This community is just a short distance from Spruce Pine and it features an excellent winery and local restaurants.
This community is just a short distance from Spruce Pine and it features an excellent winery and local restaurants. The community sits atop the chasm in the eastern United States, with rock outcroppings rising and chimneys, and cliffs jutting boldly through the virgin timber forest that covers a gorge almost 3,000 feet in depth. To the east rises Jonas Ridge to the west Linville Mountain.
In the depth of this gorge flows what the Native Americans called “Eseeola” meaning “River of Cliffs.” Today it is known as the Linville River, and the spectacular valley it forms, the Linville Gorge, is known as “The Grad the Southern Appalachians.”
The Linville Falls are easily accessed via the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 316.4. There are beautiful properties available all around this picturesque area.
It is among the most beautiful and ecologically significant natural areas in North Carolina. The headwaters of the Linville river flow off of Grandfather Mountain and fall 2000 feet in 12 miles to forming Lake James and merging with the Catawba River between Marion and Morganton.
The gorge is named for William Linville and his son John, who while hunting and exploring were killed by marauding Shawnee Indians just above the main waterfall in 1766. Linville was a close friend and companion of Daniel Boone.
John D. Rockefeller purchased the 10,975 acre falls area and donated it to the National Park Service for preservation.