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.

Daily Walking Tours Feature:

Our Daily Walking Tours leave out every hour on the hour and are considered mildly strenuous. This tour does not require any crawling or climbing, but does consist of steps and steep inclines. Please wear comfortable, closed toe tennis or walking shoes/boots, and a light jacket is recommended if you are cold natured. The cave is a consistent 56 degrees with 99% humidity year round.

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
[su_spacer size=”15″]

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.


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


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.