I began the day at Carver’s Gap on Roan Mountain with the intent to hike a few miles on the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the Balds. I arrived at six in the morning and started the ascent cloaked in fog.
As I hiked through the moss and fern-laden forest leading to the grassy balds, I was hopeful that the fog and cloud cover would lift in a couple of hours so that I could enjoy the panoramic views on my descent.
After three hours, it became obvious that the cloud cover would likely remain for the rest of the day. I returned to my car and left Roan Mountain to drive to Linville Falls. I stopped to take some photos of the waterwheel at the Welcome Center at Roan Mountain State Park.
By the time I arrived at the trailhead for the falls, I had shed a few layers of clothing and left my backpack in the car. It wasn’t even fifty degrees at the top of Roan Mountain, but it was much warmer in Linville. I proceeded to hike four of the trails leading to different views of the falls.
Linville Falls has the highest volume of any waterfall on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the most popular waterfall 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.” The falls move in several distinct steps, beginning in a twin set of upper falls, moving down a small gorge, and culminating in a high-volume 45-foot (14 m) drop. It is named for the Linville River, which goes over the falls. The Falls Trail distance is 1.6 miles round trip and easy. The Gorge Trail distance is 1.4 miles round trip and strenuous. The Plunge Basin Trail is a 1-mile round trip and moderate.
It was a splendid day, and I met many delightful people from all over the USA while I hiked.
I’m happy to announce the winner of your choice of rattan earrings from Beauty in Stone Jewelry is BJ Collier. Congratulations BJ!