Sweetwater, Tennessee: The Lost SeaIt's been lost in a cave. See the class show cave by glass-bottomed boat. It's more of a lake than a sea, but it contains fish and helpful underwater lighting.
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America's largest underground lake, so big that the US Dept. of the Interior has designated it a Registered National Landmark. A guided walk through many interesting room (a former tavern and a bomb shelter) some of which are among the widest, highest and largest rooms of any cavern in the Southeast. Upon entering the lake room you will board large glass bottom boats and can observe some of the largest rainbow trout in the United States.[Diane West, 09/27/2001]
When I was in High School (from 1978 - 1982) my Explorer Scout trip used to take an annual trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. One of the many highlights of the trip was a visit to the Lost Sea Caverns located somewhere?? [Sweetwater] near Gatlinburg and the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. There we would "Sail the Lost Sea" on a little boat. The Lost Sea is apparently a huge underground lake, one of the largest in North America. (they say.) These freaky white, eyeless fish and salamanders lived there, and they had stocked the lake (I think) with trout. We actually spent the night in the "Ballroom" of the caverns. Apparently the Caverns had been a speakeasy during prohibition, and they used to have dances there. The caverns were also stocked with crackers and dry goods because it was a designated bomb shelter (as in atom bomb).
Being young and adventurous teens, we would take a guided spelunking tour of some of the hard-to-reach portions of the caverns. The highlight of the tour, (and you had to belly crawl through miles of red clay to see this) was a the footprint of a Pliocene (I think) era jaguar.[Carlene, 06/24/1998]