Link between Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Caverns Discovered

Years of research, geology mapping, and manned exploration have finally paid off for two of the largest cave systems in America when late last month a long-speculated narrow tunnel revealed a connection between Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Native American folklore told of a great passageway connecting the north with the…

Cave Points: The Making of a Cave Pearl

  Do you know some caves make pearls? As defined by Wikipedia, a cave pearl is a small, usually spherical, speleothem (cave formation) found in limestone caves. Cave pearls are formed by a concretion of calcium salts that form concentric layers around a nucleus. Exposure to moving water polishes the surface of cave pearls, making…

Around the Mountain: Caves in Tennessee

Were you aware there are over 10K known caves in Tennessee? In fact, Tennessee boasts the highest number of caves in the U.S. with the majority running right down the middle of the state. For a natural earth cavity to qualify and be listed as a cave on the Tennessee Cave Survey database it must…

Spring has SPRUNG at Cumberland Caverns!

Are you looking for an out of the ordinary spring break destination this year? If so, Cumberland Caverns has the perfect getaway waiting for you just down the road in the heart of Middle Tennessee! Discovered in 1810 by legendary trailblazer Aaron Higgenbotham, Cumberland Caverns welcomes you and your family to join us on an…

Buster Ballard- The Hardest Working Dog in Tourism

Meet Buster Ballard, the hardest working dog in tourism. Buster is a native of Warren County and has spent his entire life exploring Cardwell Mountain and greeting guests as they arrive at Cumberland Caverns. Buster, the official cave concierge, loves to lead tourists on nature hikes across the mountain and is the perfect host to…