The Linville Gorge
Known as ‘The Grand Canyon of North Carolina,’ the Linville Gorge is a highlight to the Blue Ridge and varies between 1,300 – 4,120 feet in elevation. As part of the Pisgah National Forest, the Gorge spans over nearly 11,800 acres and offers not only spectacular views but hiking and camping for all levels, hunting, fishing, spelunking, climbing, and swimming in the Linville River.
Though logging was common for the area surrounding the Linville Gorge in the early 1900s, the terrain of the actual Gorge area left it safe from clearcutting. The National Wilderness Preservation System awarded the Gorge as a protected wilderness area in 1952, and has actually kept the same acreage since. The Grandfather Ranger District of the US Forest Service takes management of canyon and has kept it in pristine condition for years.
Both the Linville Falls and Linville Caverns are popular tourist attractions along the Gorge. The Falls area consists of a small park with trails surrounding multiple sets of waterfalls. All paths take you to different lookouts, all with breathtaking views. The Caverns, on the other hand take visitors down below and offer guided tours through the only show caverns remaining in North Carolina.
The Linville Gorge is truly a gem of North Carolina and helps make the High Country as charming as it is. Spectacular views can be seen from many properties throughout the area, definitely worth looking into!
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