantage of our special $45 per person pricing by using code: CCBOP2018. No minimum number required to stay on May 5th.


Cumberland Caverns – Where Adventures Run Deep!

Cumberland Caverns Founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. Passes Away

Honoring Cumberland Caverns Founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. 

January 18, 1934 – March 31,2018

This week marks the end of an era on Cardwell Mountain with the passing of Cumberland Caverns beloved founder, Roy A. Davis, Jr. Mr. Davis was born and raised in Indiana but would later make Warren County his home after falling in love with a little-known cave in the rural Tennessee hills named “Higgenbotham’s” after the original discoverer in 1810. With the help of his friend and fellow caver, Tank Gorin, and landowner A.W. Powell, Roy’s dream to share the beauty of his special cave with the world became a reality in July 1956 when Cumberland Caverns welcomed its first guests.

World-renowned as an expert in caves, Roy was instrumental in helping to establish, commercialize, and light a great number of spectacular show caves during his lifetime.

Longtime Friends Remember Roy Fondly

“Roy Davis was loved and respected by hundreds of leaders in the cave industry. He not only developed Cumberland Caverns but had huge projects in Meramec Caverns, Ruby Falls, Luray Caverns, Howe Caverns and many other caves in the USA. Roy also developed several caverns in the Caribbean. Many will remember Roy for his faith, his love for others, as well as his love for fun and adventure. He will be greatly missed.”- Jack Herschend, Herschend Family Entertainment


“To many people, Roy Davis was a hero! In the caving world, Roy Davis was known around the world as a master of commercializing and lighting caves. He made a huge time investment here in Warren County opening Cumberland Caverns for commercial tours in 1956. That investment has brought millions of tourists through Warren County and has provided jobs for countless teenagers and adults alike over the 62 years that Cumberland Caverns has been in operation. Roy helped to shape the lives of many of Warren County’s youth including mine. Roy will be missed here on Cardwell Mountain!”- Robby Black, General Manager, Cumberland Caverns


“Roy was more than just a cave explorer and entrepreneur. He was an employer, a trusted guide, a preacher and someone who loved adventure whether it was in the forest on at the controls of a mighty Wurlitzer. Roy’s life touched so many others that the stories will never cease, nor should they, because when eternity comes Roy is likely to be serving as St. Peter’s marketing director.”- Ed Yarbrough, Attorney and Former Cave Guide

Mr. Davis possessed a great amount of talent and successfully wore many hats during his lifetime. His creativity and ingenuity knew no bounds and evidence of that can be found by stepping 333’ below the surface and looking up at the magnificent chandelier he rescued from the Loews Metropolitan Theater in NY that now graces the ceiling of the Volcano Room inside Cumberland Caverns. Roy lived a very full life and to name all his accomplishments would fill several books. It is extremely hard to put into words his contribution to countless numbers of children and their families, not to mention this community and state as a whole.

Roy breathed life and poured love into Cumberland Caverns, which in turn has blessed this community and will continue to amaze, excite, and entertain the entire world for generations to come.


Services for Roy A. Davis, Jr will be held at 2:00 pm CST, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the First Christian Church of Sparta. Visitation will be from 1:00 CST until the time of service.