These Caves Near Nashville Are Like Entering Another World

We aren’t called ol’ Rocky Top for nothin’. We have the largest underground lake in the United States, as well as the largest number of caves in the state, PLUS the largest cave room. Needless to say, Tennessee is doing pretty dang good on the cave front. If you live in Nashville, we’ve put together a quick list of caves near Nashville that are within driving distance, just for YOU, you lucky thing you. Grab your bestie and plan a day trip – the time has come.

Have you visited any of these caves near Nashville? What was your experience? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Address: Historic Bell Witch Cave, 430 Keysburg Rd, Adams, TN 37010, USA
Address: Cumberland Caverns Road, Cumberland Caverns Rd, Tennessee 37110, USA
Address: Dunbar Cave State Park, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA
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Caves Near Nashville

June 22, 2022

What are some of the best Nashville-area caves to visit?  

With more than 10,000 caves in Tennessee, there are plenty in Nashville and in the surrounding area to check out ASAP. They are fascinating, beautiful, and mysterious, sometimes enticing hikers to come closer and then leaving them with more questions than they arrived with. Some of our favorite caves near Nashville include Kentucky’s amazing Mammoth Cave National Park, where you can explore an incredibly enormous, 420+ miles of underground cavern amazingness. It has the honor of being the largest known cave system in the world! It can be found just an hour and a half away from Nashville and makes for an amazing day (or longer) trip. Speaking of great day trips in Tennessee, another Nashville-area cave demands your attention as well. It’s Cumberland Caverns, an amazing cave system located just 85 miles away from the city.  

How many caves in Nashville are there?  

As we mentioned above, there are quite literally 10,000 known caves scattered all over the state of Tennessee. In fact, Tennessee is the cave capital of the United States, as no other states have quite as impressive a number of caverns. Notable caves in Tennessee include amazing gems like Craighead Caverns, which contains the single largest underground lake in the United States, and Tuckaleechee Caverns is world-famous for both its beauty and its closeness to the Great Smokies.  

Are there any caverns near Nashville worth adding to my bucket list? 

Absolutely! In fact, there are numerous caves all over the country worth adding to your bucket list, though most of the ones you add might just be in Tennessee anyway! Some of our favorite caverns near Nashville include amazing slices of geological wonder like the eerie-but-epic Bell Witch Cave, which is thought to be the “origin” of the infamous Bell Witch haunting. It might still be one of the most haunted places in Tennessee, and it just so happens to be a super-cool (and creepy) cave.  

Address: Historic Bell Witch Cave, 430 Keysburg Rd, Adams, TN 37010, USA
Address: Cumberland Caverns Road, Cumberland Caverns Rd, Tennessee 37110, USA
Address: Dunbar Cave State Park, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA