Wow that’s breathtaking. I think my eyes would burn if I had to go there, though. The same way I always got headaches playing in Durotar in World of Warcraft.
By Vince O’Sullivan
Tuckaleechee Caverns -Townsend, Tennessee
The caverns were first opened to the public in 1931, but closed only a year later because of the Great Depression and lack of tourism dollars. A couple of friends spent four years carrying in hundred of tons of sand, gravel and concrete to build passageways and steps for the less adventurous tourists they anticipated receiving, and after working a variety of construction jobs to raise the necessary funds themselves, reopened the cave in 1953. By pure chance the Big Room, an enormous cavern in the middle of the system, was discovered only one year after the system reopened, by members of the National Speleological Society.
The Big Room is more than 400 feet long, 300 feet across, and 150 feet deep, according to Tuckaleechee’s official website. Stalagmites, those that grow from the floor toward the ceiling, reach up to 24 feet in the middle of the Big Room.
For more on the history of the Tuckaleechee Caverns visit atlasobscura.com