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 I could enjoy the panoramic views on my descent.
After three hours, it became apparent 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 photos of the waterwheel at the Welcome Center at Roan Mountain State Park.
When 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 trails leading to different views of the falls. My Oboz hiking boots are about three years old. Here is a similar pair.
Linville Falls has the highest waterfall volume on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the most famous 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 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 moderate 1-mile round trip.
It was a splendid day, and I met many delightful people from all over the USA while I hiked.
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