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Linville Caverns Marion

Where is it at?

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Linville Caverns
19929 US 221 North
Pisgah National Forest
Marion
NC
28752
Tel: 800-419-0540

Where are we going today?

Nature has some AMAZING wonders and surprises, and at Linville Caverns, the whole family can experience one of them!

These amazing caverns are the ONLY show cavern in the entire state! They are located in the High Country region, and is a perfect destination for the anyone in the family - no matter what age!

There is an incredible beauty to be explored - both inside AND outside the mountain! Did you know that the Linville Caverns were actually known to man for centuries? It wasn't until the 1800s that men on a fishing expedition came across fish swimming out of a rock, which led them to a small opening in the mountains.

Well, the rest is history, and now you have a fun activity for the family!

Of course, these caverns were formed over millions and millions of years, so it's a great way for kids to learn all about geology and the marvels of how nature can transform and create the planet to how we know it today. 

As you walk around, take your time and look at all the amazing formations that the cavern holds. From stalactites to stalagmites, and some you might not have ever heard of before. Be careful - they are very delicate!

The cavern is always 52 degrees, so no matter what the weather you will know what to expect! So grab those comfortable shoes, and those sweaters, and make sure you are ready for adventure at Linville Caverns! 

It’s a family underground adventure with your name on it! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$6 (ages 5 - 12)
  • Free Under: 5 years with an adult admission
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am open. Close between 4:30pm - 6pm depending on month.

Weekends only Dec - Feb. Daily rest of year.

Teachers corner

It's a great experience for kids, and they have group rates for 25 or more paying customers, so why not reserve your spot today! .

Any Top Tips?

There aren't any restrooms within the caverns, so make sure you go before the tour! .

Doing our bit

The caverns are all about keeping this wonder around for future families, so follow any regulations they have to ensure they can stay looked after .

Need a little extra help?

The caverns are actually one of the few that are partially wheelchair accessible! There is one step at the beginning, then a ramp, and then the walkway is quite level. .

Baby Facilities

Strollers aren't permitted due to the confined spaces, but the staff can look after them until you are finished on the tour.

Can I get one of those?

There is of course a shop! You can get disposable cameras, as well as fun gifts as a reminder of your tour! .

More information

Flash photography is allowed, but don't use external light sources like a spotlight if you are filming. .

What people are saying?

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    A really neat place to visit. The tour wasn't too long and the kids love it. Very spooky when they turned out the lights. A great way to spend the morning before lunch. Well worth the admission price.

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    If you’re vacationing or just in the mountains and within an hour of this place I would recommend that you visit it. Linville Caverns is the best cave tour in the area. There are also waterfalls nearby if you enjoy hiking. Be sure to bring a jacket as the caves are very cool, even in the summer. I try to get here every year or two and really enjoy the tours. You will likely spend 1 – 2 hours at the caves because you buy your ticket and wait for the next tour. The tour itself is around a half hour long, so keep in mind the wait times and do not...Read More

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    Great way to see a rare site! Be sure to look for Sqidward's nose. And watch out for lizards!! :)

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    It's something cool to see if you're in the area. Our kids enjoyed it. Our guide, Andrew, did a good job. Not too expensive.

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    Cavern? Not really. More like a hole in the ground that is unimpressive and bleak.
    Save your time and money and go to Luray or Carlsbad. NC is a joke from start to finish....

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by Len Raleigh

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If you’re vacationing or just in the mountains and within an hour of this place I would recommend that you visit it. Linville Caverns is the best cave tour in the area. There are also waterfalls nearby if you enjoy hiking. Be sure to bring a jacket as the caves are very cool, even in the summer. I try to get here every year or two and really enjoy the tours. You will likely spend 1 – 2 hours at the caves because you buy your ticket and wait for the next tour. The tour itself is around a half hour long, so keep in mind the wait times and do not show up 20 minutes before they close. There are very old formations in the caves, cracks that go deeper than have been measured, and a fault line overhead! Be careful of your camera equipment as there are a few places where water is dripping from above. Pricing is reasonable and well worth the cost. Highly recommended!

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