Cardwell Mountain History Tour

Time: 45 minutes Age Requirement: None

Group Size: Groups of 2+ Tour Time: NEW TOUR BEGINNING JANUARY 16, 2023! Tour Schedules Vary by Day- Click BOOK NOW to see a Calendar & Schedule of Tours*

NEW TOUR BEGINNING JANUARY 16 2023!!!


This one’s for the history hounds and curious cavers. You need a break without breaking a serious sweat.

Break up the monotony and travel into a different time through our underground time machine with the Cardwell Mountain History Tour at Cumberland Caverns. Open to any-aged explorer, this adventure features a 45 minute walking tour through our world 333 feet below. This NEW-to-2023 tour avoids all stairs and dives a little deeper into the historical aspects of our cave’s discovery and exploration.

Learn the heroic feats of those that discovered the “Meat Grinder”; who some of those early cave-exploring pioneers were;  how cave dirt holds the magic ingredient for gun power (saltpeter mining); and about our founder and the iconic chandelier he installed on the ceiling of our World-Famous Volcano Room.

If you have been to Cumberland Caverns before be prepared to be WOW’d with a brand new tour with MORE amazing information about our cave. This tour focuses on the history of our cave and the people who made it possible. The tour will not cover all aspects of Cumberland Caverns. We have so many stories to tell that we have developed additional tours to give each story justice!

Note: This shorter cave tour does not go to the back to see our light show. 

Tan Boot Prints

Physical Expectations:

0.75 miles

  • Rocky, dirt surface with a few uneven slopes to walk up and down. NO STAIRS!
  • No climbing or crawling on this walking tour
  • Not handicapped accessible.
  • Girl looking up at a stalagmite in the caverns
  • Tour guide talking to a family outside the Caverns

Tour Highlights:

  • Detailed History of Tennessee's largest Show Cave
  • Stalagmites and stalactites
  • The Neverending Waterfall
  • Top view of Historic Volcano Room featuring the famous chandelier from the Loews Metropolitan Theater in New York
  • Saltpeter mining & carbide lantern information

Tour Prices:

  • 4 and Under: FREE
  • 5-12 Years: $16.95
  • 13 and Up: $24.95
Discovery Walking Tour Badge

Discovery Walking Tour

Time: 90 minutes Age Requirement: None

Group Size: Groups of 2+ Tour Time: Tour Schedules Vary by Day- Click BOOK NOW to see a Calendar & Schedule of Tours*

NEW UPDATED TOUR BEGINNING JANUARY 2023!!!

This one’s for the day-trippers and the road warriors. Those who just want to get out – out of town, out of the car, and out into nature’s most spectacular wonders.

Break up all those “Are we there yets” with the Discovery Walking Tour at Cumberland Caverns. Open to any-aged explorer, this adventure features a 90 minute walking tour through our world 333 feet below.

Experience the wonder of the famous light show, the beauty of the Hall of the Mountain King, and learn all about the natural world of caves.

If you have been to Cumberland Caverns before be prepared to be WOW’d with a brand new tour with MORE amazing information about our cave. This tour focuses on the natural parts of our cave (wildlife, geology, formations and basic discovery story). This tour will not cover all aspects of Cumberland Caverns. We have so many stories to tell that we have developed additional tours to give each story justice!

Tan Boot Prints

Physical Expectations:

1.5 miles

  • Rocky, dirt surface with 350 uneven, natural stone steps and steep slopes to walk up and down
  • No climbing or crawling on this walking tour
  • Not handicapped accessible
  • Person holding a railing within a cave
  • Interior of a cave with a lake
  • Mom and two kids smiling on the staircase

Tour Highlights:

  • Stalagmites and stalactites
  • Tennessee's largest Show Cave
  • Hear AMAZING Cave Wildlife Facts
  • Cave Geology Basics
  • Stunning formations
  • The Neverending Waterfall
  • Hall of the Mountain King Light Show
  • Historic Volcano Room from top to bottom, featuring the famous chandelier from the Loews Metropolitan Theater in New York
  • Lamons Loop

Tour Prices:

  • 4 and Under: FREE
  • 5-12 Years: $18.95
  • 13 and Up: $26.95

Lanterns & Legends Tour

Time: 90 minutes Age Requirement: 5+ ONLY

Group Size: Groups of 2+ Tour Time: Last Tour of the Day on Select Days Only-Click BOOK NOW to see a Calendar & Schedule of Tours*

NEW TOUR BEGINNING March 5 2023!!!

This tour will venture into Cumberland Caverns purely by lantern light!  Experience TRUE darkness, recreate the effect that gave the Volcano Room it’s name, learn about the tales of early explorers including some spine-tingling tales of past cave explorers, learn about the science of the dark and see Cumberland Caverns in a whole new light.

The Lanterns & Legends is only offered on certain days as the last tour of the day.

Tan Boot Prints

Physical Expectations:

1.25

  • Rocky, dirt surface with uneven slopes & stairs to walk up and down.
  • Low-light experience by lantern only.
  • No climbing or crawling on this walking tour
  • Not handicapped accessible.
  • Person hiking down rocks within the caverns
  • Person looking up at a rock formation in the caverns

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience TOTAL darkness
  • The 10 Acre Room
  • Goosebumps-inducing stories of past cave explorers
  • The SCIENCE of the DARK
  • Recreate the light effect that gave the WORLD FAMOUS Volcano Room it's name

Tour Prices:

  • 5-12 Years: $20.95
  • 13 and Up: $28.95
Private Discovery Walking Tour Badge

Private Discovery Walking Tour

Time: 105-120 MINUTES Age Requirement: None

Group Size: 2+ Tour Time: Book Below*

Discovery Walking Tour – but make it exclusive.

Bring your family and friends for a private VIP tour through Cumberland Caverns. A guide will take you and your group through the cavern on a Discovery Walking Tour with an added bonus — a trip back to the end of the 10-acre room to see the Devil’s Quarry by lantern light.

Guests on this extended tour will experience sights and discoveries previously reserved for adventure customers only.

No worries — you won’t be doing any crawling or climbing on this tour, but you will learn and see more than ever before on your private tour of the cavern.

MINIMUM 10-DAY ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED!

Tan Boot Prints

Physical Expectations:

1.5 miles

  • Rocky, dirt surface with steps and slopes to walk up and down
  • No climbing or crawling on this walking tour
  • Not handicapped accessible
  • Tour guide talking to a family outside the Caverns
  • Two kids pointing at stalactites inside the caverns
  • Kids Pointing at Stalactite in Cave

Tour Highlights:

  • Stalagmites and stalactites
  • Tennessee’s largest Show Cave
  • Lantern-lit tour extension
  • Stunning formations
  • The Neverending Waterfall
  • Hall of the Mountain King Light Show
  • Historic Volcano Room featuring the famous chandelier from the Loews Metropolitan Theater in New York

Tour Prices:

  • 4 and Under: FREE
  • 5-12 Years: $25.00
  • 12 and Up: $45.00
  • 10-day advance booking needed.

*Private tour times will be decided at booking.


All tours are non-refundable.