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    Come explore the beautiful and majestic Bristol Caverns! Far below the earth’s surface, in the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns, a strange and exciting experience awaits you. Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.

    In the frontier days, Indians used the Underground River as an attack and escape route in their raids on settlers. Stealing into the area by way of the Underground River and the caverns, they swooped down on unsuspecting families, then disappeared as if swallowed up by the earth. You will be retracing the same warrior paths while exploring the vast rooms and arches, columns, and natural stone formations of varying size and kinds. These formations, millions of years old, display rich veins of minerals which give the formations beautiful colors of red, blue, gray, brown and sparkling white.

    Stalactites and stalagmites in Bristol Caverns, some larger than tree trunks and others smaller than straws, fascinate and give play to the imagination. Where some of these formation have grown together, massive columns have been formed reaching from the floor to the ceiling of the lofty rooms. With every view, nature’s artistry is at its best and can be seen in the remarkable tumbling cascades and billowing draperies – all of solid stone.

    Bristol Caverns is one of the oldest and most beautiful attractions in northeast Tennessee and has thrived as one of Bristol’s most visited tourist attractions. A modern system of concealed, indirect lighting highlights the natural colors and beauty of the formations for your enjoyment. The tours itself takes you to all three levels of the caverns – from Mayor Preston’s Chamber in the upper section to the winding banks of the Underground River 180 feet below on the cavern floor.

    Along the Underground River, you will be dazzled by dramatic displays of formations reflected in the streams waters. You can also peer over Lover’s Leap, view the breathtaking Bridal Veil formation and stare in wonder at the dazzling formations of Entrance Hall. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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    Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am-4:30 pm | Sun: 12:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Attraction Facilities:
    • Exhibits
    • Trails
    Additional Activities:

    Cave tours

  • Local Points of Interest
    Local RV Parks:

    Shadrak Campground, All American Campground, Bristol Campground, Earhart Campground, Rogers Gardens Campground, The Landing Campground at Bristol Speedway, RaceDay Center Campground, Lake Retreat RV Resort, Start Your Engine Campground, Hilltop Camping, Morrison Family Campground

    Local Restaurants:

    620 State Restaurant, Bloom Cafe and Listening Room, Borderline Billiards

    Local Shopping:

    Food City, Square Market, Bristol Health Food Store, Shop A Lot Wholesale Mart, Mercantile On State, Gaines Burke Tires & Services

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