The Forbidden Caverns – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, Tennessee are the ultimate vacation destination for those looking to explore! These incredible underground caves offer many interesting features and have a rich, fulfilling history. This blog will provide a brief history of this Tennessee attraction and an overview of tour and pricing information.

Tennessee is home to more caves than any other place in America. With nearly 8,400 caves, these cool underground spots are frequented by cave explorers and spelunkers. Offering mild temperatures year-round, these balmy 58 degree caves are ideal for exploring any time of year.

The Forbidden Caverns were formed far before our time and were originally used by local Indians for shelter and water. The moonshiners took over around the early 1920’s, using the secret, well hidden location and ample supply of cool, flowing water to make their illegal brews.

A group of businessmen in 1964 were the first to show serious interest in making the cave open to the public. After three years of major excavation, renovation and safety features, the caverns had their grand opening in June of 1967.

Today, your 55 minute guided tour will take you through to explore the cave. With an impressive light show, flowing river, bats, salamanders and more, this cavern tour is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. The Forbidden Caverns feature many calcite formations and even the largest wall of cave onyx in the world.

The chilly temperatures lend themselves to jackets and real shoes, so come prepared for your guided tour. There are numerous stairs and a few inclines to climb and the ground may be a little wet, so closed-toe, tennis-type shoes are the best.

Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the tour is the part where they turn off the lights! Only briefly done briefly and when your tour group is stationary, turning off the lights in this cave will allow you to experience what total darkness is really like. You literally won’t be able to see your hand in front of your face – this is much different from the “darkness” of your bedroom at night!

The Forbidden Caverns are at home in Sevierville, Tennessee, about a 30 minute drive from the town of Pigeon Forge. Located at 455 Blowing Cave Road, tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets are $14 dollars for adults, $8 dollars for children 5 and 12, and children 4 and younger are free. Take advantage of the ample free parking and embark on your underground adventure!

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