Things to Know When Planning a Caving Trip

Helmets and helmet lights are distributed upon entering the cave. Everyone takes a test crawl through “The Box” before each adventure. 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.

Adventure Trips Feature:

  • Hiking through “wild” portions of the cave
  • Climbing ladders
  • Climbing over rocks
  • Crawling on your hands and knees (some belly crawling)
  • Sloshing through mud in Bubble Gum Alley

What to Wear

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 a sweatshirt usually work best. All explorers are required to wear lace up shoes or boots.

Reservations

Advance reservations with payment are required at least 10 days in advance. All participants must sign a release form.

Operating Hours

Cumberland Caverns is open year round with the exception of the following holidays and special events:

  • Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Thanksgiving Day
  • Open after 1 PM (CST) on Easter
  • Closed on March 24, 25 & 26, 2017

CAUTION STATEMENT

DO participate in these spelunking adventures if you have a sense of adventure, a thrill seeking condition, and a need for physical activity.

DO NOT participate in these spelunking adventure tours if you have heart or respiratory condition, knee or back problems.