The Smoky Mountain region has long been considered one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. With one of the most magnanimous mountain ranges (with the famous steamy peaks), a plethora of rolling brooks and rivers, lush foliage and interesting wildlife, it’s an outdoor oasis that must land a spot on your bucket list!
That said, there is one natural feature of the area that may surprise you. Tennessee is home to more caves than any other part of the country. With over 8,000 registered caverns, this fun fact is a well kept Southern secret. If you’re heading out on a summer vacation in the Smokies, a trip to one of these famous sites may be in your near future. While there is no end to the things to do in the Smokies, a day trip to the Forbidden Caverns is worth the time.
So What are the Forbidden Caverns?
The Forbidden Caverns are located in Sevierville, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. The site is especially popular in the summer months as it offers a cool reprieve from the heat and humidity. The caves maintain a temperature around 58 degrees year round and visiting them is one of the best things to do in the Smokies.
When visiting the Forbidden Caverns, guests will be treated to an educational tour of the cavern that includes a comedic tour guide, information on the stalactite and stalagmite formations and history, access to several crystal grottos and a peek at the cave’s crystal clear stream. Guests are also awed by the wildlife that exists inside the caves. Bat sightings are fairly common and offer a unique experience for all guests.
The site also offers maps and handrails making the site easy to explore solo while still being accessible for guests of all ages. A gift shop ends your visit and is worth a stop. This experience is one you’ll definitely want to add to your list of things to do in the Smokies. It’s fun for the whole family!
Tickets to this popular attraction are quite affordable. An adult pass lands around $16, while children (ages 5-12) gain entrance for $10.00 and children under four enter for free! Traveling with grandma or grandpa? Save even more with the senior discount. The affordability and educational component of this experience is second to none and something to be enjoyed by the whole family. When on summer vacation in the Smokies, this is definitely one stop you won’t want to miss!
Need a Place to Stay While in the Smokies?
If you’re looking for the perfect homebase while on your summer vacation in the Smokies, Diamond Mountain Rentalshas something for you. Located close to the Forbidden Caverns and all of Gatlinburg’s best attractions, you’re bound to have the best summer vacation to date! Check out cabin selections like Black Bear Cove or Scenic Ridge and book your cabin today.