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   At the head of beautiful Linville Valley, Linville Caverns lie deep under Humpback Mountain. The caverns entrance is in a beautiful glade and they are open year-round. In the winter many of the skiers from various popular ski slopes in the Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock areas add a visit to Linville Caverns, “Inside the Mountain” as a delightful contrast to their skiing on the slopes above. The wondrous splendors deep inside Humpback Mountain were unknown to the white man until they were explored by H.E. Colton, an eastern Carolinian, and his local guide, Dave Franklin, more than one hundred years ago. The mysterious appearance of fish swimming out of the mountains led the explorers to probe deep into the mountain, following the underground stream through passage-ways and rooms whose ceilings when lit by torches “looked like the arch of some grand cathedral.” Linville Caverns have lighted smooth paths that take visitors deep into the innermost recesses. Courteous and experienced guides accompany each party through the caverns, point out the most interesting features and answer all questions.

Website: Linville Caverns
Marion, NC
Distance: 1 hour from Asheville
Address: 19929 US Highway 221 North,
Marion NC 28752
Telephone: 800-419-0540, 828-756-4171
Hours: Open year-round, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. June 1-Labor Day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; April, May, September, October: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; November-March: weekends only 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fees: Adult, senior and child rates, under five free
Allow: Two hours
Nearby: Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain, Horn in the West, Tweetsie Railroad, The Blowing Rock, Mast General Store, Ben Long Frescoes
Directions: Take Linville Falls exit on Blue Ridge Parkway and turn left on US 221. Caverns are 4 miles south of Linville on US 221 north of Marion. A faster route is I-40 from Asheville. Exit in Marion and take Hwy. 221 North.

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