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The Caverns, Pelham

#82 of 140 in Nature in Tennessee
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In Grundy County, Tennessee, in a timeless valley near the base of the Cumberland Plateau, you’ll find The Caverns—a jaw-dropping concert hall located deep underground. Guests revel in the prehistoric venue’s natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. What’s more, The Caverns is home to the Emmy-winning, PBS television series Bluegrass Underground. With a concert calendar that spans all genres of musical expression, The Caverns draws music fans from all over the world. Live music inside a cave, it’s a bucket list experience that keeps fans coming back to The Caverns time and again for “The Greatest Show Under Earth.”

Historically known as Big Mouth Cave to locals and cavers for its impressive, large archway entrance, experts believe humans have been using the cave to escape the heat, take refuge from rain and enjoy each others company for up to 25,000 years.

Today, The Caverns is a modern music venue with a padded chair seating capacity of 750, or up to 1,000 for standing-room only shows. What’s more, the cave is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lights, well-appointed restrooms, and delicious food and beverage concessions including craft beer and canned wine and cocktails. And thanks to the gentle slope of the room and its smooth concrete floor, the venue is accessible to music fans with mobility concerns or physical disabilities.

Down twisting country roads, the venue is located at 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, TN 37366 in a geographical sweet spot approximately 90 minutes from Nashville, TN, 60 minutes from Chattanooga, TN, and less than three hours from Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Knoxville, TN. Additionally, there’s much to explore in the surrounding Southeast Tennessee area, like Tennessee’s largest state park: South Cumberland State Park includes hiking trails, majestic waterfalls, world-class rock climbing and stunning overlooks. The surrounding communities of Monteagle, Tracy City and Sewanee offer local dining, shopping and historic sites surrounded by nature’s beauty.

For music fans planning a trip underground, The Caverns stays 56 degrees year-round with 91% humidity. It’s comfortable, but cool, and a light jacket and comfortable footwear are recommended. “Stay-and-Cave” packages are available with lodging and transportation to and from the venue. With shows from March through the end of the year and a wide variety of music programming, you’re sure to find a concert to inspire your underground musical adventure at
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  • Great day at the Caverns! Went on a tour and then went to a concert last night to see JJ Grey and Mofro! What an awesome venue and JJ was amazing! So unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. We had....  more
    Great day at the Caverns! Went on a tour and then went to a concert last night to see JJ Grey and Mofro! What an awesome venue and JJ was amazing! So unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. We had....  more »
  • We had a wonderful time doing the one hour tour which was perfect for us. We would love to go to an underground concert sometime because the cavern is so cool, in general and temperature wise. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun. An above ground concert would be great as well but it will be hot and humid at those shows this summer.
  • Really fun experience! Looked a little suspect pulling up. But the tour was great! Ben was nice and very informative. Impressive cave overall. Took about an hour. Definitely recommend if you're in the area. We drove over from Lynchburg.

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