BRAND NEW in 2023, this tour focuses on our HISTORY – Our early explorers, our founders story, caving history, conservation and more!
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. 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 line the full attention it deserves! If you are more interested in the ANIMALS and GEOLOGY of Cumberland Caverns, check out our all-new Discovery Walking Tour CLICK HERE.
Note: This shorter cave tour does not go to the back to see our light show and only sees our chandelier from ABOVE.
Please note that you must be checked-in for all tours a MINIMUM of 15 minutes ahead of tour departure time.
We HIGHLY recommend making advance reservations due to limited capacity. You must book online at least 2 hours prior to departure! Any remaining spots for tour times less than 2 hours away from departure can ONLY be purchased in person, 1st come, 1st served.