Exploring the Underbelly of Eastern Tennessee
It’s official – we’ve finally buckled down to give you that final post from our summer adventures – featuring Tennessee! We didn’t spend a lot of time in Tennessee on this trip – in fact, we the only time we spent shooting in Tennessee was underneath it! Way back in 2009, we first visited Bristol Caverns, and we thought it was high time to make another visit. The cavern system was first discovered by the indigenous people of the region, and was used as both storage and refuge for the tribe’s raiding parties during the colonial period. Fast forward a few centuries, and the cave was equipped with concrete paths and steps – even a bridge – and opened to the public for regular tours.
On our visit, some 70 years after the first public tours began, we took the whole family along for our spelunking adventure. The caves, carved out of the Tennessee limestone, offer an easy way to explore the cavernous spaces and amazing formations, without having to squeeze through skinny spots or contort yourself into pretzel-like shapes to traverse the cave system. There are several sections open to the public via guided tour – with another section three times as large as the current area, being prepared for future tours. The cave even has a stream running through its lower depths, complete with sundry wildlife.
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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee