Raccoon Mountain is a premier RV park and campground and is the highest rated in Tennessee. Located outside of Chattanooga, Raccoon Mountain is nationally recognized for their cave systems and spectacular mountain views.
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Raccoon Mountain was originally known as Mount Aetna and up until the late 1920’s was undeveloped. Local farmers would use the exposed limestone at the base of the mountain as a spot to cool off in the summer as cold air blew through the cracks. Leo Lambert visited in 1929 after he discovered Ruby Falls and found what became the Crystal Palace Room.
Lambert opened Tennessee Caverns to the public on June 28th, 1931 with the Lambert Tour which circled the Crystal Palace Room. 20 years later more cave rooms were discovered and the tour could be expanded and now reaches 5.5 miles with new discoveries being made still to this day.
The name of caves has changed several times and is now officially Raccoon Mountain since the early 1970’s. The campgrounds include full RV access with water and electricity, primitive camping as well as cabins.
There are 5.5 miles of caverns that have been discovered so far at Raccoon Mountain with 100% natural formations that can be experienced from lighted walkways. The caves are still geologically active and two different tours are offered.
Panning- Find rare gemstones, arrowheads and fossils by panning for them in front of the gift shop at Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Visitors have been excited to find genuine amethyst, quartz, sapphire, emeralds, citrine, and even ancient fossils! This educational and fun activity shows participants proper panning techniques and you take home everything you find in your bag. Different bags are available for purchase in the gift shop. The largest bag will include an Amethyst, fossils, arrow heads, and different gemstones.
Crystal Palace Tour- This 45- minute guided tour takes participants through the front of the cave and is one half mile long. Visitors will learn the history of the cave and how caves are formed. Expect to see wildlife such as bats and salamanders on the tour. The cave is 58 degrees all year round. Large groups can be accommodated with advanced reservations.
Wild Cave Expeditions- Participants are provided with helmets, protective gear, and lights before setting out on this adventurous and muddy tour that requires a lot of physical exertion, climbing and crawling. Participants explore the inner portions of the cave with a skilled guide that not many members of the general public get to see. Groups from 2-75 can be accommodated and age requirements vary depending on the specific expedition planned. There are also height requirements for some expeditions. More information about Wild Cave Expeditions can be found at www.wildcave.com
Staying on Raccoon Mountain
Raccoon Mountain was rated Chattanooga’s premier RV park and campground. There are four different way to camp at Raccoon Mountain.
Full Service RV Sites- Sites include city water, sewer, cable, and electricity and can accommodate class A motor homes or anyone desiring a large site. There are also slightly smaller lots available for standard size vehicles. All rates include up to 4 people. Some of the sites are shaded while others are not.
Water and Electric Sites- These sites are ideal for tent campers, vans and popups. They are shaded by mature trees, located near the pool and bath houses and nearly all the sites are back in. Several of the sites have sewer connections and there is a dump station for registered guests.
Primitive Sites- These sites are perfect for campers who want a quieter and more secluded experience but still want to have easy access to amenities such as a fire ring and picnic tables. Each site can host two tents and up to four people. The bathhouses and city water are within walking distance.
Cabins- There are nine cabins available for rent at raccoon Mountain that sleep 4-7 people. Photos of the cabins with policies and amenities are available on the website.
Pets are welcome at the Raccoon Mountain Campgrounds and RV Park however, there are restrictions on breed that can be found on the website and only service animals can be permitted in the camp store and gift shop and no animals are permitted in the cave systems.
There are rules pertaining to pets:
· Pets must be on leash
· Dogs must have a valid rabies tag displayed
· No pet waste can be on any site
· No pet can be left unattended for any amount of time outside on an RV
· Dog bites require contact to the Sherriff’s department and Health Department
319 West Hills Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37419, Phone: 423-821-9403
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