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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuckaleechee Caverns Ride 2018 (August 28, 2018)

On Tuesday we took a road trip to the Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, TN. The caverns first opened to the public in 1931 but closed because of the depression. The caves were then reopened in 1953 by W.E. "Bill" Vananda and Harry Myers after years of work to build steps and passageways.

The caverns are carved inside the earth's oldest mountain chain and estimated to be between twenty to thirty million years old. At one end of the tour you will find the "BigRoom" that is more than 400 feet long, 300 feet across, and 150 feet deep and could almost fit a football stadium inside it. The Big Room has stalagmites up to 24 feet high.

On the other half of the tour you get to view "SilverFalls". It falls 210 feet from top to bottom and is the tallest subterranean waterfall in the Eastern US . Millions of formations are viewed along the 1.25 mile round trip adventure.

 

 
Some of the formations in the cavern
 

The Bear rock shadow
Bear Rock
 
 
 
 
 
The "Big Room"
My wife and I in the "Big Room"
More of the "Big Room"
Silver Falls. It falls 210 feet from top to bottom
At the falls.
 

 

 
 
 

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