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Linville Caverns


Located at the southern gateway to western NC's High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The beauty of the mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain".

For centuries, the marvels of Linville Caverns were unknown to man. In the early 1800s a fishing expedition headed by Henry E. Colton, of eastern North Carolina, was astounded to see fish swimming in and out of what appeared to be solid rock. A small opening in the mountainous terrain allowed them to enter the subterranean recess that is still home to those native trout in an underground stream.

Linville Caverns was opened for public touring in 1937. Since that time many upgrades to the pathways and lighting system have enhanced the safe touring experience that now exists. Courteous and experienced guides take visitors into the subterranean world, giving them the history of the caverns and allowing them to view the grand work of nature.

, Blue Ridge Heritage Trail
, Blue Ridge Highway

A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Linville Caverns

The rainbow and brook trout who swim in the stream year round have evolved to be blind because of the constantly pitch-black environment.

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