Visiting Linville Caverns

Since we were camping near Linville Caverns we decided to visit the cave on Saturday. It was a winding road heading up the mountain, and my 4wd Rav4 did very well for a small SUV.
My dad and I have visited a cave called Tum Jung in Vang Vieng Laos before, but this is our first time visiting a cave in the US.
Linville Caverns was opened for public touring in 1937. It was cold and dark inside the caverns. I didn’t have flash and had to shoot with high ISO 12800 inside the caverns.
This was once used as a fireplace.
We were not allowed to touch the rocks.  This is one of a few remaining active caverns, and the oil from our skin may cause damage to the rocks and prevent future growth.
The formation of the rocks look like a bride and groom.  It took me awhile to spot them, the groom was resting his head on the bride’s shoulder, hint lower right hand corner.
This part of the cave has a river underneath, and my dad was standing right on top of it.
We were allowed to touch this part of the cavern since they do not want the rocks to form anymore, and it’s very narrowed.  My dad touched the rock, and it was kind of slippery to the touch.  Also notice that the rocks turn grayish looking, the oil from our fingers must have changed the color.
This part is still active, and the rocks look quiet interesting.
The water drippings wet my camera, and I’m glad it’s waterproofing to some extend.
We saw 3 bats hanging at the cavern’s ceiling near the entrance.
I was surprised to see a big gift shop, my dad and sister were looking for souvenir items.
The homemade soaps were from my hometown, and I didn’t expect to see them in this part of town.
Outside my dad was admiring the mountain view, there’s no wolf in sight.
This is the reason why I don’t have many pictures of me.  Bo took this picture of Lee and I, and I had it set to auto focus for him. The background was focus, but not us.
I didn’t have my tripod and did the best I could to capture the slow moving of the water.
Lee was the only one that jumped for me, hopefully next time I’ll get all of them to jump.
All photos were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.


  1. At times it seem scary in those caves and yet you all seemed at home with the treasured returned with you. Thank you for sharing, I am not sister but thank you just the same.

    • Hi seule771, one great thing about the Internet is being able to share our photos and experiences and I’m thankful for all my readers. It’ll get too boring if it’s just my sisters reading. 🙂

  2. I’ve always wonder what it’s like to be inside a cave… if not for all the other tourists probably a little too creepy for me.

    Bo takes dreamy looking photo – where things are kind of a blur, except for the background. JK! Maybe you can bring tripod and set camera to automatic timer… this way you can be in more pictures. 🙂

    • cn, I have a remote control and only used it to shoot the moon several times, I need to use it more often. Some of the photos that he took were cleared, but I looked so frustrated and obvious in the photos that I was still talking (giving instruction) while he took the photo. I just give up.

      I’m not sure if my dad enjoyed the historic cave, he is not convinced that it’s made by nature and he thinks everything is man-made in there. I think he enjoyed the car ride going up there, and the gift shop more than the caverns touring.

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