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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!
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