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.
48 degrees. Glittering golden leaves. Carolina Blue sky and a mountain view that doesn’t stop.
We took an afternoon break from packing-up to head south, and enjoyed our last hike of the season, to The Cascades. A short 30-minute walk along a well-maintained trail leads to the beautiful falls located in E.B. Jeffress Park at mile marker 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Deep Gap. You hear the it before you see it. Falls Creek looks deceptively serene until you reach The Cascades which are roaring down a steep rock-face stretching as far down as you can see. Eventually the water will meet the Atlantic Ocean at Winyah Bay, SC.
Of note: The 600 acre E.B. Jeffress Park has picnic and bathroom facilities at The Cascades parking area. Markers with information about the trees and foliage are placed all along the trail; unfortunately about 75% of the descriptive plaques are missing.