Learn about ancient mysteries and Indian legends at this cavern that is one of the greatest natural attractions in the nation ... More
Learn about ancient mysteries and Indian legends at this cavern that is one of the greatest natural attractions in the nation and is open from April to November. The one hour walking tour through the caverns includes a sterophonic sound presentation, special lighting effects, sparkling formations, and towering natural chimneys.
Our family just got back from the Forbidden Caverns. We enjoyed the formations, however, the tour lasted only 30 min and not the full hour as expected. Does anyone know if the bats were alive? We wondered if there were dead bats glued to the wall. The whole story of the Indian Princess seemed a little hokey and far out. The tour was slightly overpriced. For a couple dollars more you can go on the boat ride at the Lost Sea Cavern. Overall, it was only okay, about 2.5 out of 5 stars.
You get to go on a tour of a live cavern (live because it is still changing due to water). They have light shows and some beautiful formations in the cavern. It was worth the trip and it wasn't very expensive.
This was my first ever trip to Gatlinburg. And while Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas have so MUCH to see and do, this little treasure is a MUST SEE! It can be pretty close quarters down there, but, it's such a great experience. If you get the chance to see it? DO!
The cave is owned and operated by local folks. I have been coming to East Tenn for thirty years. I went to the caverns for the first time this weekend. You think you have seen everything until you take the one hour tour. The rock formations are real cool. The tour does require a one half mile winding walk. The path is good and lighted ok. The cave goes 600 feet below the surface. There is a river flowing at the bottom of the cave. This is not a comerical tourist trap. Worth the time.
I've been to many cave tours throughout the years and this was by far the worst. It was still enjoyable. A lot of walking, so bring comfy shoes!
The good side is that it's a pretty set of caverns, good exercise, and it wasn't a crowded attraction.
The down side is that it was a fairly long drive (though the drive took us by the Bush's baked bean factory!) and the guide seemed bored retelling us the same old facts and explaining time and again the difference between stalagtites and stalagmites.
I like the tour very mutch, the guide was very funny. He tell the story of the forbidden caverns very good. A little tip on the back to the road 411, if hungry and like fish stop by the little resturant by the road, you can capture your own meal or let the owner do it, in the fishpond, the best grill trout I ever eat.
We went on vacation this past June to the Forbidden Caverns in Seiverville, TN and was greatly disappointed in the presentation. First off the audio presentation was very uninteresting to the children and not very accurate.
There is also a bare footprint in the cavern floor that the tour guide passed over as if it wasn't there and did not explain, where, why and how it got there as well as a few plant fossils, coal seam in the river, etc...
The tour lacked substance and scientific accuracy, and I would not recommend it to anyone.
This is a great place to visit while in Eastern Tennessee. It beats the heck out of the commercialized kiddie attractions & gift shops in town. It's a little better than Natural Bridge Caverns back home in Texas, because you get to explore a little more of the cave. Although, our tour guide was only about 14 years old & sounded like he was reading from a script the whole time. But, this is a fantastic sight none-the-less.
Charming, fairly isolated attraction that was wonderful as there just weren't that many people there! I used to live on English Mountain and would pass said caverns twice each day to and from work in Gatlinburg. When you live in a tourist trap, you never do all the things that are available to you. Now, 500 miles removed from East Tennessee, I return triumphantly to English Mountain to tour the cave.
Personable, friendly, down-home tour guide made the hour fly by, and we even saw a bat and a frog. A lot of the stalagmites look like phalluses, but the tour guide doesn't point that out. After all, this is a family-oriented area. Very well worth the menial admission price compared to other area "attractions."
Do check out Forbidden Caverns if for nothing else, to escape the throngs of humanity on the streets of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Plus, the drive to the top of English Mountain is stunning!
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