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Linville Caverns, Marion

(3.9/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Explore a network of caves and tunnels at Linville Caverns, the only privately owned site of its kind in the state. Head into this series of limestone recesses to explore their depths on a guided tour that includes some completely pitch-black sections and others populated by a wealth of stalactites and stalagmites. You'll wander along lit pathways and learn about the history of the caverns' formation, human discovery, lore, and mineral formations. If you're lucky, you may even see some of the resident trout that call the subterranean stream home. Using our world travel planner, Marion attractions like Linville Caverns can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I took my children, ages six and eight years old with my mother and we absolutely had such a wonderful time. I grew up about 6 miles below Linville Caverns and it's really such a BEAUTIFUL area. 
  • This was a great stop for the family on our trip through the mountains. A well lit cave with solid/stable pathways. The tour takes about 20 minutes or so once inside. There are rock formation, a sprin...  more »
  • This short tour is well worth the drive when you are in the general area of Boone/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk. The admission is $8 and the small tours leave about every 15 minutes. The history of the cave...  more »
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  • Our visit to the caverns was short, but sweet. The tour is guided and takes less than 20 minutes. We would have liked to spend more time exploring, but it was still fun. I'm a tall guy, and at times it was definitely cramped. Be warned if you are claustrophobic.
  • Very nice my children enjoyed it. I have been before as a child not at this one. I was very pleased to have let my children see this for themselves. The young lady that led our group was great. They have a great surprise for you. Are you afraid of the dark?. Let's just say I now know what dark is. The dark we see everyday is nothing compared to your surprise. Enjoy!
  • What a wonderful experience! I really enjoyed this trip and the only problem is that tours are very short in time so there's no plenty time for taking pictures. Other than that it was awesome to experience total darkness when the tour guide turned the lights off.
  • Fun little tour, pretty reasonable pricing, neat caverns. Super kid friendly, even for toddlers and babies. The surrounding area is lovely too!
  • It was a great experience. My guide was knowledgeable about the cave and made up little stories about some formations. Be warned now. If you want to take this tour and have kids that are afraid of the dark DO NOT take them. They shut the lights off at one point in the tour and one child went ballistic. Poor guy cried at least 45 minutes and it did take away from the tour since he was evidently scared by the tour and the guide became harder to hear. I felt more for his plight than the guide's though.