Groundhog Day Predictions

Photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP

“6 more weeks of winter!”-Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2017

It’s Goundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil just saw his shadow, but here at the cave, we are bracing for 6 more weeks of prime spelunking weather! Step out of the cold this month and into an adventure of a lifetime at Cumberland Caverns.

Nothing beats the winter blues like a brisk hike in nature and for the month of February, we are going to add to your outing by offering a FREE Daily Walking Tour with any purchase of an Adventure Tour. Come and spend the day with your family and friends sharing laughs, enjoying quality time, and most of all–making memories!

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Please Note:

  • 1 Free Daily Walking Tour with any Paid Adventure Tour in February only.
  • Free Daily Walking Tour must be used on the same day the Adventure Tour is taken.
  • Free Daily Walking Tour CAN be used in conjunction with the “no reservation required” Rocky Topper that takes place every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Travel Channel Filming At Cumberland Caverns – Casting Call

Now casting families for a Travel Channel filming at Cumberland Caverns!

Travel Channel Filming At Cumberland Caverns

The Travel Channel will film an exciting show at Cumberland Caverns featuring extreme overnight camping adventures and you can be a part of it! In late March, Cumberland Caverns will play host to producers filming a show on extreme overnight camping adventures for the Travel Channel. We are putting out a casting call to all enthusiastic, adventurous families (ages 6 and up) who would like to join us, on camera, for a Caveman Campout inside the cave.

How To Apply

To be cast for starring roles in the adventure of a lifetime, all you have to do is record a short video of you and your family, upload it to your Youtube channel or to Dropbox, and share the video link via email to
Email Kelly At Cumberland Caverns

Note: Video LINKS only, please DO NOT send videos directly to the email.

Here are a few examples of the information producers are looking to see in your video:

  • Tell about previous camping experiences.
  • Let them know who’s the most adventurous vs. the one that is not so much, or if you are all adventurers, by all means, do a little bragging.
  • If you have never been to Cumberland Caverns before, express how you feel about staying overnight in a cave.
  • Anything else you feel the producers should know about your family and what makes you perfect for this type of adventure.

If your family is selected to participate in this amazing overnight excursion, the caveman campout, and all food for the length of your stay inside the cave, will be provided by Cumberland Caverns at no cost to you. If this sounds like a challenge your crew is up for, and you are ready to descend 333′ below for a night of adventure and fun, submit your video today!

Submission deadline is March 1. No videos will be considered if submitted after this date.

FREE Walking Tours With Caving Adventures In Jan & Feb

Escape the cold and dive into ADVENTURE this Winter!

FREE Walking Tours In Jan & FebDon’t let cabin fever strike your family and friends again this year. Get a shot of adventure by visiting Cumberland Caverns and stave off the winter doldrums by scheduling one of our spelunking tours.

FREE Walking Tours

Cumberland Caverns would like to sweeten your day at the cave with a great offer. Book any adventure tour for January or February and receive a free Daily Walking Tour on the same day.* Simply book your tour then bring your receipt to Cumberland Caverns on the day of your Adventure Tour. It’s twice the fun and another opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime!

About Spelunking

What is spelunking, you ask? Spelunking is hiking with a delightful twist – no threat of inclement weather! Our cave stays a comfortable 56 degrees year round with no chance of rain nor snow in the underground forecast.

*Please Note The Following:

  • 1 Free Daily Walking Tour with any Paid Adventure Tour in January and February only.
  • You must show your valid receipt with a purchase date between January 1, 2017 and February 29, 2017 to receive the Free Daily Walking Tour on the same day of your Adventure Tour.
  • Free Daily Walking Tour must be used on the same day the Adventure Tour is taken.
  • Free Daily Walking Tour CAN be used in conjunction with the “no reservation required” Rocky Topper that takes place every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Ho Ho Ho Adventure Days at Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns takes the ‘Ba Humbug’ out of your holiday break with an adventure tour!

Ho Ho Ho Adventure Days At Cumberland Caverns

Grab the kids and pack your sleigh for an adventure of a lifetime at Cumberland Caverns! In December, the cave will be hosting 4 days of “no reservations required” for our most popular adventure tour the Rocky Topper. December 20, 22, 27, 29 at 10 a.m. CST, you and your crew can escape the winter blahs and cold weather by going on a spelunking excursion 333’ below the earth’s surface.

Rocky Topper – No Reservations Required Dates12/20

    • 12/20
    • 12/22
    • 12/27
    • 12/29

Tours begin at 10 a.m. CST – Please arrive 15 minutes early!

Twist, turn, climb and wind your way through passages deep within the cavern as you and your group enjoy the pleasant 56-degree climate, share lots of laughs, and make exciting memories that will last a lifetime.

About Rocky Topper

The Rocky Topper adventure is about ¾ of a mile, takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete and is of moderate intensity. This spelunking trip is designed for ages 6 and up and takes you through some of the most beloved areas of the cave – and with names like “Lemon Squeezer and Bubblegum Alley” you are guaranteed to have fun!

The Rocky Topper is offered anytime with a reservation and also offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CST without a reservation.

Holiday Hours

The cave will be closed December 24 and 25 for our employees to enjoy the holidays with their families.

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Gift Certificates – Give The Gift Of Adventure!

Youth Rally Erupt at Cumberland Caverns

Give the gift of adventure with Cumberland Caverns Gift Certificates!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything? Why not give them a gift of adventure and the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime?

When you present someone with a Cumberland Caverns Gift Certificate, you are giving them something that will not soon be forgotten. Educational, entertaining, and fun for the entire family, a visit to the cave will encourage quality time, ignite their imagination, and get them active outside in nature.

Cumberland Caverns has a wide range of gift certificates to choose from and a memorable trip for everyone on your list:

  • Daily Walking Tours
  • Adventure Tours
  • Caveman Campouts
  • Individual and Family Season Passes

The gift of adventure is always the perfect size and never goes out of style! You won’t even have to fight the crowds when you order the gift of a lifetime by calling 931-668-4396! We will even mail it right to your door – FREE of charge.

This year, make memories at Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Bluegrass Underground Gift Certificates are available at

Incredible Class Field Trips At Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns welcomes class field trips for an unforgettable learning adventure!

Daily Walking Tours

Teachers, schedule your class field trip to visit the cave during the months of September 2016 through March 2017 and enjoy a $20 Gift Certificate to use in our gift shop. We will also add your name to our drawing on May 31st for the chance to win 2 tickets to the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground concert series.

A visit to the cave is not only visually stimulating, but entertaining and educational as well. 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!

Rocks & More

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. Your class can also mine for gems at our Gem Mining Sluice-prices start at $3.00 each 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!

Is your class learning about money? Teach students to manage their shopping allowance while utilizing their addition, subtraction, and budgeting skills in our gift shop – where items start at just $1!

How To Book

Call 931-668-4396 today to reserve your next field trip. Please ask for Tammie and remember to mention the code EARLYBIRD16 to activate your gift certificate. The gift certificate will be given to you on the day of your visit and will be used as the entry form for the Bluegrass Underground ticket giveaway upon use. Limit: 1 $20 Gift Certificate per class.


  • Public and Private School Teachers – one certificate per teacher per class.
  • Homeschool teachers with a group of 30 or more can also qualify for this offer. One $20 certificate per teacher with 30 students.
  • Reservations required.
  • Payment must be received in one single transaction- check or credit card.
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer or special.
  • You MUST mention the code EARLYBIRD16 during the reservation process to take advantage of this offer.


We hope to see you soon at Cumberland Caverns – Where Adventures Run Deep!


Year-Round ADVENTURE awaits at Cumberland Caverns!

The journey is definitely the destination when you take your hiking trip to the next level-UNDERGROUND! Explore your adventurous side in Mother Nature’s “climate controlled” world 333’ below the surface.

Every day it’s a perfect 56° with no chance for rain, and every opportunity for fun!


Adventurers as young as six years old can hone their skills on the Rocky Topper. Sightseers will be amazed by the Glittering Pass. Experienced enthusiasts can test their skills with Higgenbothams Revenge, and real daredevils can challenge themselves on the Parts Unknown.

Caveman Campouts

Upgrade your daytime adventure to an overnight Caveman Campout. Stay the night in the Ten Acre Room. These underground campouts are offered year-round, and the weather is never a factor in the “climate controlled” cave.

Discover More

Need a perfect and unique gift for the nature lover in your life? Arrive at the party with a spelunking gift certificate and quickly become their favorite guest.

Whether you take a Daily Walking Tour, gear up for Daytime Spelunking, or bed down for an Overnight Adventure – pick your package and we will provide the magic.

Warning – Extreme fun and priceless memories await 333’ below at Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Choir in the Cave – WCHS Choir LIVE from Cumberland Caverns!

Warren County High School Choir will present Choir in the Cave on Oct. 22, to raise funds for travel expenses to the Disney Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Orlando, FL!

Are you looking for some PHANTABULOUS entertainment to kick off this Halloween season? There’s a spooktacular event brewing at Cumberland Caverns for October 22.

The WCHS Choir along with special guests, the Morrison Elementary Choir, will cut through the darkness of the world famous Volcano Room with their spine-chilling renditions of all your favorite Halloween classics. So, throw on a cloak and grab your ghouls, this is one concert you don’t want to miss!

Ticket Options

Tour & Concert
A Howling Good Time: $22 per person

Concert ONLY
Concert Cauldron: $10 per person

Tickets can be purchased exclusively through Cumberland Caverns until October 14 or while supplies last!


About Choir in the Cave

Choir in the Cave is a fundraising event! All proceeds from concert ticket sales will help fund the WCHS Choir’s travel expenses to the Disney Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Orlando, FL. This year marks the second consecutive year the group has received this prestigious invitation.

We don’t want to give away too much of the THRILLER, but THIS IS HALLOWEEN and you can expect a MONSTER MASH! The Select Ensemble will be the feature act with special performances by the entire cast and the Morrison Elementary Choir.

If you want to dress in your costume best, feel free to ZOMBIE UP and head on over for a good time underground! The cave is always a perfect 56 degrees, but NOT handicap accessible.

About WCHS Choir

In 2012-2013, the WCHS Choir began with 60 members who performed at several community events in the county and around the state. In a few short years, the group has grown to over 200 with a Select Ensemble of 45 auditioned students taking the lead. This year, the WCHS Choir has been invited to perform at the Disney Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Orlando, FL. Very few schools have had this honor and the talented Warren County choir has been chosen twice-they also performed there in 2015! Cumberland Caverns is committed to helping make that dream come true; therefore, all profits from the concert ticket sales will go directly into the school fund to get this group to Florida.

Youth Rally At Cumberland Caverns – Sept. 23-25

Three-day Christian Youth Rally “Erupt” set for Sept. 23-25 at Cumberland Caverns!


Erupt is an intense three-day Christain Youth Rally with fun and learning designed specifically for young Christians (and aspiring young Christians). We invite you to discover the wonders of Cumberland Caverns, a historic national landmark, during this unforgettable weekend!


This spiritually uplifting weekend will include speakers Ben Hays and Andrew Jenkins. Ben is the Pulpit Minister at the Highland Park Church of Christ in Muscle Shoals, AL. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and owns a small private practice. Andrew is the Youth Minister at the Woodson Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, TN.


In addition to Jerry Elder leading worship, the singing group Cornerstone from Faulkner University will perform Saturday evening.


Everyone who registers will get a tour through the cave and an experience like no other. The Registration deadline has been extended.
Register For Erupt

Caveman Scavenger Hunt at the Warren County A&L Fair

Next week kicks off a long standing tradition in Warren County-the A&L Fair.

Rides will be going up, cotton candy and caramel apples are on the menu, and fall is in the air. Ahhh…what a wonderful time of year!

To celebrate, Cumberland Caverns would like to add to the fun with a week-long Caveman Scavenger Hunt for some great prizes and tickets to adventure. Each day, Monday through Saturday, we will post a clue on our social media pages, and also in our booth, that will lead you to specially marked agate slices hidden somewhere on the grounds at the fair. These colorful stones, clearly marked with “Cumberland Caverns,” will be outside the attractions and in plain sight. When you locate one of the stones, take it to the Cumberland Caverns booth (located underneath the Grandstand) between the hours of 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. to redeem for your prize.

If you happen not to find one of the lucky stones, you can stop by our booth and register for a grand prize drawing on Saturday night for a chance to win two (2) tickets to the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground concert series.

Be watching our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages beginning Monday, September 12 through Saturday, September 17 for a list of prizes and the clues to win some Cumberland Caverns loot!

Rules: You can claim only one scavenger hunt prize during the contest week.

Cumberland Caverns – Where Adventures Run Deep!

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 is 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.


Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

Caveman Campout – What Waits Below – All Group Sizes Welcome

For a limited time, Cumberland Caverns offers Caveman Campouts to groups of any size!

Rocky Topper Spelunking Tour

Have you always wanted to come for a Caveman Campout at Cumberland Caverns, but didn’t have 10 people in your group? Well, you are in luck, now is the time to book your overnight adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Cumberland Caverns will host three “no group minimum required” cave camping events. Instead of the usual 10 person minimum to book your stay, you will be allowed to set reservations for one, two, three or however many people you would like, all at the same low cost as if you had booked a large group!

  • Saturday, August 20
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Friday, September 30

During your stay, enjoy hearing about our history and see the beautiful formations on the Daily Walking Tour. After your walking tour set out on a real spelunking trek with the Rocky Topper Adventure Tour. When your adventures are complete, bed down in the cool, serene space of our 10 acre room for a wonderful night’s rest. Upon awakening the next morning, a hot breakfast will be served to top off your stay before you head home with great stories of your exciting cave adventure!

Call Tammie today at 931-668- 4396 to reserve your spot.

More about What Waits Below

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Cave Yoga & Meditation – July 30

CAVE YOGA & Meditation at Cumberland Caverns – July 30

Cave Yoga & Meditation

Grab your yoga mat and join us for a beginner restorative yoga and meditation event 333′ below in the world famous Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

CAVE YOGA & Meditation
Time: 9-11 AM (CST)
Cost: Donation Only

We have put together an amazing team of mind-body-health conscious professionals for a restorative, informative and enlightening event in the world famous Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns! We will learn about the mind/body connection in regards to nutrition, movement and sound therapy.


  • Mary Beth Laxson: Nutrition – The Mind/Body Connection
  • Tracy Martin: Benefits of Detox
  • Michelle Grandey: Beginner Yoga Sessions
  • Tre James: Guided Visualization & Sound Meditation

For more information and to reserve your spot contact, Kelly Roberts. Let’s awaken and discover a different way to de-stress and live our best lives possible-TOGETHER!

All money donated will go to Share it Forward and Juice it Forward – Non-Profit Charities.

Download Cave Yoga & Meditation Flyer

2016 McMinnville Mountain Crawl – August 6

Mountain Crawl at Cumberland Caverns – August 6 at 2 PM

The Mountain Crawl

Are you up for the challenge of the 2016 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!

Mountain Crawl is set for August 6, 2016, at 2 PM (CST). Register as an individual or a team.

Individual: $35
Team: $100

Race Day Registration
Individual: $45
Team: $100

A FREE event t-shirt is included in the registration fee. Enjoy Reggae Smooth Rapids after the race!

Visit to register and get details about the course, equipment needed, prizes and more!

Download 2016 Mountain Crawl Flyer

Happy 4th of July & Happy 60th Anniversary

Cumberland Caverns 60th Anniversary

Happy 4th of July & Happy 60th Anniversary Cumberland Caverns!

July 4, 1956, was a day filled with celebration on Cardwell Mountain in Warren County, Tennessee, as Cumberland Caverns opened the cave doors to greet guests from all around the area.

A big dream in a small town quickly turned into a world renowned attraction as visitors grew from numbering 500 the first year to well over 40,000 sixty years later. Whether people come to witness the serenity and beauty of the cave or to enjoy a Bluegrass Underground concert, they leave mesmerized by the experience. Bring your family and friends to experience what others from all 50 states and 19 different countries already know-there is something magical about Cumberland Caverns!

On Monday, July 4th we will not only celebrate our country’s independence but also honor the dream of three visionaries, Tank Gorin, Roy Davis and A.W. Powell and their accomplishment of making the hidden gem that is Cumberland Caverns available for the world to enjoy. On that very first day, visitors were greeted with lemonade and cookies and we will continue that tradition as well as add our own little twist to the festivities!

Please join us as we kick off the next 60+ years with a day of celebration starting at 9 a.m. CST

  • Lemonade and cookies will be served to all guests
  • First 25 people on tour will receive Cumberland Caverns t-shirts
  • First 10 kids on tour will receive a caveman plush figure
  • The following drawings will be held at the end of the day:
    • (2) Family of 4 Season Passes
    • (4) Sets of Daily Walking Tour Tickets
    • (2) Sets of Rocky Topper Adventure Tour Tickets
    • (6) Bluegrass Underground Tickets
    • (4) $10 Topz Frozen Yogurt Gift Cards
    • (2) Smooth Rapids Kayaking Certificates

No purchase necessary to enter the drawings for prizes. Winners will be notified by phone or email on or before 7/8/2016. Only one entry per person per category will be acknowledged. Individuals will not be awarded prizes in more than one category. You do not have to be present to win.

Celebrating 60 Years of Welcoming Guests

Celebrating 60 Years at Cumberland Caverns

This year, Cumberland Caverns celebrates 60 years of welcoming guests to experience the wonders of a magnificent world hidden deep beneath the earth’s surface. We have come a long way since opening our cave to visitors in 1956, but a couple of things will never change- providing ultimate adventures and making memories that last a lifetime!

We would like to invite you to come and see for yourself the extraordinary sights and formations just waiting to be rediscovered by you, your family and friends. Spend the day listening to stories of the explorers that came before, our connection to the Civil War, and many exciting tales of how the cave’s geological wonders came into existence.

Daytime Caving Adventures

Cumberland Caverns has several daytime spelunking tour options as well for every level of adventurer. Our spelunking trips are designed for ages 6 and up and take you through some of the most loved areas of the cave and with names like Lemon Squeezer, Bubblegum Alley and Tucker’s Tunnel you are guaranteed to have fun!

Caveman Campouts

If you are looking for a little more excitement, take your camping trip to the next level inside the cave. Avoid the heat, bugs and hassle of pitching a tent when you and your group join us 333 feet below ground. Not only will you get to sleep in a cave (HOW COOL IS THAT?), you will witness beautiful sights and formations, enjoy game time with your group, embark on a real spelunking adventure, and top it all off with a delicious breakfast the next morning. Wow! Now you’re not just camping, you are creating memories!!

Prepare for an epic adventure full of laughs and good times, give us a call at 931-473-4396 or check out our Daytime Caving Adventures or explore our Overnight Caveman Campouts.

Cumberland Caverns is located at 1437 Cumberland Caverns Road, McMinnville, Tennessee 37110