The Tuckaleechee Caverns have a rich history in both Indian legend and American history. It has been passed down that the Cherokee Indians knew about the caves and hid in them for protection and cover. The Cherokee Indians lived in this part of the country until the United States forced them to move west, to states like Oklahoma in 1840. This specific trip took place along with The Trail of Tears, some Indians however, refused to move and were granted land in North Carolina.
Tennessee is home to the most caves in America, it has over 8,000 registered caves. The Tuckaleechee Caverns offer guided tours giving visitors to Gatlinburg, a vacation hotspot, known as the gateway to the Smokey Mountains, a chance to see unique rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites.