Worley’s Cave

Useful Information

Location: Bluff City, near Bristol.
(36.456574420056455, -82.24165153037906)
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Guided Tour with overnight stay: Per Person USD 80.
Parking USD 5.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring caving equipment
Dimension: L=1,210 m.
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Worley’s Cave, Timber Ridge Road, E-mail:
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Worley’s Cave is a cave with a huge main passage and several side branches. It is used for cave trekking tours. A local operator offered cave trekking trips with bivouac inside the cave, but it seems he closed due to COVID-19. It is also possible to visit the cave without a guide, at least the main passage which does not require any stooping or crawling and is more or less level. The ground owner collects a parking fee of USD 5 and camping in the meadow is free. Theres a port-a-jon, a fire pit, deadwood in the forest you can use for free, and a creek to wash your equipment after the tour.

We generally recommend to do caving trips only with a guide. As this seems to be impossible at the moment we would recommend to contact the local grotto first. They might be able to provide some advice and probably a copy of the cave survey.