The greater Chattanooga area, including parts of Alabama and Georgia, is home to more than 7,000 caves, all within an hour’s drive from downtown Chattanooga.
Cave tours are a perfect activity for hot or foul weather days, since cave temperatures stay at a constant 55 degrees. Walk through a commercial cavern or get down, muddy, and cruddy on a wild cave adventure.
Caverns and caves that are served by commercial outfitters are listed below.
Wild Caves are Fragile and Dangerous
The inexperienced should not enter any cave without proper equipment and guidance. Cave ecosystems are extremely fragile adn beginner blunders can quickly become life threatening emergencies.
White Nose Syndrome is Killing Southeastern Bats
White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that is killing North American bats, has arrived in TN, GA, and AL. In order to protect native bat species, some caves have been closed to the public and all cavers should use proper decontamination procedures.