Our cold nights while camping didn’t prevent our daytime fun! In fact, the chilly temperatures were perfect for comfortable hiking.
Our first goal was a hike at the Linville Gorge, the main reason I had selected this area for camping. It was less than 10 minutes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. October is a beautiful month along the Parkway and we enjoyed our short, scenic drive.
The Linville Falls Waterfall is possibly the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina according to the Romantic Asheville Website.
We were excited to see it. Our hike was the one along Erwin’s View Trail, which provided 4 overlooks over a 1.6 mile roundtrip hike.
The trail begins over a wooden bridge at the Visitor’s Center. We spent some extra time on this bridge while Daddy ran back to get tennis shoes for one child who showed up in flip flops. It was a beautiful setting to spend some time waiting.
Once we were all in proper footwear, we headed toward our destination.
It was like a storybook setting as we hiked.
I spotted a fall leaf rainbow, starting at the top with red. Then the other colors softly followed…orange, yellow, green.
We enjoyed the strange tree growing along the trail.
Our views of the various falls were beautiful. There were four overlooks along this roundtrip hike, each offering something spectacular to see.
We did stop for a lunch break and I will mention that I discovered these “Picnic to Go” boxes at Target one day. Unlike Lunchables, they don’t have to be refrigerated, which makes them ideal for camping and hiking. While they aren’t the epitome of healthy eating, they aren’t too bad and I particularly enjoyed this one with its asiago cheese spread on olive oil and sea salt crackers.
Our adventure ended at the same bridge where we began. Of course, we played a romping game of Pooh Sticks, cause who doesn’t love Pooh Sticks?
While our adventure at Linville Gorge was over, we still had another adventure on our day’s agenda. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post and our trip to Wiseman’s View.
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