Tuckaleechee Cove and Caverns – Townsend TN

Underground Attraction in the Smokies

Tuckaleechee Cove & Caverns – One of 700 Known Caverns in Tennessee

The Greatest Sight Under the Smokies

Planning a trip to the Smokies soon? Let us suggest a nature-based vacation that is not only stunning and awe-inspiring, but is also educational and full of historic significance. All it takes is a visit to Tuckaleechee Cove and Caverns. Located approximately 20 miles from traffic light #3 in Pigeon Forge at 825 Cavern Road in Townsend TN, the Tuckaleechee Cove and Caverns are sure to have something to excite all adventurers of every age.

Things to Do in Townsend TN

Family-Friendly Adventure

Tuckaleechee Cove, a Cherokee name meaning “peaceful, green place” is truly a sight to see. This scenic formation developed completely through natural geological processes over millions of years as forces pushed old rock layers on top of new rock layers. Eventually, through a long process of erosion and weathering, the Tuckaleechee Cove was formed. These majestic mountain valleys eventually became what we see today; beautiful valleys filled with a plethora of colors and teeming with wildlife. However, Tuckaleechee Cove is hiding a secret, one that will be the highlight of your vacation.

Hidden underneath Tuckaleechee Cove is a vast cave system known as Tuckaleechee Caverns. Formed in a geological process of water dripping and flowing underground for millions upon millions of years, these caverns have incredible historical value. According to legend, these caverns were originally used by Cherokee Indians to hide in until settlers of European descent discovered them in the 1850’s. These caverns were originally opened to the public in 1931, but that lasted only the one year as the Depression put a halt to all development of the cave. It wasn’t until 1954 that the caves were reopened by two men who used to play in the caves as children. Tuckaleechee Caverns have come a long way since then as many new rooms within the caverns have been discovered, and electrical lighting has been put in place for the convenience of those visiting. One of the rooms that were discovered in 1955, known as the “Big Room,” is over 400 feet high, 300 feet long and 150 feet deep with stalagmites that are over 24 feet high. The ceiling height of over 150 feet in the Big Room dwarfs even that of Kentucky’s Mammoth Caves! A room has even been opened recently that contains a double waterfall that spans over 200 feet! These are without a doubt an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Tuckaleechee Caverns, a part of Tuckaleechee Cove, is open seven days a week March 15-November 15. Cost of admission is $17 for adults, $8 for kids ages five to eleven, and free for kids four and under! Visit online at .

We hope you’ll make time for the trip to Townsend, whether it is to take in the green mountain valleys of Tuckaleechee Cove or to explore the caverns and let that adventurer inside of you free!

TN Cavern - Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend TN

Easy to Get to, Worth the Drive

Tuckaleechee Caverns
Web Site
Open Every Day
March 15-November 15
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March and November
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
825 Cavern Road
Townsend TN 37882
(865) 448-2274

After you visit Tuckaleechee Caverns,
you may want to see Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville too!

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