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A longer hike than planned….and more pics!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Yesterday we planned a full day….a hike at Linville Falls (a long time favorite of ours), some fishing, and a run. We started out to the Parkway and the falls with a low cloud cover and fog….but you never know as a few miles (or minutes) later, it can all be different!

When we arrived at the entrance to the Linville Falls visitor center and trailhead, the weather had cleared up to a beautiful day, and we found that the government shut down would affect our plans more than we expected.

It’s 1.4 miles from the entrance off the Parkway to the Falls trailhead and parking lot.

So, we’ll just add 3 miles or so to our planned hike. Off we go…

Here’s a view of the Linville River in fall colors on the way in.

And in a little while, we arrive at the parking lot, which was deserted except for people walking in. It wasn't nearly as crowded as it normally would be on a beautiful day in fall, and many people looked pretty tired as they were walking back out to the cars.

Next, we started up the trail to the falls.

The trail starts out as a nice relatively smooth trail and not much climb to the upper falls overlook, after which most of the people turn back, but not us! Here's a look at the upper falls:

From the upper falls, the water goes down through a channel before it makes the lower falls.

After the upper falls overlook, the trail climbs quite a bit (about 200 feet) to a higher overlook where you can see the lower falls and both upper falls at once.

From the highest trail point, the view is magnificent, overlooking both the falls and the river as it goes through the gorge.

After hiking back down the trail, and the walk back down the road to the truck, we then headed down to the river for some fishing.

The river has its own beauty, but we didn’t have any luck fishing. We did see a hawk dive and catch a trout though, right in front of us!

We only had an hour to fish since our hike was longer than planned, and then it was time to head home to change for our run. Total distance of the hike & fishing was 6 miles. The run and cool down walk was another 5 miles, for 11+ miles total, over 100 flights of stairs and 30,000 steps – another new Fitbit badge! Here's the map and summary of the hike:

That wrapped up another fun and active day in the mountains. Maybe today, I’ll catch some fish!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PILLYWIGGIN 10/26/2013 6:57PM

    So beautiful!
Congratulations also on achieving another badge emoticon emoticon

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GWINNER1 10/17/2013 11:23PM

    Glad y'all had so much fun! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

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LEARN2BHEALTHY 10/17/2013 6:13PM

    WOW So Beautiful I would love to do some hiking it looks like your having a wonderful time emoticon for all the great pictures they are emoticon


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DOROTHYBERO 10/17/2013 12:18PM

    absolutely beautiful!

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JUNEPA 10/17/2013 11:40AM

    Great hike
You run after you hike, wow. If I hike and run the same day, I run first. Plus you went fishing too. What an awesome day.
I have a fitbit too and like to hike. On a non-hiking day the stairs climbed are usually under 30, on a hiking day, in the hundreds lol

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_LINDA 10/16/2013 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon photos!
What a great place to hike in!! Fantastic mileage!
Thanks for sharing!

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MICKEYH 10/16/2013 5:59PM

    Wha-oh! What a beautiful place to hike. Lucky you. (^^) I can see the fall color. So lovely..
After all the hiking of 6 mile and still went for the run!? 30,000 steps? Wow and Woo Hoo to you. That's my type of girl!! Go Alie !! I am so proud of you and your determination towards healthy living. Thanks for sharing. (*^^*)
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INGMARIE 10/16/2013 4:41PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing your beautiful hike.
Lovely photos.

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/16/2013 4:09PM

    I love reading your blog and man you look terrific!!!! I know you feel terrific as well. Thanks for sharing your fun with us.

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GOLFGMA 10/16/2013 2:06PM

    Beautiful area and I enjoyed the pictures. Fall colors are so very beautiful. Hoping for a chance to emoticon see them soon!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 10/16/2013 1:09PM

    Looks like a great hike! Last time I went on one, we had a longer-than-planned hike due to losing the trail!

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TURTLETALK 10/16/2013 1:00PM

    Wow, beautiful pictures and what an awesome, healthy day!

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CHRISBRYAN 10/16/2013 12:54PM

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LEXONE 10/16/2013 12:35PM

    Beautiful pictures, enjoyed reading and following along on your walk, I love the mountains of breath taking and such wonderful areas to walk and hike...thanks for sharing!

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WISHFULDREAMING 10/16/2013 12:23PM

    beautiful pictures

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