Linville Gorge in Late Autumn
With the effects of Hurricane Sandy already being felt in the North Carolina mountains, and with the first snows of the season just hours away, it seemed a good time to capture the last colors of fall at this elevation, and there’s no place more dramatic than Linville Gorge. A drive up US 221 from Marion to Linville Falls Community ends at the 3,600 foot level, and lets you enter the Linville Gorge Wilderness area on Old NC 105, straddling the ridge that serves as the west rim of the gorge. The narrow gravel forest road climbs to 4,000 feet before an even smaller road connects you to the Wiseman’s View parking area. A short hike will end at rocks along the gorge, and one of the most spectacular vistas in all of North Carolina. To see The Gorge in its summer splendor, enter the words “Linville Gorge” in the SEARCH area to the right.
A six minute video will give you a better idea of what I found in this pristine place.