“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time.”
– T. S. Elliot

 Join River & Earth Adventures for an underground caving experience you will never forget! Explore this non-commercial cave (no sidewalks or electricity) with helmets, high power headlamps, and your imagination. Crawl through tunnels and walk through chambers formed over 550 million years ago! Your authentic caving experience will be unparalleled, light years above what you would experience in any commercial cave within hundreds of miles.

River & Earth Adventures is considered the leader in caving and spelunking in western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Why are we the best? We are the only outfitter in the country that has actual geologists on staff. Their primary responsibility is to train our staff on the geology of cave formation and local geology. We offer the best trip out there, period.

Now this is amazing!

It takes a speleothem (cave formation) about 100 years to grow one cubic inch! Now that’s slow growing!  Now imagine seeing formations over 60 feet tall and spanning nearly 200 feet. Wow!

The day begins with a 10am meet-up at our Elizabethtown Outpost.  We are usually in the cave anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Call now to reserve your spot! 1-866-411-RAFT

Year round activity!


This is a SUPER activity for the winter time! Cave trips run year round, seven days a week.

Our Rates

Our prices range between $45-$75 per person, depending on how many people are in your group. Ask about our group discounts!

This price includes top of the line equipment, expert guides (including an on-staff professional geologist), transportation, and a once in a lifetime experience.

What should I be prepared for physically?

This is authentic caving, and there are some things you will need to know before embarking on such an adventure. We compare some of the areas to be as challenging as climbing up onto your kitchen counter. Be prepared to walk over different ground surfaces such as mud, gravel, and shallow water.

About Worley’s Cave

caving_north_carolinaThis cave consists of over seven miles of large rooms and narrow passages. This is an ideal cave to get introduced to the interesting and adventurous world of caving. This trip is acceptable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Worleys’ cave, near Elizabethton, TN is one of the largest caves in our region.

Explore rooms like the Hobbit’s Hallway, the Fairy’s Ballroom, Tombstone, Giant’s Causeway, Thin Floor Room, the Hall of Masks, Base Camp, and the Bermuda Triangle. You will be in awe of the cave. This is a fun adventure! Bring your friends! We guarantee this will be one of the best experiences you will ever have.

Worley’s cave formed in 550 million year old limestone. As you trek through the cave you will be thoroughly educated and entertained by our knowledgeable guides. You will be introduced to the historical and geological significance of the caves as well as learn how they are a vital part of the ecosystem. Go spelunking with River & Earth Adventures and experience true adventure.

We also provide trips to 3 different caves that very in time, distance, and experience. Let us know your background so we can create the perfect experience. No experience is necessary!


What if I’m claustrophobic?

Are you claustrophobic? No need to worry; most of the rooms in the cave are big enough to contain a house. With the ceiling 80 feet above your head and rooms ¼ of a mile long you can really relax and enjoy yourself.


Call for details!

We also offer an awesome raft/cave one-day combo. Mix and match your adventures for multiple days of quality adventure and discounts. Call now! 1-866-411-RAFT




Posted on

May 21, 2014