Western North Carolina - Linville Falls - Attractions & Activities

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Western North Carolina - Linville Falls - Attractions & Activities


Countless outdoor activities and some of the country's most spectacular scenery are available when you visit western North Carolina and the Linville Falls, NC area. Check out some of our favorite nearby attractions.

1. Linville Falls

Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians." There are three popular hiking trails around the Falls, ranging from easy to strenuous.

2. Blowing Rock, NC

From the unmatched, far-reaching views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the quaint storybook mountain village, Blowing Rock, NC is truly deserving of the title: "Crown of the Blue Ridge." Here you'll find popular family attractions, including Tweetsie Railroad and The Blowing Rock, a plethora of unique downtown shops and outlets, and outdoor adventure ranging from hiking and biking to spelunking and bouldering.

3. Linville Caverns

Located just south of the village of Linville Falls on U.S. Highway 221, Linville Caverns offers an environment for the public to explore the subterranean world of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The caverns are open to the public year round for half-hour guided tours, which escort visitors through the caverns with information about cavern history, resident creatures, and the formations viewed along the way.

4. Gem Mountain

Located on Highway 226 in Spruce Pine, NC, Gem Mountain allows visitors to experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. Many valuable gems are found each day and the staff supplies all of the necessary equipment. They even have experienced help for novice rockhounds. Experienced gem cutters are also on hand to cut and design jewelry from your finds.

5. Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina's landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. It is a globally recognized nature preserve and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains (elv. 5,946 feet). The mountain offers the South's best alpine hiking trails with more than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges. The entrance is located on U.S. 221, two miles north of Linville and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305.

6. Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain is not one mountain, but a high ridge about five miles long. The Appalachian Trail crosses the grassy summits and affords wonderful panoramic mountain views during the ridgetop hike. There are two distinct sections to visit at Roan. For the best hiking, park at Carver's Gap near the North Carolina / Tennessee state line and hike east atop the grassy summits of Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge - five miles roundtrip. Or drive two miles from Carver's Gap into the Roan Mountain Recreation Area, part of Pisgah National Forest, for a picnic area, restrooms, paved half-mile trail through rhododendron gardens and a hike to Roan High Bluff.

7. Trout Fishing

You'll find an abundance of rainbow, brown and brook trout in the Linville Falls area. Test your skills and try your luck at any of these nearby rivers and creeks: Linville River, North Cove Creek, Camp Creek, Toe River and the Watauga River.

8. Asheville, NC

Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

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