The beautiful Linville Caverns were discovered by accident when in 1822 fishermen in the area noticed trout swimming out of the mountain. Further exploration led them to discover the passageway into the mountain. The millions of years of geological activity has made this a true wonderland.
Today a visit to the caverns take you over a quarter mile into Humpback Mountain. Your tour guide will tell you of the history of the caverns since they have been known to the 'white man'. Guides will point out many interesting formations. For six months during the winter time you can see the tiny Eastern Pipistrelle bats hanging from the ceiling. In the stream that the smooth path follows you can spot trout and even crayfish. The fish that live in the cave year round may become blind from never seeing the daylight. You may want a light jacket while in the cave as it maintains a constant temperature of 52 degrees year round. The whole family will enjoy the colors of the minerals running through the many stalactites and stalagmites.
The caverns are open all year round (only on weekends through the winter), and to quote a preschooler coming out as we went in 'that was fun, I want to go again'.
The Linville Caverns were very cool. There were actually little teeny tiny bats hanging from the ceiling. They were actually really cute. There was cave coral down there that was formed because the cave was once completely underwater. One of my favorite formations was called the 'wedding formation'. It was really cool. There is one part of the caverns that is really hard to get through if you have claustrophobia. In it is a pool of water that they called the bottomless pool. They don't know how deep it is, but they put a 250 foot cable down it and it didn't reach the bottom!
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