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Worley's Cave, Bluff City

#68 of 137 in Nature in Tennessee
Cave · Nature / Park
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  • We had a great time in Worley's cave with John as our tour guide. He showed us all the cool crawl spaces and Cave formations. Thank you for the experience!  more »
  • Me and my boyfriend planned a trip for Worley’s cave through USARaft we got there and waited for a while but we called and found out that our trip had not been processed so our guide John wasn’t...  more »
  • First time cave adventurers here (but very active individuals: climb, scuba, camp...)! We had so much fun at Worley's Cave!! To get to the cave, you drive through and park on private property. Pay the old man who lives there $8 per person for access. There is a clipboard on his front porch with a waiver and instructions. There is camping available on the land outside the cave, or you can camp inside the cave. Once you park, you will walk downhill for 100 meters or so until you see the opening of the cave. There are two openings, the top one was blocked when we went, but not sure that it always is. When you walk into the cave, you will quickly feel the temperature drop. It's about 55 degrees in there- dress accordingly. The opening we went through immediately takes you inside where there is a small river/stream that runs through the length of the cave. You will HAVE to walk through water. You WILL get wet. Mid-calf to thigh height. Follow the river into the cave. If you keep going straight, the cave will end. You'll need to find an offshoot path on the right side, a bit before the end, to continue deeper into the cave. It's about a 25-30 min walk to that spot, give or take. This spot is up, towards the right. You'll climb upwards into a cavity where you'll feel the temp get a little warmer. From here, there's a small tunnel you need to crawl through. It'll involve laying on your stomach and crawling for about ten meters. This takes you to another large opening and plenty more cave to explore. From here, there seem to be a few different routes, but we're not exactly sure. Pay close attention to your directions. There are a few spray painted markers on the walls (arrows, P = ?, o = ?, x = dead end). We think next time we go on a cave adventure, we will take some sort of removable marker to help us track our location (drop breadcrumbs?? lol). Overall, we spent about 4 hours exploring the cave. We crawled through a few small offshoots. We did not go all the way through the cave (we turned around after we changed batteries in our flashlights). Recommended packing: headlamps, flashlight, extra batteries (don't forget this- it's a cave, so it's pitch black without light!!!), water, sturdy sneakers/boots with some sort of grip. A rope/ tow line was super helpful at one point when we tried to get back up a slippery slope we slid down. Bring towel, extra shoes, socks, cloths for the drive home afterwards. You will be covered in mud :)
  • Cool place to go for caving enthusiasts. Around 8 bucks per car, must sign a waiver. Upper and lower cave access.

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