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Walking Tour

DISCOVERY walking tour

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Time: 90 Minutes


Group Size : Groups of 2+

This NEW tour focuses on wildlife, rocks, and all things nature!

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. This tour is a moderately-strenuous hike, including over 350 uneven, natural stone steps, steep hills and uneven ground, and 1.5 miles of hiking as your guide shares with you the facts about how caves form and the types of animals that call our cave home.

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 line the full attention it deserves! If you are more interested in the HISTORY of Cumberland Caverns, or think the 350 uneven steps on the Discovery may be a bit more strenuous than you can handle, check out our Cardwell Mountain History

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.

  • Person holding a railing within a cave
  • Interior of a cave with a lake
  • Mom and two kids smiling on the staircase

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

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


4 and Under: FREE
5-12 Years: $20.95
13 and Up: $28.95

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LANTERNS & LEGENDS Walking Tour Information

Let's keep it DARK and see the cave by LANTERN LIGHT ONLY just like the early explorers. NOT for those scared of the dark or spooky tales! Ages 13+ $29.95, Ages 8-12 $21.95.

Time: 90 Minutes

Age Requirement: 8+ years old

Group Size: Groups of 2+


A HISTORY-focused walking cave tour that is the easiest and shortest hike we offer. The floor will be steep and uneven in places, but no stairs! Ages 13+ $24.95, ages 5-12 $16.95, ages 4 & under Free

Time: 45 Minutes


Group Size: Groups of 2+

PRIVATE Discovery Walking Tour Information

The TRUE VIP walking tour of Cumberland Caverns. An EXCLUSIVE tour with only your clan! We schedule a special guide JUST FOR YOU so must be booked 10+ days in advance and is subject to availability.

Time: 105-120 Minutes


Group Size: 2+

*Private tour times will be decided at booking

All tours are non-refundable