There are more than 8,000 caves registered in the state of Tennessee, but there are two things that make Forbidden Caverns very special. Here in Sevierville, the Forbidden Caverns are now a popular tourist destination, where guests can explore for an hour to see the natural chimneys, grottos, and the perfectly clear stream inside the caverns. But it’s what you’ll learn while you’re in the caverns that will impress.
Guided Tours through History
The Forbidden Caverns are well-lit, and have hand rails where they may be needed, so everyone can enjoy a trip through the caverns with their tour guide. Using special light effects, a sound system, and great storytelling, the tour guide will reveal the history of the Forbidden Caverns. The cave was originally used as winter shelter by the Eastern Woodland Indians in East Tennessee. An old legend tells that an Indian princess was lost in this “forbidden” mountain once, but that didn’t stop the moonshiners who came later. From the 1920s all the way till 1943, the cave was a place where moonshine was made and stored, making it a rich part of Tennessee history.
A Rare Natural Sight
While you tour the Forbidden Caverns, you’ll come across an extremely rare sight: the nation’s largest wall of rare cave onyx that is known to exist. Cave onyx is also called dripstones, and the cavern is also home to limited deposits of flint, which was used to make arrowheads and knives. There are also many unique calcite structures throughout the cavern. The cavern has been opened for public tours since the 1960s, and we still can’t get enough of the wonders of the Forbidden Caverns.
Visit Forbidden Caverns and Bring the Kids!
Kids love exploring new worlds, and there’s nothing quite as thrilling as feeling like you are discovering something for the first time. This is a great experience for the whole family. The parking is free, and there is plenty of room for buses and large vehicles. After your hour-long tour, you can visit the souvenir shop, buy refreshments, and enjoy the picnic pavilion. This would make a lovely way to beat the afternoon heat in Sevierville in the summer, because the cavern stays a cool 58 degrees all year round!
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Perfect in Spring, Summer, or Fall
Forbidden Caverns is open April through November, from 10 in the morning until 5 in the evening. They are closed on Sundays, and on Thanksgiving. After you’ve seen the amazing sights and heard the history of the caverns, you can explore some of the great attractions on the surface of the Smokies. Sevierville has plenty of other family fun activities to try out.