The Lost Sea Adventure
Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns. The caverns have been known and used since the days of the Cherokee Indians. Our Lost Sea adventure will begin with a guided tour of the caverns. This involves a ¾ mile round-trip walk on wide sloping pathways. The pathways can be steep in places. While touring, your guide will tell of the caverns’ exciting history, including how the Confederate soldiers mined the cave for saltpeter for the production of gun powder. They will also explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and rare formations.
At the bottom of the cave you will take a boat ride on The Lost Sea, America’s Largest Underground Lake. The lake covering more than 4 acres, is recognized by the U.S. Department of the interior as a Registered National Natural Landmark. This is due to the natural phenomenon of the lake as well as the abundance of a large collection of rare anthodites, more commonly known as “Cave Flowers”. Along with the boat ride and cavern tour you will experience an extra tour just for our group. We will explore an undeveloped section of the cave. This will add quite a bit of excitement. The lake is located 140 feet below the ground level, so coming up can be a more challenging. The temperature remains a pleasant 58 degrees. The tour can last up to 2.5 hours. After the tour, everyone will have about two hours on your own to check out the General Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Gem Mine, Glassblower and Nature Trails. - 7:45am meet at Dunham’s in Scottsboro - 8:35am – pickup in Fort Payne at Wal Mart - Arrive at The Lost Sea around 11am - Pizza lunch when we arrive - cheese or pepperoni & drink - Private Guided Tours begins at 12pm - Free time on your own after the tour to visit the shops and stores - Supper on your own around 5pm at Bradley’s Pit BBQ & Grill in Sweetwater, TN - Arrive back in Scottsboro/Fort Payne around 8:30pm ***NOTE**** - Not recommended for anyone with trouble walking - Closed toe shoes required – hiking shoes are best with good grip - The BONUS part of the tour requires each person to bring their own flashlight. Cell phones cannot be used. It must be a real flashlight. - Dark areas will require flashlights and calm demeanor. Anyone under 19 years old must remain with adult at all times. Small children often get scared during some parts of the tour due to the darkness. - Anyone with strollers or walkers will not be able to participate in the bonus tour of the undeveloped section of the cave due to the terrain not being flat. - Extra personal pan pizza can be ordered for $7 more $79 (age 13+) – individual ticket includes round trip transportation on modern coach bus with bathroom onboard. Movies/TV during drive time. Admission for the Cave Tour, Boat Tour and Undeveloped BONUS Tour at The Lost Sea Adventure. Personal pan pizza & drink for lunch. Bus bingo for prizes. $69 (12 & under) .