Linville North Carolina

Linville is a small community named after Linville Falls, which is a waterfall in the Linville Gorge Wilderness.  Linville Falls’ waterfall is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and not far off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 316.  There are actually 2 set of falls, beginning in a double set of upper falls, moving down a small gorge, and then culminating in a high-volume 45-foot drop!  It is named for the Linville River, which goes over the falls. The falls have the highest volume of any waterfall on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Linville Gorge is called “The Grand Canyon of North Carolina” and is the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina and located inside the Pisgah National Forest. The Linville River runs below the ridge about 1,400 feet making hiking in and out of the Gorge challenging.   Wiseman’s View is the easiest way to see the enormous view of the gorge!  Wildlife is abundant as one can possibly see bear, fox, raccoon, trout, grouse, wild turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, copperheads, and timber rattlesnakes when visiting.

Linville Caverns are privately owned active limestone caverns located just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221. The caverns are open to the public year-round for guided tours only.  The caverns have been open for tours since the late 1930s and remain the only show caverns in the State of North Carolina.

The caverns were discovered in 1822 by local fishermen and since that time many people have visited the caverns.  The caverns are formed in a deposit of Shady Dolomite at the bottom of Humpback Mountain.  Civil War deserters used the caverns as a hideout and in the fall & winter months you may be able to view the famous residents which are tricolored bats and little brown bats. These insect-eating creatures hibernate in the caverns from late fall until early spring.