Tuckaleechee Caverns Townsend Tennessee
The Tuckaleechee Caverns located in Townsend Tennessee, just minutes away from The Highland Manor Inn, are a must visit during your stay. If it’s your fist time visiting or you are a frequent visitor there is always something new and exciting to see.
Known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” The Cheerfullest Caverns are the highest rated Cave or Cavern of the Eastern United States. Carved inside the earth’s oldest mountain chain and estimated to be between twenty to thirty million years old, the caverns are a breathtaking sight meant for everyone to experience.
Tuckaleechee Caverns Tour
The tour is very entertaining and rich in history. The guides are friendly and welcoming and make frequent stops to explain the different formations, take pictures and video and even feel the water from the cold stream.
As you descend into the main part of the caverns you will notice a temperature drop as the air becomes very cool. Make sure to listen to the guide on your way down the steps, nothing difficult at all but don’t bump your head on a rock formation.
Some of our favorite features of the caverns are:
A Crystal clear stream that flows through the length of the caverns. This water is cold and pure
The Big Room which was discovered in 1954.
big room is more than 400 feet long, 300 feet across, and 150 feet deep. The Big Room has stalagmites up to 24 feet high look great in photos.
A 200-foot high waterfall called Silver Falls, which is a double waterfall. Its a lovely scene as the light, formations and water come together. Visitors have the opportunity to stop and look into a lighted upper room where the upper falls is located.
Touring the Tuckaleechee Caverns takes around an hour, but provides a lifetime of memories. After you finish the tour make sure to tip the guide for his time and make your way to the gift shop. The gift shop has lots of goodies for all of those friends and family members that were unable to make the Tuckaleechee Caverns trip this time.
The caverns should be at the top of your things to do list while visiting Townsend and staying with us at the Highland Manor Inn. Make sure to check the Tuckaleechee Caverns website for hours of operation.