• Atlanta Northcutt

The Caverns to open new show cave

Updated: Jul 2

By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard

Jesse Sherman and Jett Urtubees admire the beauty of the Caverns.

Moon Taxi performing at the Caverns

(Photo courtesy of Joe Lurgio)

The Caverns is known for its underground concert experience, being recognized as one of the best music venues in the world by Buzzfeed. The Caverns is home to PBS’s Bluegrass Underground.

With the addition of the new cave tours, The Caverns will dig deeper from simply holding concerts to creating a daytime destination for underground adventures and expanding the opportunities for visitors to explore the majestic cave.

"This opening marks the first show cave to open in Tennessee in over 50 years! We’re excited to provide the public with a new natural tour showcasing the wonder and awe that only a select few skilled cavers have ever seen before,” said The Caverns owner, Todd Mayo. Beginning July 4th, guided cave tours will be offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of admission is $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. With a seven day advanced booking, The Caverns will also offer adventure cave tours for $130 and include t-shirts.

The guides will take guests deep inside The Caverns cave system. The Caverns is now accepting reservations for those wanting to be one of the first to explore the new show cave. Reservations to experience the new attraction can be placed through The Caverns website at thecaverns.com. Historically known as “Big Room Cave,” guided cave tours start in a natural cave room over three football fields long. "Big Room Cave" is one of the longest commercial cave rooms in the United States, and is now open to the general public for the first time. The tour will also intertwine geology, cave lore and the unique history of the area. The second portion of the guided tour will take guests inside The Caverns music venue to describe how the cave was developed for concerts, how underground concerts are produced and more information.

The tour ends on The Caverns iconic stage where guests can pose for photos where the many talented and well-known headlining artists have performed. Altogether, the experience is two tours for the price of one, lasting 45 minutes to one hour. “Since opening in 2018, The Caverns has attracted visitors from all over by celebrating what makes Tennessee unique—music and natural beauty. With the opening of The Caverns' new show cave, guests have all the more reason to visit us in Tennessee.” says Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Mark Ezell. The Caverns plans to see an exponential increase in annual attendance by offering the daily cave tours. School, church and other organized groups are welcome for tours and overnight adventures.

Presently, The Caverns hosts more than 50,000 visitors a year for concerts. Many attendees take advantage of the venue’s Stay & Cave Packages, which include VIP tickets, accommodations in either Monteagle or Manchester, ground transportation to and from the venue, meal vouchers, commemorative merchandise and a VIP liaison to enhance the concert experience even more. Creating unforgettable moments and memories is a core principle of The Caverns. However, as COVID-19 is taking place, the venue and its' staff members are committed to the Tennessee Pledge of responsibly opening and operating the tours.

The cave tour staff at The Caverns will follow all CDC recommendations, including cleaning practices and protective measures. In addition to the previous precautions being taken, the number of individuals allowed on the tours and the space between parties during the exploration will be limited to protect safety for all.

The tours allow the public to take advantage of the opportunity to get out of the house and explore the natural beauty at The Caverns.

The Caverns is located at the foot of Monteagle Mountain in the rolling green hills of Grundy County, Tennessee, and is just 10 minutes from Exit 127 on I-24 at 555 Charlie Roberts Rd. in Pelham, TN 37366. For more information or to make a reservation, visit thecaverns.com or call (931) 516-9724.

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