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Adventure Tour

Higgenbotham’s Hollow

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Time: 3-4 Hours

Age Requirement: 11+

Group Size : Groups of 2+

On Higgenbotham’s Hollow, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Aaron Higgenbotham, the first human to encounter the 25-foot drop into the original skylight entrance of the cave.

You’ll hike a mile through the woods to squeeze through tight passageways, feel the pop of the mud against your rubber sole on Bubblegum Alley, and traverse high-ladder climbs to places you’ve never seen before.

Just be sure your headlight battery is fully charged so as not to recreate Higgenbotham’s three-day survival in total darkness.

We HIGHLY recommend making advance reservations due to limited capacity. You must book online or in person at least 2 hours prior to departure! This tour requires reading a detailed description of the activity, signing a liability waiver release, and having the correct clothing/equipment, so planning ahead is critical. Adventure tours are not eligible for group discounts due to limited capacity. Adventure tours are not eligible for group discounts due to limited capacity.

  • Group of kids walking through a narrow passageway on a hike through the caverns
  • Person standing in the caverns with a lamp on
  • Person on a hiking tour standing and looking out at lit up rock formations

Physical Expectations

3 Miles
  • One-mile hike through woods to HISTORIC cave entrance- a through trip!
  • High-ladder climbs (up to 20 feet)
  • Narrow passageways, tight squeezes, (12″x33″ squeeze!) and cave crawling
  • Gloves, sturdy hiking shoes and long pants REQUIRED!

Tour Highlights:

  • Historic cave entrance
  • Cave skylight
  • Grand formations
  • Faint Hill
  • The ledge where Aaron Higgenbotham spent three frightful days and nights
  • Experience the famous Birth Canal and Bubblegum Alley


Adventure Tour: $68 per person
Private Tour: $98 per person (Private adventure tours only available weekdays, and must be booked over phone)

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*Subject to availability.  Must call the reserve at least 10 days in advance

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All tours are non-refundable