Linville Caverns

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Marion, North Carolina

North Carolina's only commercial cave has been open for business since 1937. It can be a chilly, wet tour when there's water in the ground, but the moisture is necessary to replenish the caverns' Bottomless Pool with its three varieties of trout. "Custom-designed lighting allows you to appreciate the caverns' splendor." This includes formations such as Wedding Scene and Tobacco Leaves, a popular photo-op.

The caverns are also known for their population of bats.

Linville Caverns

Address:
19929 US 221 N., Marion, NC
Directions:
I-40 exit 85. Turn north toward Marion on Main St./US 221, then follow US 221 north for 24.5 miles. The Caverns entrance is on left, at the base of Humpback Mountain.
Hours:
Daily 9 am -6 pm, weekends only in winter. (Call to verify)
Phone:
828-756-4171
RA Rates:
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