Explore the Timeless Beauty of
Bristol Caverns in Bristol TN
Bristol Caverns is one of the oldest and most beautiful attractions in northeast Tennessee. The Caverns are located at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain Region in Bristol, TN.
The remarkable caverns were carved by the ancient Underground River from the core of the earth some 200-400 million years ago. A strange and exciting experience awaits you far below the earth’s surface when you explore the beautiful and majestic Bristol Caverns. The paved and well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers as you tour the Caverns and its timeless beauty. The tour takes you to all three levels of the caverns – from Mayor Preston’s Chamber in the upper section to the winding banks of the Underground River 180 feet below on the cavern floor.
The Indians used the river in the frontier days. Retrace the paths of the warriors as you explore the vast rooms, columns, arches and the varying sizes and kinds of the natural stone formations. Along the Underground River, the beautiful formations reflect in the stream’s waters. Peer over Lover’s Leap, view the breathtaking Bridal Veil and Entrance Hall formations.
Concealed, indirect lighting highlights the natural colors and beauty of the formations. Millions of years old, the formations display rich veins of minerals, giving them beautiful colors of red, gray, blue, brown and sparkling white. Stalagmites and stalactites range in size from larger than tree trunks to smaller than straws. Some of the formations have grown together forming massive columns reaching from floor to ceiling in the lofty rooms.
Bristol Caverns is open year-round except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Guided tours leave the gift shop about every 20 minutes and last approximately one hour. Don’t forget your camera!
1157 Bristol Caverns Highway
Bristol, TN 37620