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Mercer Caverns, Murphys

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  • Thought the cavern was beautiful, from the entrance to the exit. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer questions thrown her way. Great story behind the discovery of the cave.  more »
  • Cool place for an hour or so. Interesting how the cavern came about. Some steps not wheelchair accessible.  more »
  • If you're claustrophobic this likely isn't for you. Having said that I did have a couple of episodes of MILD anxiety but I'm really glad I did this tour. The caverns are amazing/spectacular and you wi...  more »
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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.
  • This was an unplanned detour to a trip. It was fun and ate up a few hours. Educational and a relaxed little adventure.
  • 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.