Linville Caverns North Carolina

Linville Caverns

Explore Linville Caverns

There’s so much to see and do when you visit North Carolina’s High Country. An attraction that should make your must-do list is a trip to Linville Caverns. Linville Caverns are the only show caverns in North Carolina. The whole family will love touring these jaw-dropping caverns filled with unique formations, an underground stream and so much more.

Linville Caverns History

After centuries of being unknown to man, Linville Caverns was first explored in the early 1800s by Henry E. Colton. Colton was on a fishing expedition when he saw fish swimming in and out of a rock formation. Through a small opening in the mountain he discovered trout swimming in an underground stream. In 1858, Colton wrote about his exploration in an issue of N.C. Presbyterian and described the “hidden world” in the mountain range.

In 1937, Linville Caverns opened to the public and has since seen a number of renovations to make the caverns safe for guests of all ages to tour.

About Linville Caverns

Located in Marion, North Carolina, at the southern gateway to the High Country, Linville Caverns is a wonderful place to take in the earth’s natural beauty. Follow the experienced guides into a subterranean world. As you tour the inside of Humpback Mountain, learn more about the history of Linville Caverns.

One of North Carolina’s natural wonders, Linville Caverns is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including trout, insects and bats, as well as rock formations and an underground stream known as “The Bottomless Pool.” The Bottomless Pool is over 250 feet deep.

Linville Caverns is well-lit and partially wheelchair accessible, allowing for a safe tour. Once you finish the 35-minute tour, be sure to visit the gift shop. Another great souvenir is a photo that you’ve captured inside of the caverns. Flash photography and videography is allowed.

Admission to Linville Caverns

Adults: $9 | Seniors (age 62 and older): $8 | Children (ages 5–12): $7 | Children under 5 are free

Discounted rates are offered to groups with 25 or more paying guests.

More Information about Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns is located at 19929 US-221, Marion, N.C.

Linville Caverns Pet Friendly

Pets are allowed at Linville Caverns, but must be held along the tour.


Linville Caverns’ hours change monthly.

January–February: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

March: Daily from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

April–May: Daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

June–August: Daily from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

September: Daily from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. through Labor Day, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. after Labor Day

October: Daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

November: Daily from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

December: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.