Some of the most fascinating geological formations in the North Carolina mountains are not above ground, but beneath the surface at Linville Caverns, located near Marion, NC. Over eons, incredible “rooms” and fanciful underground labyrinths have been carved in the subterranean rock by slowly moving groundwater.
Linville Caverns are located deep beneath Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley and have been the source of many mysteries and legends prior to their exploration. Stories of fish swimming out of the mountain led early curious explorers to discover the extensive caverns and underground streams in the 1800s.
Since their discovery, Linville Caverns have been the focus of extensive research on their geological composition, the biology of species living there, their history and the folklore that has grown up around them.
Today, Linville Caverns are privately owned and offer visitors a safe and comfortable trip into this spectacular subterranean world with level pathways, custom designed lighting and frequent guided tours.
Hours of Operation
Linville Caverns are open daily, March through November. In December and January, the caverns are open on weekends only. Hours vary by month. See the Linville Caverns website for a full listing of hours.
Seniors (ages 62 and older): $5.50
Children (ages 5-12): $5.00
Children under 5 years of age are admitted free with adult/senior admission.
Discounted rates are offered for groups of 25 or more paying customers.
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
From I-40, take Exit 85 to Marion, then follow US 221 north 23 miles to the Caverns. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, exit at Milepost 317.4 (marked Linville Falls Village) and head south on US 221 to the Caverns.