Exploring Beneath the Smokies

Forbidden Caverns near Pigeon Forge

Tennessee is home to over 8,350 caves, which makes it the state with the most caves in the entire United States! That’s a lot of caves to explore, but many aren’t ones you’d want to trek into with your family. If you want a fun cave experience that both kids and adults can enjoy, check out Forbidden Caverns in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Forbidden Caverns is located just minutes from our cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A tour at Forbidden Caverns will take visitors past sparkling formations, grottos, a stream, and natural chimneys. Throughout the caverns, trails feature lights and handrails for safe journeys, especially in spots where navigating can get a little tricky.

History of the Caverns
The caverns have served a wide range of purposes over the years. From shelter to ‘shining, they’ve played an important part in the history of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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 also has flint in it, which the Indians used to make scraping tools and arrowheads.

From the early 1920s to about 1943, the Forbidden Caverns cave was used by moonshine makers. The Forbidden Caverns were far enough off 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; after 3 years of development they were finally revealed.

Visiting Forbidden Caverns
If you’re looking for a break from the summer heat, a tour through the Forbidden Caverns will be a treat. Year-round, the caverns are 58 degrees inside, offering a cool way to experience the Smokies. Tours typically last just under an hour, and parking is free for visitors.

Stalactites, onyx, and cavern draperies can be seen in the Forbidden Caverns cave. And with unique lighting throughout, these natural wonders are enhanced, making the grottos really pop.

Forbidden Caverns
455 Blowing Cave Road
Sevierville, TN 37876

For more information, give them a call at (865) 453-5972. Or you can check their website to find updated operating hours and holidays.