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Linville Caverns, Marion

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Cave Nature / Park
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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  • We enjoyed the interesting cave. It was very neat to see the formations and river running through the underground cave. It was also a good idea since the weather was rainy. A perfect adventure on a no...  more »
  • the tour takes about half an hour in this cozy cavern. the tour guide while very young did a nice job nothing fancy here but the cost is reasonable  more »
  • The caves are kind of magical feeling, but I'm drawn to subterranean places, so I expected to enjoy it. And I did! So did my family. The tour guides are taught to recite a particular diatribe and repe...  more »
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  • I'm giving this review 5 stars because of our tour guide, Theo, who was very knowledgeable, very passionate about his job, and, hell, I'll admit it, he was hot. I'm not gay, but, hey, gotta call it like it is, man. It was the first cave I've ever seen, so I don't have anything to compare it to, and there was a bit of a wait, but I thought it was cool.
  • Terrible experience. Guide told an entire group to go down a tight dead end and then told people there was somewhere to go. It was all my husband and I could do to stop people from pushing in on our 9 and 2 year old, all because the guide didn't even know the cave and wouldn't believe us that we were tight up against a wall. Just terrible. The kids were crying and freaked out and shame on this place for sending a such an unexpeiered guide down with people. Still sickening to think about.
  • Very cool experience. Bring a jacket for sure it is chilly in there. We did not see any bats, bummer. Postcards are cheaper here than other tourist places:)
  • My family never had the experience of visiting the Cavern. My husband is 70 went through 3 wars has a golden retriever for support due to Vietnam PTSD and three surgeries following thoughout His career His golden is always by his side everywhere he goes so he feels the comfort of his buddy.. Have always been welcomed at Resturants, Dept stores, Hotels or wherever we go and the staff is VERY impressed with his behavior Our Golden is and has always been very well trained and stays by his owner at all times never a problem. EXCEPT.... at this Cavern.. We were refused not by case by case, no questions asked only excepts service animals .. Granted I understand if the dog/ animal is unruly then it is the right of management to ask them to leave their premises but that choice was not given to us.. It is also not listed anywhere on the web page about emotional animals. So if you decide to take your emotional pet you can forget if you will be turned down..
  • Really cool caves and they don't charge an arm and a leg. They lose a star because I couldn't get a signal on the whole tour.