Friday, December 13, 2013

Hiking Linville Falls Off the Blue-Ridge Parkway
Linville Falls Hike
After our big breakfast at the Pisgah Inn, it was time to say goodbye to our wonderful view and start heading home, but with two more stops a long the way.

My plan (ha ha ha) was to drive the Blue-Ridge Parkway to the Linville Falls Trail Head.  Everything was going fine, minus the fog.  I was hoping to stop at Craggy Gardens this time for a short hike as well.  I have always wanted to go there, but have not gotten the chance yet.

All of a sudden we start seeing signs that the parkway is closed up ahead.  What????  We thought maybe they just forgot to take the sign down from last night, so we continued on.  Sure enough we were greeted by a road block and a ranger.  She was very nice and handed us a map.  We asked what happened and she said that the parkway was sliding off the mountain.  There was a huge crack down the middle of the parkway, which they think may be due to the previous heavy rains.  People were hiking to see the gap.  We should have done this, but I was concerned now, with how we were going to get to Linville Falls without the Blue-Ridge Parkway??? I did not know my way around here.  You can read more about the crack here.
Bottom Part of LInville Falls
I did not understand the map the ranger gave me.  I tried my best to remain calm, but my sister and I started arguing in the car.  It was anxiety of not knowing where we were going.  We pulled into a gas station to make sure we were headed in the right direction.  We were not, so we back tracked and finally arrived at the Linville Falls Trail head.  (I had to give up on Craggy Gardens yet again)

There are three trails to hike to see the falls.

The low view:
Another View from the lower hike 
The middle view:

And the high view:

The trail was moderate, lots of rocks and branches to climb up and over.  It was a nice hike.  We did see a snake at one of the views, it was curled up.  Just be aware of your surroundings.

There were some very pretty views to see:

Here is Nadia and I hiking down the trail.  I would have had my backpack, but I was still not able to lift anything, due to my stitches and I did have some trouble hiking the trail, but I just took my time and it was all good.

Now, onto our last stop, Grandfather Mountain.