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Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

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Address: Linville, NC
Phone Number: 828-652-2144
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This area, which offers hiking, camping, birdwatching and wildlife, was...

This area, which offers hiking, camping, birdwatching and wildlife, was named for William Linville who was killed here by Indians in the 1700s.

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Trails of all sorts!

There are trails for everyone here! I live in the area and go often, so I've done most of the trails. There are the easy ones that I take my my seven year old son with me, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Cassie S
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

There are trails for everyone here! I live in the area and go often, so I've done most of the trails. There are the easy ones that I take my my seven year old son with me, and there are ones I do alone. I have seen a bear and other wildlife. Mostly snakes, squirrels, and birds. I recommend wearing... More 

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Bluefield, West Virginia
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We are so glad we stopped here while we were on the parkway. The water was rushing really quickly and the view was nice at the easier trail access, but I wanted to view the bigger waterfall that I heard behind me but couldn't see. So, we walked the trail to Erwin's View and the view was simply amazing. The... More 

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Dacula, Georgia
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52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I can not wait until we can go back in the fall. The view from Wisemans View was spectacular for December. It has to be bursting with color in the fall with a 180 degree view of the canyon. A tough road to get there, but worth it.

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Thank Dacula3585
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The trail to the falls was easy and short, but the area offers tough trails for more experienced hikers as well. The ones we were on were easy to follow and all well maintained. Anyone who drives the Blue Ridge Parkway knows the area is scenic but if you don’t get out and walk around, you’ll be missing out.

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Thank DarkRoads
Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great hiking trails that are very well maintained. Moderate climb to awesome views. See the falls from the overlook or up close at the top pool of water.

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Thank LGrebs
Mandeville, Louisiana
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This hike had amazing views and the trail was relatively easy. You can do as much or as little hiking as you'd like here. The trail gradually brings you to the top of an overlook of the falls. My personal favorite was the second overlook which has some slippery Rock stairs down to a nicely created overlook area.

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Thank Brook S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I took a day trip to the Linville Falls portion of the Linville Gorge. The day was beautiful, warm and sunny. The hike to the falls was easy from the parking lot and the views of the falls with the changing color of the leaves was spectacular. It is an easy drive from Charlotte and we'll worth... More 

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Been here several times but last year the top was closed due to . This time it was open! One of the best! If you go, I encourage you to view the top and bottom of falls from overlook. I'm a waterfall chaser and this place is awesome. Walk down is good for kids and elderly.

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Thank Jeff M
Cocoa, Florida
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110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Easy to moderate hikes to the "overview" observation areas - a bit muddy, and there are some inclines - so good footwear is recommended. Well worth it, as the views of the falls are breathtaking. And the sound of the rushing water - there is nothing like it!

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Englewood, Florida
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is well worth your time. The trails are well marked as to the distance and difficulty. The falls made for a beautiful back drop for family photos.

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