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This trip was very much worth the long drive. The caverns are commercialized so if you want more than just the standard walking tour but nothing too strenuous then this is definately it! Cumberland Caverns has 3 adventure options. I believe the caverns are also available for weddings and parties. There is an organ and large chandelier in the main area. I chose to spend the night in the cave. For ONLY $35 per person (plus tax) you will check in the evening of your stay and get a walking tour and information about the cave. The tour guide will tell you the history of the cave and talk about some of it's first explorers. There is a formation that's called Moby Dick, I guess it's suppose to look like a whale. Whatever, but there is another formation behind that I like to call Mopey Dick.
Then you have to crawl thru a box that is about 11" high and 18" wide in order to continue on to the wild portion of the tour. Some of the adult males in our group were not able to fit. For the wild tour you will be given a helmet with light. You can bring your own gear if you'd like. You definately need a helmet, I don't know how many times I smacked my head because I couldn't judge how much room I had. And it's recommended that you bring a flashlight and extra batteries, but we didn't even use it during the tour. Mostly the flishlight sticking out of my back pocket would catch on rocks while I was crawling.
Our tour guide, Stuart, was awsome! He did a great job, was well spoken, and animated. The employees of Cumberland Caverns are all very friendly. The overnight manager, Chris, made sure to take extra good care of us. We were the only 2 adult females in a group of 2 boy scout troops.
The caverns have snackshop where you can buy drinks and candy and nachos. And also bags of dirt so you can pan for gems in the water. There is running water with flushing toilets in the camping area of the cavern and electrical outlets. There are also showers outside, but it was way to cold for that. In the morning you will be served a complimentary breakfast. Sarah and I traded. I had the cereal and milk. And she had the orange juice and fruit. You are not allowed to bring your own snacks in due to the cave rats, just in case they crawl in your packs.