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Mercer Caverns, Murphys

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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  • Have visited the other two caverns and decided it was time to visit the third one. The benefits is that it is only one mile from Murphy's and it give a tour every hour on the half-hour. So we arrived ...  read more »
  • Our guide was very personable and informative. The stories and education he provided made the tour a pleasure. Most people can handle the physical piece of the tour, I felt it was easier to go up the ...  read more »
  • At first we were skeptical whether the few negative reviews! I can only say... Jerry (the leader) in this cave, was not only very entertaining single he has plenty of humor and has equipped us with ample information to the last minute! We had rarely seen such an entertaining tour. I can recommend everyone who is close to here, to visit this cave.
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  • A lot of fun. Really cool. Tours go out on the hour. Tall people be ready to bend over for low hanging passages. The tour goes 16 stories down, so be ready for some cave stair master.
  • A great way to beat the summer heat, the key features of this cavern compared to others in the area are its location, its rock formations, and the short length of the tour. A nice stop on the way to or from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, this cavern is only about 5 minutes off of Highway 4. The ultra-thin sheets that make the "Angels Wings" and the "Cave Bacon" and the aragonite mineral deposits are real highlights. Tours depart on the :30s in the morning and on the hour in the afternoon and last about 45 minutes, quite a bit shorter than other tours. Our guide was friendly, and the demonstration of total cave darkness was a nice touch. There are no water features here, and not as many vast chambers as some other caves in the area, but we still enjoyed our time here. If anyone in your party can't handle the stairs, I would recommend leaving them in Murphys since there is no place to take refuge from the heat except for the cave itself.
  • This trip was very disappointing, the tour guide was very disrespectful and was annoyed that we took pictures during the tour. I would not recommend this place at all, don't waste your money or time. My experience was horrible, she pointed us out and made us go to the front of the line with her for no reason, like seriously we are grown individuals.
  • A fun 45-minute climb down into a limestone cave with flowstone cascades and stalagmites. Our guide was friendly, patient and knowledgeable, both about the rocks and the history of the place. You can take photos, but no bags are allowed in the cave. The steps can be a bit steep at times, but our group included a wide range of ages and all were fine. Bring a sweatshirt as it can get a cool.
  • Short and steep down and back tour of a neat little cavern system. The history is very interesting and there are some neat formations to check out. I wish they gave you more time to just look around a bit.
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