Field Trip of the Week: Linville Caverns

We wanted to get out at some point this week.  We decided it was too hot to go south to the zoo, so we looked to the mountains.  The kids are gearing up to start a block on geography with Sawyer focusing on NC and Sims focusing on Europe.  I think that our first field trip started the excitement of the upcoming block. 

Linville Caverns is in the NC mountains between Asheville and Boone.  The tour of the caverns is fairly short and sweet but chocked full of awesome and amazing information.  The kids awed at the amazing formations under the ground.  They could not believe that they were actually walking beneath the mountain.  The boys loved it-Sawyer and I liked the idea of it, but were not so sure of the small, tight spaces.  We went over stalactites and stalagmites, minerals in the rocks, ground water, fault lines, total darkness/the absence of light, and mountains.

From the caverns, we headed out to the Blue Ridge Parkway to Linville Falls,  The park has several hikes to the falls which are nicely paved and easy to follow.  We were hoping to find a swimming hole, but we took the wrong path.  Hiking was not on our agenda for the day, so we didn’t go far.  We did get to see another beautiful land/water form around the falls. 

      

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