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

Cumberland Caverns-where adventures run deep!

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

Season VI Bluegrass Underground PBS Taping on 04/01/16

Season VI Bluegrass Underground PBS Taping

Join us for the Season VI filming of PBS’s Emmy Award winning concert series, Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN.

Season VI Bluegrass Underground PBS Taping at Cumberland CavernsFriday
The Cox Family
Drivin’ n’ Cryin
Sierra Hull
Jason & the Scorchers

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Mac Mcanally
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Dave Rawlings Machine

Lone Bellow
The Suffers
JJ Grey and Mofro
St. Paul Broken Bones

Box Office Hours:
– Friday-1:00PM-6:00PM, cave doors open 5:00PM, show starts at 6:00PM
– Saturday-9:00AM-2:00PM, cave doors open 1:00PM, show starts at 2:00PM
– Sunday-9:00AM-2:00PM, cave doors open 1:00PM, show starts at 2:00PM

Cave Tour Hours:
– Friday leave gift shop: 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 2:30PM & 3:00PM
– Saturday leave gift shop: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 10:30AM & 11:00AM
– Sunday leave gift shop: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 10:30AM & 11:00AM
Tours also run on the hour every hour. All tour groups must exit the cave upon completing tour. Cave is NOT handicap accessible. No refunds. Artist, performance order and times subject to change.

Show Info

Join us for the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground. Box Office is open on Saturday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM cave doors open at NOON. Cave tours leave Saturday at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 & 11:00 PM. Tours also run on the hour every hour. All tour groups must exit the cave upon completing a tour.

Cave doors open to general public: 12:00 pm CST

The Cave is NOT handicap accessible. No Refunds. All times and artists subject to change.



All-new episodes of the award-winning concert series BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND set to air on PBS this fall

Producers of the acclaimed PBS music event series, BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND, announced Season Five will include 12 all-new episodes of this unique, musical adventure. The concert series is taped live in the world-famous Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns 333-feet underground.

The first episode of Season Five features Leftover Salmon.

BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND Season 5 artists include: Amos Lee, Robert Earl Keen, Leeann Womack, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Jerry Douglas and The Earls Of Leicester, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Quebe Sisters, and Chattam County Line.

“BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND is immersive musical television in a singular setting unlike anything you’ve seen before and PBS is proud and excited to continue to offer this series across a full spectrum of American and Americana music,” says Donald Thoms, Vice President of General Audience Programming for PBS.

“We’re pleased that PBS continues to be as excited about BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND as we are,” says Todd Mayo. “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND has become a world famous stage that literally shines a light on musical artistry that is as authentic as this magical cave.”

BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND premieres on PBS in September 2015. Check your local listings for details and remember to set your DVR.


Family Day at Cumberland Caverns reconnects families

Reconnect with your family while exploring miles of underground passageways during Cumberland Caverns’ Family Day, every Saturday

Cumberland Caverns Family Days

Cumberland Caverns Family Days

Are you looking for a new and exciting family activity? Do you want to make some special family memories? Take one afternoon and trade in your phones and tablets for flashlights and hard hats. Our all-new Family Day offers an affordable, exciting adventure the whole family will love.

At Cumberland Caverns, the forecast is always the same, a pleasant 56 degrees and no chance of rain (or snow)! We offer two great activities on Saturdays for groups of all ages and interest levels. Choose your underground tour and start making some unforgettable family memories today!

Easy Breezy

The Daily Walking Tour departs every hour on the hour. It is the perfect casual family activity to get you out of the house and creating special memories together. See stalagmites and stalactites, a historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Down and Dirty

Adventurous families will love our Rocky Topper Tour. It departs at 1 p.m. CST. It’s an underground adventure with muddy passages, tight squeezes and cave crawling! Also, your kids will love our world-famous “Ladders in the Caverns.”

During Cumberland Caverns‘ Family Day, kids and adults of all ages can experience America’s Greatest Spelunking Adventure. Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with your loved ones!

Located less than 10 miles from McMinnville, Tn., Cumberland Caverns is a U.S. National Landmark.



New York Times features 2015 Bluegrass Underground Artist

New York Times – Press Play features, Robert Earl Keen, Happy Prisoner

Roberts Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner

Happy Prisoner

Robert Earl Keen is one of many amazing artists scheduled to perform live from the Volcano Room during Bluegrass Underground Season 5 PBS filming.

Keen’s new album, “Happy Prisoner,” finds itself featured in the New York Times Press Play, just days before the album is released on February 10, 2015.

As described by the New York Times, Press Play is,

“The place where New York Times debuts noteworthy new music.”

Each week you’ll find brand, exclusive music available to stream online ahead of the album’s release. The album, “Happy Prisoner,” features duets with Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and showcases both new and old bluegrass standards.

Keen is one example of many, high-caliber artists that perform in the Volcano Room each season. Take a look at some of the other artists scheduled for Season 5 below and be sure to check back often for the latest news and concert information.

Other artists featured during Season 5 Bluegrass Underground PBS filming include:

More information –

Robert Earl Keen
New York Times Press Play
Bluegrass Underground


4 Emmys awarded to Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Bluegrass Underground LIVE from the Volcano Room awarded 4 Emmys

Bluegrass Underground Wins 4 Emmys

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Recently nominated for 4 Emmys in the categories of Audio, Lighting, Technical Achievement and Entertainment, Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns took home all 4 Emmy® Awards for which they were nominated. The nominations and wins were awarded for the Season 3 PBS filming which takes place each year in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

Included in their Emmy® Award winning submission was Bluegrass Artist, Andrew Bird’s concert live from the Volcano Room in Cumberland Caverns.

  • Watch the 29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards presentation here.
  • See the 2015 artist lineup here

Visit the official Bluegrass Underground website here for more information and related merchandise.



Amazing Fudge at Cumberland Caverns

The Secret to Amazing Fudge…Waits Below!

When you think of Cumberland Caverns, you don’t typically think of a candy shop! However, as soon as you take your first bite of our amazing fudge, you’ll find out one more reason why we’re on the map!

Few people know the secret to amazing fudge, but here at Cumberland Caverns it’s a given! We make our fudge in a cave, literally. With the temperature at a constant 56 degrees and 99% humidity, the conditions, for creating this sweet treat, are absolutely perfect 365 days a year!

Fun Fact: Pictured above is Lewis Lamon, a man who knows the secret to amazing fudge and amazing adventures! Lewis and his father, Lewis Sr., discovered what is now known as “Lamon’s Loop” walking trail. This trail which you can now experience yourself, to both the Ten Acre Room and the Hall of the Mountain King.

Vacation Guide

Middle, Tennessee Area Vacation Resources

When planning a day trip or vacation to the Cumberland Caverns area, consider visiting our friends and neighbors in McMinnville and the surrounding area.


Area Music and Entertainment

Adventure Trips

Adventure enthusiasts bring your flashlight and an enthusiastic spirit.

Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns Adventure Trips

Our Spelunking Adventures will expand your imagination and caving experience through crawls and climbs, ladders and ledges, plus tight squeezes and muddy messes. Reservations are required for weekday visits. These tours must be booked at least 10 days in advance and require a minimum of 10 people per group.

View Adventure Trips! 


Birthday Parties

Birthday’s at Cumberland Caverns are more than just a party, they are an adventure!

Kids of all ages, adults too, can celebrate their special day and enjoy the sights and sounds of the cave. All Cave Party Packages feature a special candlelit tour into the Ten-Acre Room. It is an exciting moment when all the candles are blown out!

Each package includes a variety of options and choices, including an overnight stay! Choose the one that fits your schedule and budget. Contact us to make your reservation.

Make Your Reservation! 

Things To Know

Our staff will assist you in bringing party supplies, decorations, food, and presents into the party cave prior to guests’ arrival. We will then lead you and your group to the Volcano Room. Your personal cave guide will stay with you the entire time and, depending on the package you choose, guide your party through the Cumberland Caverns caving experience!

Cumberland Caverns is a most unique and memorable birthday party venue – at ANY age.  Our Cave Party Packages are appropriate for adult birthday parties and teenager birthdays too!

Christmas Toy Drive

Cumberland Caverns & Bluegrass Underground Team Up with Warren County Rescue Squad for Toy Drive to benefit kids in Warren County Christmas 2014.

The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas will be here before you know it. In the spirit of Christmas, Cumberland Caverns & Bluegrass Underground along with our friends at Warren County Rescue Squad are teaming up to help those within our community who are less fortunate.


Bringing Smiles To Children, One Toy At A Time!

You Can Help!

Whether you live in the Warren County community or you’re visiting the area, we encourage you to donate a new children’s toy valued at $5. or more.

You Can Win!

To show how much we appreciate your kindness and generosity, everyone who makes a donation will be entered to win our exclusive

3-Day Bluegrass Underground VIP Prize Pack

  • 3-Day VIP access for two to Bluegrass Underground taping at Cumberland Caverns March 27-29, 2015
  • Three nights lodging at the Bonnie Blue Inn Bed & Breakfast which includes breakfast for two each morning and dessert each evening.

How To Donate:

  • Purchase any children’s toy valued at $5. or more
  • Drop Off your toy at Cumberland Caverns located 1437 Cumberland Caverns Road, McMinnville, TN 37110
    *Cumberland Caverns is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Everyone who makes a donation will automatically be entered for a chance to win our amazing Bluegrass Underground VIP Prize Pack!

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Bluegrass Underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

*Winner does not have to be present to win.
**Void where prohibited.
***Prize pack has no cash value.