Most Amazing Mountain Gorge View in the Eastern U.S.

See unparalleled views of the Linville Gorge from Wiseman’s View, near Marion. NC.  Looking down across the deepest gorge in the eastern U.S., you can clearly see the Linville River snaking through the forest 1500’ below. The trail itself is an easy, paved, 0.4-mile, handicap accessible path that even has a permanent port-o-potty-style bathroom at the trailhead. But, oh boy, the ride there is an adventure. It’s only four miles on a gravel road, but with the washouts and potholes around most turns, it seems much longer. You will need a 4×4, high off the ground, with good wheels. A Jeep, Range Rover, or F-150 will do the trick.

We have a Jeep and it was like riding a bull, so hang on (the occasional “Yehaw” allowed). I also suggest you start the drive after a bathroom break because all that bouncing will cause you to head straight for the stinky on-site unisex facility. Good news, the road conditions keep most people away, so when you arrive and walk to the two overlooks you are in for a lovely, uncrowded experience. Just sit on a step and enjoy the views.  You can see Table Rock, Hawksbill, and Shortoff Mountains. The swirling rock formations on one peak are really special; I can imagine that with the winter snow it would look like frosting on a cupcake.

If you go: The road is just past the parking lot to Linville Falls, a mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 317.4. Note that for some reason most of the milepost markers seem to be missing, so look for a sign for Linville Falls. Of interest, night-time visitors/campers report seeing the Brown Mountain Lights from this venue. I believe the access road is closed during the winter.

About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on July 2, 2019, in North Carolina, North Carolina, Western, USA and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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