Caving Overnight in Smoky Mountains

Pack 825 Caving Overnight 2013
Join us in the Smoky Mountains as we explore a wild cave, take a boat ride across a cave lake, and sleep overnight in a large cavern with the bats (just kidding, no bats!)

November 15-16th we will be going on the Overnight Wild Cave Lost Sea Adventure Tour in Sweetwater, TN. Cost is $48pp (both adult and child) and includes dinner and breakfast.

The temperature in the cave is a constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit with 95% humidity, so please dress in layers.  Bring extra clothes as you WILL get muddy while exploring the cave!

We will be sleeping in a large cavern on the ground, so you'll need a ground cloth to protect your sleeping bag.  There are NO showers or wash basins, but there is a toilet, so bring wet wipes and drinking water.  There are bathroom facilities to wash and change clothes after we exit the cave in the morning.

We will meet at the caverns at 5PM sharp on Saturday evening for dinner, then enter the cave at 6PM.  We will exit the cave by 8AM the next morning for breakfast. THERE IS NO FIRE ALLOWED IN THE CAVE! 

What to Bring:
  • Headlamp/flashlight is REQUIRED PER PERSON.  Also, extra batteries
  • Old clothes for caving, layer with clean sweatpants and tee shirt for sleeping, clean socks, old shoes
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Ground cloth, sleeping bag, air mattress (optional)
  • Snacks
  • Water (no drinking water available in the cave)
  • Wet wipes
  • Bag for wet, dirty clothes
What Not to Bring
Do not bring excess baggage, as it is hard to carry into the cave. We will be going through the natural entrance and down over 100 steps to the campsite.  This is a moderately strenuous climb that requires a free hand for handrails, so we suggest you bring only what adults can carry with one hand and on their backs.  You may leave a change of clothes in your car for the next morning after washing up in the restrooms up top.

A Note on Travel
The Caving Overnight is in Sweetwater, TN - about a 6 hour drive from Chapel Hill.  We will be passing over the Great Smoky Mountains, and close by Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  There are numerous things to do nearby, if you would like to stop on your way back on Sunday.  Last year several of us went ziplining, indoor skydiving, visited the Titanic Museum, Ripley's Aquarium, and Wonderworks, to name a few.