Tennessee is home to over 8,350 caves which makes it the state with the most caves in the entire United States. Forbidden Caverns is located just minutes from our cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Visitors can tour the caverns which feature sparkling formations, grottos, a stream, and natural chimneys. Forbidden Caverns Trails in the caverns are lighted and have handrails in spots where navigating can get a little tricky.
The Forbidden Caverns were once used as shelter for Indians during hunting trips. The shelter they provided during the winter was just what the Indians needed and the body of water inside the Forbidden Caverns served as a constant water source. The Forbidden Caverns cave has flint in it which the Indians used to make scraping tools and arrowheads.
From the early 1920’s to about 1943 the Forbidden Caverns cave was used by moonshine makers. The Forbidden Caverns were far enough off of the beaten path to provide the privacy the moonshiners needed to make the illegal substance. By 1964 plans were underway to open the Forbidden Caverns up to the public and after 3 years of development they were finally revealed.
Visiting the Forbidden Caverns is a treat. The Forbiden Caverns are always 58 degrees inside and tours usually last just under an hour. Parking is free for visitors. The Cavern operators have a souvenir shop and a refreshment stand for visitors as well.
Stalactites, onyx, and cavern draperies can be seen in the Forbidden Caverns cave. Lighting enhances these natural wonders and makes some of the Grottos really pop. Grotto names include Grotto of Evil Spirits and Grotto of the Dead.
The Forbidden Caverns are located at 455 Blowing Cave Rd. Sevierville, TN 37876. To contact the Forbidden Caverns call (865) 453-5972.
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