Saturday, September 22, 2012

Linville Falls

Candler, NC  (high 78, low 48)

We were tired yesterday from our very long day at the Biltmore Estate.  The plan was to take it kind of easy, and we didn’t get an early start. 

We had no real plan, but eventually decided to head to Linville Falls.  We had heard a lot about this 3 tier waterfall and decided to see if we could find them.  It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the area.

We got to the parking area at Linville Falls and then started a “short”  hike to the falls.

Path to Linville Falls

Of course hiking in the North Carolina mountains is never easy. You’re either going up or down constantly….nothing like hiking in Florida.

We got to the over look and found a beautiful double waterfall with water gushing around a sharp curve in the rocks. 

Linville falls, first level

Linville falls, first level

I wish I was a better photographer so that I could capture the water rushing around the sharp rocky curve.

Linville falls, first level

It turned out that rushing water was heading towards another water fall that we would see a little later.

We hung around this area awhile, and took some pictures.

Linville falls, first level

Then back up to the next vantage point.  Of course it was up the mountain.  Smile

path to next level of Linville Falls

The next few pictures are of the first waterfall way in the background.  The waterfall in the bottom of the picture is coming from where the water curved around through the rocks.

next level of  Linville Falls

next level of  Linville Falls

The waterfalls were much more spectacular than I captured on my pictures.  The photo doesn’t show how very high up we were here.

next level of  Linville Falls

If you look carefully in the picture above , you will see some people way down below above the bottom waterfall. That was where we were standing in the first pictures I posted.  The picture below is those people, so you can see how far away we were from them (and high up)


There was one other vantage point, but it even further way  up the mountain.  We ended up hiking 1.7 miles and it was mostly straight up or down.

After we left the Falls, we decided to get onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and look some  areas we had been wanting to see.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s a National Scenic Byway, that runs 469 miles from Virginia through the  Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.  It is not a road to make good time on.  It’s probably not a Paul Dahl road.  Smile

It’s a scenic road with lots of scenic overlooks and hiking trails.  It’s mountainous, and very curvy.  It’s billed as an easy drive….but not for Floridians like us who are not used to mountains.     It’s a lovely drive, but you definitely have to pay close attention and you can’t  just relax and enjoy the scenery.  We like to travel on  it a little at a time.  Motorhomes are allowed and supposedly they fit through the many tunnels.  We would never take our motor home on it.

One place we were looking for  it the Linn Cove viaduct.  It’s probably the most photographed area on the parkway. 

This is a picture I borrowed off the internet.


This was not what we saw yesterday.  The fall colors are not quite this pretty…yet.  This viaduct was the last part of the parkway to be built and is an amazing piece of engineering, considering this bridge was built on the side of the mountain.

We got out and walked underneath it.  It was amazing that it didn’t fall right down the mountain.

Later, when I read the sign that it was put together with “epoxy and massive steel tendons,” I wondered if I really wanted to walk underneath it.


LInn Cove Viaduct

Unfortunately, it was getting a little late, we were over 5000 feet up and we didn’t want to be on a mountain when it was getting dark.  I think we’ll probably have to make another trip to this area before we leave.  There was a lot to see and many hiking trails.

The next picture of Al  shows Grandfather mountain in the background.  Can you make out the shape of the face of an old man (the mountain…not the one in the orange shirt) ?

Al with Grandfather mountain in back ground


The next thing was to figure how to get off the Blue Ridge as quickly as possible and find the interstate to get us home before dark.

We came across this beautiful mountain lake.  We would have loved to taken the time to see it better, but you can see the sun was getting a little low.

beautiful lake in mountains on way from Linn cove to Lenioir

By the time we got off the Parkway, we were 77 miles from home, and it was getting darker by the minute.  By the time we got home, it was dark, and we were pooped. 

We’re not sure what we’ll do today.  We might need a rest day, but I doubt that will happen.  We have to wait and see how much energy we have.


  1. nice area you are in now and will put in on the list for places to see next year when we head back east

  2. This looks like a really great time of year to be in NC. Not too hot and muggy. And hopefully before you leave we'll see some of your gorgeous pictures of leaves that are turning. Great job on the hike for you flatlanders.

  3. Your pictures were spectacular, I wish I had that kind of talent. So far my only talent is driving too far in one day, glad you haven't caught the PDD. It's hard to make any time on the Blue Ridge, but then you don't go there to speed. ;c)

  4. I wondered when you were going to get to Linville Falls. It really is too gorgeous for pictures. Our farm is at the other end of the BRP so if you go ALL the way up, let me know. We'll be here until about October 20. We've always had hiking that was either UP or down and usually the down was unfortunately first. Florida has been amazing in its flatness to us. SO glad you are having such a good time.

    You are right about Paul - speed limit on BRP and the Skyline Drive through Shennandoah National Park which connects to it I think is 35mph. He'd never be able to do that. :-)))

  5. I think we would love that area!

    Nice to see some pictures of you guys!

  6. Isn't it frustrating when you can't capture how beautiful something really is? I feel that way all the time, and am so happy when a picture finally (in my opinion)comes out good. It is a pretty area though, and you did convey that to us. I wouldn't take my trailer on the BRP either!

  7. Great pictures of the falls. Brought back some great memories.

  8. About 25-30 miles south of you at Flat Rock,NC is the Carl Sandburg Home National Hist Site. Well worth the time to drive down and tour the house and farm.

  9. Wow! What a great day! Loved the photos...We've got to get back there.

  10. What a great spot - thanks for posting such beautiful photos of the waterfalls. I could watch waterfalls all day!

  11. What a beautiful spot - loved the photos of the waterfalls, they were great.

  12. We were there in May and went to Linville Falls. We went right to the top...the view!!! We were higher than the top of the trees...awesome! We also hiked down to the right side of the falls as well. You can get pretty close. The sound was amazing. We were there visiting our daughter who lives just outside of Boone. Such beautiful country with lots to see. Enjoy!

  13. You did a wonderful job capturing the beauty of the area...we were just there on Sunday. :)

  14. Are you taking pictures with a point and shoot or a DSLR? To get a great shot of the rushing water you would need to override the autoshoot and slow down the shutter speed. Most point and shoots don't have this feature, but check your manual. You have to hold the camera very still though while the shutter stays open longer!


Please feel free to leave comments. We love to read them! To contact me directly you can send e-mail to