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Looking to see some of the Earth’s most spectacular, naturally forming creations? Visit the caves of the Linville Caverns and you will see some of the prettiest displays of nature in the entire Blue Ridge Mountains. The caverns themselves are located inside of Humpback Mountain, a large mountain found in the Linville Valley, located in between Linville North Carolina and Marion on US 221. The caverns contain several structures, including many stalactites and stalagmites, and the caverns are continually forming!

When you tour the Linville Caverns, you’ll follow the same trail that the caves’ first explorers followed nearly 200 years ago. Following a small stream of water, you will be taken through the caverns various “rooms” and learn about how the great structures were formed millions of years. The caverns formed as a result of water and carbon dioxide dissolving the limestone and dolomite that formed the mountain. Each room is available to photograph, however, visitors are asked not to touch the limestone and other parts of the caves as the oils from one’s hands can greatly effect the ecology of the still forming caverns. In addition to seeing the grand natural displays, visitors are also led to a bridge that overlooks a pool of water in the caverns. The mysterious pool is known as the Linville Caverns Bottomless pool as researchers and other scientists have tried to determine where the pool’s bottom actually lies. Divers explored the pool and were never able to reach the bottom, thus it is not known exactly how deep the pool really is.

The Linville Caverns are open daily from March 1st to November 30. We have provided a schedule of operating hours below. Guided tours leave every 10 to 15 minutes and tours last about 45 minutes. Tickets for adults cost $6.00, children ages 5 to 12 are $4.00, seniors aged 62 and over are $4.50 and children under 5 are admitted free. Visitors planning to tour the caverns should be advised that the caves year-round temperature generally rests at about 52 degrees, so even in warm summer months, you might want to bring a jacket along for the tour.

The Linville Caverns are just one of the many great Tourist Attractions in the NC Mountains. When you stay and play in Spruce Pine North Carolina you’ll be just a short distance from all of your favorite things to do and see in the NC Mountains like Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Orchard at Altapass, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, and Roan Mountain. Stay in Spruce Pine NC and browse listings of Spruce Pine NC Cabin Rentals to find deals and steals on lodging near Spruce Pine, Little Switzerland, Bakersville, and Linville. We have included information on topics such as Spruce Pine Restaurants and Spruce Pine Attractions in order to help you plan a stellar Trip to the NC Mountains.


19929 US Hwy 221  //  North Marion, NC 28752  //  800-419-0540


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