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Bristol Caverns

Bristol Caverns in TennesseeBristol Caverns offers an adventure into one of the oldest and most beautiful natural attractions in northeast Tennessee.  The cave tour winds you through all three levels of the caverns on paved, well lighted walkways.  You will walk along the ancient paths that raiding Indians used as a subterranean escape route. 

A member of the National Caves Association, Bristol Caverns has plenty to see.


  • The underground river
  • Stalactites and Stalagmites
  • Massive stone arches and columns
  • Natural Stone formations millions of years old

Photography is allowed, so be sure to bring a camera. Group rates are available for schools, church groups, scout groups, and organizations.

The cave tour runs about an hour long, so be sure to plan enough time for your visit.

In addition to touring the caverns, you can also go panning for gems

Gemstone Panning at Bristol Caverns

It’s fun, easy, and best of all, you will find several gemstones to take home. 

  • Empty your bag of mining ore into a tray.
  • Dipping your tray into the water and remove all sand and dirt.
  • Pick out your gemstones.

Each bag of ore is different.  You could find Rubies, Emeralds, Jaspers, Obsidian, Pyrite, and many others types of gemstones!

Before you end your day at Bristol Caverns, be sure to visit the gift shop.  It has a wide variety of gift and souvenir items including rocks, geodes, and a wide selection of onyx.  Any of these items would make a great keepsake to remember your day at Bristol Caverns in Bristol, Tennessee.

Find out more about Bristol Caverns by visiting their website at



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