If you haven't seen it yet, there is an excellent TV/dvd program out on Discovery called Planet Earth. They have amazing footage of caves, ice worlds, oceans, mountains, deserts... all over the world.
They inspired me to do a little research into caves. As it turns out Tennessee has more caves than any other state in the nation with about 8,000+. I had no idea. I started trying to find out where all these caves are. A lot are in the eastern areas of Tennessee. In my blogs about certain areas of the South, I plan to include some information about Tennessee cave attractions. Here's the first spot on the tour.
1157 Bristol Caverns Hwy
Bristol, TN 37621
Map to Bristol Caverns with Google
Here's an excerpt from their web site - www.BristolCaverns.com
Far below the earth's surface, in the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns, a strange and exciting experience awaits you. Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago. In the frontier days, Indians used the Underground River as an attack and escape route in their raids on settlers. Stealing into the area by way of the Underground River and the caverns, they swooped down on unsuspecting families, then disappeared as if swallowed up by the earth.
They are open year round are are next to the Smoky Mountains. Sound like it would make for a fun trip.
Has anyone been to Bristol Caverns or one of the other 8,000 caves in Tennessee?