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Deep and Wild but Not Wide Enough
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May 17, 2011
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Linville Falls and Gorge offer Blue Ridge Parkway travelers some of the most spectacular scenery near the famed road, and offer more intrepid explorers the chance to see nearly 10,000 acres of forest that escaped logging. The Linville Gorge Wilderness is a rugged place, and one of the first designated Wilderness Areas in the East, but too narrowly drawn, at about 12,000 acres, to adequately protect this key watershed.
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I really enjoy Linville Gorge. I think I've done about as much hiking in there as I have in any one spot. Tremendous scenery. Never-ending, in fact. It seems every step offers a different perspective on the panoramic view all around you. For some reason, though, I didn't hike there for many years--I just kept going hiking elsewhere. It's only in the last few years that I forced myself to visit the Gorge and go hiking and backpacking there. It's not for people who are out of shape, though. Don't go down into the gorge if your lungs are not in good shape or if your legs are weak.
- The view that afternoon from Shortoff Mountain.
- One of my all-time favorite hikes into Linville Gorge--February 7, 2010. There had been a heavy snowfall followed by an ice storm.