Mercer Caverns

Visitors enjoy the convenience of walkways and electric lighting. Cave tours last about 45 minutes. The cavern temperature is 55 degrees year-round. The tour covers about a quarter mile on walkways and stairs. There are a total of 440 steps, 208 down into the caverns and 232 up out of the caverns. Visitors descend a total of 160 vertical feet below the entrance.

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Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns is one of the most extensive known caves in Tennessee. Portions of this caving system were originally known as Higgenbotham Cave and Henshaw Cave. Considerable exploration of previously unseen sections along with integration of the two caves substantially enlarged the Caverns to the more than 32 miles that can be toured today.

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Limestone Caves

Learn About Caves!

Most caves are solutional caves, often called limestone caves for the common type of soluble rock in which they form. The caves form as groundwater dissolves quantities of soluble rock by seeping along joints and faults.

Cavern Kids

Educate your Students!

Many caves of the NCA offer educational programs to students, scout troops and more! Contact our Director for a list of caverns that offer these programs.

 

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