Linville Falls

Upper Linville Falls, Linville Gorge, North Carolina. November 8, 2012.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

In early November Betsy and I went to Asheville, North Carollina, to visit Mount Mitchell and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  But Mount Mitchell State Park was closed because of snow, and a big part of the Parkway was closed due to construction.  So we had to go with Plan B.  Plan B included a morning visit to Grandfather Mountain and a late afternoon visit to Linville Falls.

We had visited Linville Falls back in 2004, but this time we had a little more fun getting there because of the road closures.  We reached a Forest Service trailhead to the falls in the late afternoon.

The trail first led us to Upper Linville Falls (above).  The upper falls is a small double falls above the main falls.  Although the falls are small, the setting is very pretty.

Linville Falls, Linville Gorge, North Carolina. November 8, 2012.

We couldn’t see the main falls from the upper falls, so we decided to hike to an overlook about half a mile away which offered a distant view of the main falls.  I had to use my long lens to get the above photo.  There is a small, twisting gorge (‘The Chimney’) between the upper and main falls.  You can see the water flowing from the bottom of the chimney before reaching the main falls.

It was getting late, so we didn’t make it to the Chimney View overlook, nor did we have time to hike to the base of the main falls.  I guess we’ll just have to go back.

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11 Responses to “Linville Falls”

  1. readerwil Says:

    Every time I saw a fall in Tasmania, I thought: George and Betsy should see this. Every fall is unique and you of all people should know best! I always enjoy your falls!

  2. nealpt Says:

    Nice….sounds like a good excuse to go back. 🙂 It’s kind of many waterfalls as I’ve seen I am always ready to hike to another one because they are all different.

  3. MaryBeth Says:

    Beautiful falls. Next time—“To the Chimney!”. MB

  4. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    I think i see the chimney in the top part of the last picture. Lots of water on these on your day!

  5. dayphoto Says:

    Love this. Every water fall is different and unique unto itself. You post is a delight and gives us a taste of summer…come on Spring!


  6. ewok1993 Says:

    the both of you are such inspiration. at my age, you can out hike me. hope to be as active as you both when i’m a bit older. keep that up. hi to betsy.

  7. ladyfi Says:

    Such wonderful shots!

  8. Leovi Says:

    Nice photos, yes, but very pretty small waterfalls …

  9. Sartenada Says:

    Lovely photos. The first photo feeds my mind in that way, that when looking at it, I feel that I could sit on rocks for a long time admiring the landscape.

  10. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    Very beautiful!

  11. Rose Says:

    I would love to try fishing at that first place…it looks like a wonderful place to be whether fish were biting or not, though.

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