While staying in Gatlinburg we decided to go to these caverns, turned out to be an excellent decision. The cavers are a nature treasure, astonish formations, the underground river is remarkably beautiful, and the Silver Falls are gorgeous. Our guide was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic lady. Once we arrived to the great room she made us experiment the “absolute darkness” turning off all lights.. that was quite unique, so deep inside the earth and zero lights…, she then said “and this is when we negotiate the tips..” we all LOL.
The guide mentioned that all lights used are just standard lighting, they don’t need to use color or other special effects as some other cavers do, simply because the beauty of the cavern formations do not need any help. They are gorgeous by themselves.
I was with my husband and 2 girls, the younger is a 5 years old and all that climbing and walking was difficult for her at times. I would say that if you go with little ones the walk, ups and downs, stairs, distance and some areas without fences could be a challenge, it totally worst the effort though!. Enjoy and be prepared. I did and I do not regret, it is a lifetime cherished memory now.
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