Forbidden Caverns

Tennessee is known for its beauty above ground, but it’s also known for underground beauty as well. In fact, Tennessee has more than ten thousand documented caves, making it home to the most caves in the country. If you’re looking for unforgettable views, some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet, and an experience you can’t get any where else, then Forbidden Caverns is a must stop for you.


Descending several hundred feet below the surface, the caverns feature a crystal clear underground river, rock formations, the largest wall of cave onyx known to exist, and many more natural wonders. The guided tour includes the cave’s colorful history, from Native Americans to Moonshiners, that’s both fun and educational for all ages.




It’s your lucky day!


We know you’re lucky enough to be spending time in one of the most beautiful places in the country, but a little more good luck couldn’t hurt! While touring the caverns you may feel a cold drop of water fall on your neck. These drops are referred to as “Cave Kisses” and are reported to bring good luck. Need even more good luck? Before you conclude your tour, you’ll have the chance to see and touch the cave’s Lucky Fried Egg. Legend has it rubbing the formation will bring good luck.


What to expect

The cave temperature is 58 degrees year round. A light jacket is recommended.

Uneven terrain and small puddles often occur on the tour. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are recommended. The tour lasts approximately an hour and is considered moderately strenuous.

The caves are open seasonally (April through November) Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). The hours of operation are 10am – 6pm, with the last tour leaving at 5pm.


Ticket prices (including tax) are:
Adults – $16
Children – $10
Seniors – $15
(Bringing a group? Give the Caverns a call for pricing and tour information.)

While the cave’s natural terrain doesn’t allow for strollers or wheelchairs to join the tour, that doesn’t mean everyone in your group won’t have a good time! Forbidden Caverns
also hosts a wonderful Gift Shop that features locally crafted items. The friendly staff is also available to answer your questions and share their knowledge of the caves and the area with you.

Fun Fact!

The Cavern’s stream is supplied by a lake beneath English Mountain. The water supply is 54 degrees, pure, and safe to drink. In fact, the water fountain in the Gift Shop is supplied by the cave’s underground river. Make sure you try it! One of only two open caves in the area, Forbidden Caverns is a “Must Do” for those wanting a unique, Smoky Mountains experience. Guests of Willow Brook Lodge find themselves within minutes of Forbidden Caverns, just a short drive down Scenic Route 411 and you’re there! Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful views of English Mountain, Blowing Cave Mill and the English Mountain Trout Farm on the way.

Come as our guest. Leave as our family.