Not everyone knows that North Carolina has its own version of Grand Canyon, but it does. We are fortunate that it is not far from our Blue Ridge Parkway lodging. Flowing out of Grandfather Mountain, the powerful Linville River has carved one of the most ruggedly beautiful canyons in the east. The Gorge encloses 12 miles of the Linville River, its walls soaring more than a thousand feet on both sides. Jonas Ridge on the eastern side of the gorge has fantastic rock formations such as Sitting Bear, Table Rock and the Chimneys. Linville Mountain is soars to the west.
The Linville Gorge Wilderness is part of the Pisgah National Forest; both offer numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation for the whole family. Time spent at the Linville Falls Visitor Center is time well spent, for the rangers can help you craft a hike that will be fun for all ages. If mountain biking is more your style, you’re in luck, as there are three good routes along the ridges: Linville Gorge loop is nearly 50 very strenuous miles; Table Rock Loop is about half that distance, but also quite strenuous; Wiseman’s View Ride is less than ten miles, and is of moderate difficulty. Bring lots of water and snacks, because you are sure to work up an appetite.
Enjoy the last days of summer with the family, before the start of the school year and the often hectic routines that come with school. Our North Carolina cabins are perfect for the whole family – even the dog, since we offer pet-friendly lodging. There are so many great activities for the whole family in and around the Blue Ridge Parkway of Western North Carolina – so come on out and have fun.
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