Linville Caverns, Marion

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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Marion vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This a bit small but well pretty everything my kids like vajar to the cueba and the prices in the shop are not very expensive we liked it very much
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  • I realize people bathe in perfume these days, but wearing it to tour caverns is more than a little rude. We could not get close enough to the tour guide because a woman was wearing a bottle of cheap p...  more »
  • This was a great place to stop and see caverns that were carved out by water. The slimy rock and crazy formation are a sight to see! The tour guide was very informative but too much for me. He kept te...  more »
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  • Very beautiful and Scenic Place. My son loves the zip lining. The tubing is great here because they have a lot of runs. If you're coming from out of town be careful on the roads driving up to this place if there's any snow on the ground. Overall Great Park with Gorgeous views.
  • I will start by saying that it was very cold outside and we had to wait in line for an hour and a half. That said said, the cavern was pretty amazing, the tour guide was upbeat and provided a lot of information and my family had a great time. A few tips: 1) Get there when they open to reduce your time in line and to find parking (this is limited). 2) Pay inside; this isn't very clear until you get to the cavern (in line for an hour), then there is a sign that says you need to go inside the store to pay. 2a) I would send one person in to pay and have everyone else get a spot in line. 3) Dress warm if you go in the winter.
  • Definitely a cool place. Our tour guide was very professional and seemed to care about the Caverns preservation. It's a little chilly on the tour and you may get a few drops of water on you. It's educational and interesting. The drive there is beautiful and slightly curvy, down hill the whole way there.
  • Great scenic, historic place to visit. Awesome gift shop with so much to choose from it's worth the stop. Prices are good and great stop for families. Tour guide was good at her job and explained things so the children of the group so they could understand. Highly recommended, will be going back again.
  • This place is a lot of fun. It's great to go to on hot days because the temperature in the caverns is steady regardless of the outdoor temperature. The natural structures are beautiful (don't touch them as it damages the natural stone). This isn't a place where you can explore freely as guided tours happen all day.

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