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My Trips:

My Blogspot Journal
2011 Trip @ Lakeshore Images
2012 Trip @ Lakeshore Images
2014 Trip @ Lakeshore Images

2015 Trip to Alaska
2015-16 Trip to the Southwest

A 2016 Visit To Cumberland Caverns, McMinnville, TN

Some other pages at this site:

Lower Antelope Canyon AZ
Upper Antelope Canyon, AZ
Arches National Park, UT
Bodie Ghost Town, CA
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Canyon de Chelly, AZ
Canyonlands National Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Devils Tower National Monument, WY
Glacier National Park, MT
Goblin Valley State Park, UT
Hanging Lake, CO
Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Mono Lake, CA
Mt Rainier National Park, WA
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
The Grand Tetons National Park, WY
Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yosemite National Park, CA

Zion National Park, UT

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Luray Caverns, VA
Jewel & Wind Cave, SD
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Caverns of Sonora, Sonora, TX
Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, NV

All photographs Copyright © 2016, Jon R. Vermilye


I'm on the way back East after spending the winter at Quartzsite, AZ and am currently in Tennessee. On my way to the campground I passed a sign for the Cumberland Caverns, so after setting up in the campground paid a visit to the caverns.

Cumberland Caverns is a fairly commercialized cave. In fact, they do blueglass concerts in one of the large rooms complete with a chandelier, drive automobiles inside the cave, and have bathrooms & a snack bar, even underground campsites (I assume for tents).

Still, there are some nice formations with decent lighting and an informative tour. I took the 1 1/2 hour walking tour for $20.52 with a AAA discount & tax - they have others that spend more time & do some crawling. It is one of the largest caves in Tennessee - over 22 miles long. While my tour was not too crowded - it was the guide & myself. The guide said that they were doing tours with 15 people every hour last week so it was a quiet period.

They use the Nissan Leaf to drive the performers for the concerts to the stage, and Jeeps to haul the equipment.

The Gift Shop A Still One of the Pools The Nissan Leaf
A Pool & Column A Cave Bat A Room The Concert Room
Cave Formations
An Underground Campsite The "Graveyard" The Bathrooms The Chandelier
The Bluegrass Stage      

A Large Room With Lighting (Large Version)


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