Raccoon Mountain Caverns is one of Tennessee’s highest rated caves and is located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can explore the vast cave system, pan for gemstones, or simply take in the views of both Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain.
Back in 1896 people were quoted to say, “The most peculiar cave I ever saw is on Raccoon Mountain, near Chattanooga.” It had not been explored, and no one really knew whether or not it was much of a cave. The Indians had several legends concerning it, and not many folks had even entered it.
The Indians said it was haunted, and there were some gruesome tales told about it. The only opening known in 1896 was on top of the mountain. Explorers tried to find a bottom to the chamber through the roof near the opening. There was a constant roaring sound—like the wind sometimes makes on a cold, dark night. It did not seem like water, and was undoubtedly caused by air circulating in the immense hole in the mountain. There were no volcanic indications, and the cave was a puzzle to geologists.
The cave system consists of over 5.5 miles of explored and mapped passageways with new discoveries still being made. The caverns are located just 1.3 miles off Interstate 24 (exit #174—Lookout Valley) along US 41.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
319 W Hills Drive
Chattanooga TN 37419
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