Linville Caverns, Marion
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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An interesting and informative 45 minute walk. Our tour guide was good telling us all about the beautiful rock formations and and the disappearing bats because of the White Nose disease. Pictures take... read more »
If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend you stop here for a visit, especially if you have kids. It's not everyday that you get to see the inside of a mountain. Our tour guide was knowledgeabl... read more »
Been twice. Way easier without a one year old but still fun. My parents took their dog- they called ahead but it's ok if a small dog that can be carried. Interesting info given during the tour.
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!
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.
we visited Linville caverns around 8/6/16, we were driving up from charleston to see grandfather Mtn, a place that both my wife and i had visited in our youth, on the way up we spotted a billboard for linville caverns. caverns being something i have always loved to explore. I forget our Guide's name but boy was he funny, he had a beard and referenced himself as someone who looks like they had been living in here like the deserters did back in the civil war, he communicated history to us in a comical fun way leaving you with a long lasting impression of its rich history. he warned us up ahead for those with claustrophobia to hang back, made sure we stayed in a group and were all having fun. My favorite encounter was when he showed us just how dark it is down there , then he showed us how much light the deserters had with their old fashioned lanterns. truly a memorable experience.
We loved it. Sad to see the bats and fish were gone but still cool to see! Had so much fun with the kids. Just wish they had better signs on how to get there
While on a vacation in Asheville I visited this cave site and sadly wasn't impressed. Cave is really not that interesting and the cave is extremely small. The guide was good and told some rather interesting stories about the cave which is why i give it three stars. I think I may be spoiled though as northern Alabama has Cathedral caverns which is undescribably good.
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