- 142 Ratings
Underground Cave Tour in Tennessee
Crawl, squeeze, and climb as you experience the natural beauty of the underground in this immersive cave exploration experience. Worley's Cave and its impressive formations and wildlife are perfect for cave explorers of all skill and experience levels.
What You Will Do
- Head into an ancient cave, where will you crawl and hike your way through with your guide, discovering the impressive nature within
- Experience chilly temperatures, muddy waters and rocky boulders that will keep you on your toes during the entire adventure
- Enjoy learning about caves as your professional guide takes you through the tour and explains the history of this impressive underground space
- See a variety of interesting and unique flow stone formations, brimstone dams and narrow rocks
- Cave tour with guide
- All equipment including helmet, headlamp, gloves, knee pads, day pack, water and snack
The cave can be chilly, damp and muddy, so wearing layers and hiking boots is recommended.
- 142 Ratings
Super Fun! This half-day outing one and a quarter hours north of Asheville, NC will entertain and educate. Mel and John are great guides who permitted our group of 10 to set it’s own pace throughout the experience. Helmet with headlamp, kneepads, gloves and a fanny pack for your provided water and snack are organized at their outpost. Showers on site - you will get dirty! Go Underground- it’s beautiful!
A true adventure! There is so much to see and learn, truly beautiful formations of many variations. The temperature was comfortable with just a t-shirt and long sleeve water repellent shirt on top. Our guides were engaging and knowledgeable. Thankfully they supplied water, snacks, gloves, knee pads. The only thing I wish I would have brought in addition would be elbow pads. You spend enough time crawling through tunnels using your arms to pull yourself along that they would have been helpful in preventing sore elbows. This is an adventure for those who don't mind getting dirty, really dirty. I highly recommend this trip!
Had a great time caving with this company! Went with a group of ten, Mel and Jon were great guides and offered a lot of history to the caves. Would definitely use them again and highly recommend them!
Wonderful experience! Very beautiful caverns and such great service. The tour guides definitely love their job!
Had an awesome time. Our guide was amazing and very patient. I'm a rather plump woman and did not feel rushed whatsoever when having to take my time in some places. A must do if you are in the area and want to get away from mainstream activities
Loved this guys Mel and Jon, Would do this again. Super fun!
My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. Mel and Jon were very knowledgeable and experienced. I've done caving and rock climbing before, but this was my wife's first experience into this world. This experience was enjoyable enough that my wife and I have already talked about joining a local rock climbing gym.
Jon was absolutely amazing for a tour guide. We can't wait to go back with him! He went above and beyond and took us to some really cool parts of the cave.
The professionalism and attentention given to my wife and myself was amazing. Jon was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the cave and surrounding area. We had a blast and learned in the process. We felt safe the entire time while doing things that was somewhat out of our comfort zone. This adventure is not something that many people get to experience in this manner. We couldn't have been more satisfied with our trip. Thank you!
My husband is experienced in caving where I had never been in anything other than a touristy cavern that you could walk out of as clean as you entered. We both had a wonderful time and enjoyed ourself throughout the entire trip. We were both challenged and were worn out when we finished but it was well worth the once in a life time experience. I would encourage anyone interested to book with this company as Jon and Jubil were so knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. The only thing I would have done differently is to wear a long sleeve or 3/4 length shirt because my elbows got a bit banged up from crawling as my tshirt didn't offer any protection, but I was nice a warm by the end from all of he activity. All our clothes we easily cleaned by spraying them off with a hose first then washing like normal.
We were a family of 12, ages ranging from 72-14. This experience was priceless. We were excited, exhilarated, and exhausted but are still talking about it. Great new experience for everyone!
Please see my previous post! This place is top notch!
This caving adventure expands one's senses to a different world that lies below the ground. It's a unique, muddy, physical adventure that 2 adults, a nine year old and a 14 year old had lots of fun sharing together. It was a confidence builder for the kids - they loved it.
The guides were very helpful and explained everything in detail.
- Mark Francis
It was lots of fun and the experience gave you the impression you were the very first person ever to see it. Brandon was an awesome guide, very professional and made safety concern number one with fun being a close second. Plus, you will learn a lot about how the caves were formed and what is was like in the far past. You'll get muddy and wet, but that is a big part of the charm, as when you exit the cave, you truly feel like you've explored sights never before seen. It's not so long that you feel trapped underground, yet long enough to feel like you had the total experience. The cave complex is keep pristine and clean of trash. Our guide was always looking to keep it that way. I respected that aspect of the tour. If you want to feel like a true spelunker for a few hours and not just a tourist on a walk through well-lit and dramatized tunnels, this is the one for you. If you made reservations and need to add more people at the last minute, I found them to be very accommodating. I could not recommend this trip enough. Mark from Germany
Guides were high energy and extremely informative. They were highly attentive to our safety and making this a fun trip. They provided an excellent balance of challenging the kids but without pressuring them. I have been recommending this tour to all our friends!
It was awesome... great adventure walking in an underground river and mud, slidding, crawling, we loved it! Mel and John are very friendly, we had fun with them and may even go back there sometimes!
Absolutely loved our leader and guides. We conquered a lot of fears, and goals with completing the trail. We loved every minute and learned so much history while in the cave. Very pleased with the safety measures our leads took and tips for traveling through the caves. Definitely worth every penny, it was a once in a lifetime experience. We shared lots of laughs and experienced so much. Will remember to bring hiking boots next time instead of tennis shoes. Very grateful to Appalachian Underground.
My friend and I had a great time. Brandon was an excellent guide. I will definitely do this again with other friends. I might not be able to talk my husband into it. He took one look at my Gopro footage and said no way. But I had an awesome good time. It was quite a workout. A bit sore the day after. Well worth the pain.
This was BY FAR my family's favorite part of our vacation! We went on the three mile caving experience and it was truly amazing! The cave had a multitude of different formations and staff was great in their ability to tell you about the different environmental and historical events that made the cave what it was today. While the hiking andc caving itself was awesome, it was the staff that made this trip over the top! I highly recommend using this local company full of people that are truly passionate about sharing this wonderful piece of nature with their customers!
An adventure like no other that we have ever experienced! Our guide, John, was wonderful! He is passionate about Worley's cave, very knowledgeable about the rock formations, history of the cave, geology and hydrology components. John shared so much during the hour slide, crawl and climb throughout the 3.5 hour hike. I am a 55+ female in average to above-average physical condition. While my technique traversing limestone formations, sliding down mud banks and slithering through rock holes may not have warranted a "10", I was able to do it and feel a good amount of pride in completing this adventure!
This was one of the best nature tours I have ever been on! We had a blast exploring the cave with our awesome guides, who were fun, smart and did an excellent job. : ) This was a great one of a kind experience I am so glad I took the chance to go on! I felt safe the whole time thanks to our experience and knowledgable guides, and we even did all the optional tight space routes and got super muddy! Bring extra clothes ;) . I'd recommend this to anyone who loves hiking and as sense of adventure looking to experience a different view of the mountains with a great group of folks.
My husband + I had a blast with Brandon our guide. He did an awesome job + we really enjoyed our time in the cave. It was a once in a lifetime experience
The guides were kind and professional, the gear was in good condition, the guide emphasized safety, we were provided with sufficient food and water, the route taken was interesting and fun, and the guide was knowledgeable on cave formations and ecology. I had caved before while at school at ASU and wanted to bring my kids and husband to share in the love and adventure I have for caving. I was more than satisfied with the experience and thank Appalachian Underground for such a great memory.
Awesome experience, awesome experience, educational and fun! Our guide was a character and had us laughing a lot. We were fully equipped with knee pads, helmet with headlamp, and a pack with water and a snack upon arriving. We got to walk through an underground river, see beautiful sparkling caves ceilings that resembled a starry sky. I wore a long sleeve T-shirt, sweatpants, and old tennis shoes with good grips. The temperature of the cave was pleasant, but would be a little chilly if not dressed appropriately.
Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. The cave was awesome. We will definitely go again. Best outing in a long time.
We had so much fun, the guides where very helpful and knowledgeable! I would recommend them to anyone, and we will look them up when we bring our sons back!
My Family recently went caving with Appalachian Underground and it exceeded our high expectations. The reviews we read were great, so we were hoping for a memorable experience, but what we got was the trip of a lifetime. My wife and I are fit and active, but she is a bit claustrophobic and I am just getting over a back injury, so we were a little concerned. That and we had four teenage girls with us... but we let them choose a mountain activity and they unanimously voted for caving. It was awesome! We felt safe... and... we were all sore the next day from the challenge. Caves a truly another world and we spent at least 3 1/2 hours and 3 1/2 miles underground with nothing but our headlamps and our amazing guides. We saw breathtaking formations, climbed, crawled and slopped our way into lasting memories and a sense of accomplishment. I am glad we went to goodwill and outfitted ourselves with some throwaway clothes and shoes... but I kept mine and the cleaned up just fine! Thank you Appalachian Underground.
This was our first experience caving and we had the best time ever! The guides were very knowledgable of the area and gave us a memorable time. We would love to do it again.
Brandon and Joe were excellent guides and always had our safety in mind. It was nice that you could choose to make the experience more challenging by going through the small tight spaces, or you could opt out of those and stay more in the open areas. The tour was definitely exciting and an experience I'm glad I had the chance to do. Just remember that this is "caving" and not just touring a cave so be prepared to get dirty, climb, slide, and get wet. So much fun!
We have a great time and highly knowledgeable guides
Great experience. Was more intense than expected and the guides were great in helping us though the cave.
We had a great time! I would recommend Appalachian Underground to anyone looking to have a unique adventure! The guides were very knowledgeable and really have a passion for what they do. Can't wait to go again. Thanks for the pictures