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“Free and beautiful place to visit.”

Linville Gorge Wilderness Area
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Linville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Free and beautiful place to visit.”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

The waterfalls are worth the hike. And the drive there is gourgeous too. You can drive from the quaint town of Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get there.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Breathtaking beauty will tame the savage beast”
Reviewed 22 August 2011

The beauty is amazing. The view from the Chimney and Ewin outlooks are breaktaking. The hiking is less than a mile but can be strenuous for someone out of shape but saw several seniors who had no problems with the hikes. Rested at the top of the falls and felt like a new man. Whenever I am stressed out, this place always calms me back down.

Visited August 2011
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27 reviews
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“So worth it!!!”
Reviewed 7 August 2011

We spent a long weekend in the Smoky Mountains and after seeing tons of amazing views, it's safe to say, this is the best!! Be ready for a bumpy ride up a gravel road. Wiseman's View is a can't miss!

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“WOW! What an overlook!”
Reviewed 5 August 2011

This particular area of Linville is tucked away and you need to know that even though the State Park sign says it's .04 miles...it's actually about 4.04. Be prepared to drive over a graded somewhat graveled road that could be tedious in bad weather or tight if two cars were to pass. It is worth the gorgeous view when you read the top and walk a short path that is paved AND handicap accessible. Not for ye ole 'frady-cats' or anyone afraid of heights. There are at least two stoned-lookout areas and you can see for miles and miles in several directions into the mountain view of the distance and Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take your camera for some great photos!

Visited August 2011
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Eastern North Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
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“The best view of Linville Gorge”
Reviewed 15 July 2011

You won't find it on any Blue Ridge Parkway map, but the best view of the gorge is an easy hike on a paved handicapped accessible trail along a scenic and fun National Forest gravel Road. From the parkway, exit on 221 just south of the Linville Falls area, and follow 221 south to the junction with 183. Turn right on to 183 and look for the signs for the Linville Gorge Wilderness. You'll be turning right on a reasonably well-maintained gravel road. The first turn-off is the trailhead for a .4 mile hike to a view of the falls. About four miles (and several ups and downs and corners with the accompanying shrieks from the girls in the car) further along, you come to the turn-off for Wisemen's View. It's absolutely worth the drive, which is part of the adventure; watch for the scenic views along the road. But I wouldn't attempt it on a rainy day without four-wheel drive. Also, if you like primitive camping, there are spacious, well-spaced campsites along the road. A wonderful off-the-beaten path trip. FYI: There is a latrine and plan for about 45 minutes of total travel time in and out on the gravel road. The trail to the view is paved, but there are stairs down to the absolute edge. The view will captivate you for as long as you let it. The more adventurous can ignore the barriers (some of which are missing) and get up close and personal with the view.

Visited July 2011
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