The Lost Sea Adventure

140 Lost Sea Rd.
Sweetwater, TN 37874- Map It
(423) 337-6616

AAA Editor Notes

The Lost Sea Adventure is e. on SR 68, following signs to 140 Lost Sea Rd. This 4.5-acre underground lake, stocked with rainbow trout, is reached via a .75-mi. walk on sloping pathways and explored by glass-bottom boat. Rock and mineral deposits and cave flowers can be seen in Craighead Caverns. During the Civil War Confederate soldiers mined the caverns for saltpeter, a mineral used in gunpowder. Later, settlers stored food in the 58-degree-Fahrenheit cave. In the 1900s townsfolk created the Cavern Tavern, a natural party room. Old Sweetwater Village, across from the main entrance of Lost Sea, is a re-creation of an 18th-century village. Log cabins feature a general store, a blacksmith shop, a candy shop and craftsmen demonstrating such traditional skills as glassblowing. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 15 minutes minimum.
$18.95; $9.95 (ages 5-12).
Hours: Guided 75-minute cave tours daily 9-7, May-Aug. (also 7-8 p.m., in July); 9-6, Mar.-Apr. and Sept.-Oct.; 9-5, rest of year. Last tour begins 30 minutes before closing. Closed Christmas.