Scenic USA - North Carolina

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Linville Gorge

Linville Gorge and Falls

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     A 2,000 foot deep canyon on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers strong evidence of the awesome power of the Linville River. Hemmed in by Jonas Ridge and the Linville Mountains, the 12 mile gorge was the first wild area preserve east of the Mississippi. The Linville Falls, dropping just over 100 feet, signals the beginning of North Carolina's Linville Gorge.
     Impossible to log, the steep-sided canyon remains unmarred. The gorge, deepest in the eastern United States, is just a small part of the 12,000 acre Linville Wilderness Area. A network of gorge trails can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center at the Linville Falls area. The Erwin View Trail leads to three overlooks, complete with breathtaking overhead views of the weathered granite gorge and the thunderous falls. The Plunge Basin Trail, a rugged path into the valley, offers a vantage point along the Linville River, as seen in this Linville Gorge view.



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