"A 19-mile gravel and paved route that encircles rugged Linville Gorge. This drive partially encircles Linville Gorge, a yawning chasm where the Linville River tumbles 2,000 feet in 14 miles. The route offers spectacular views into the deep canyon. Access trails lead to Linville Falls and the summits of prominent peaks such as Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. Although the drive is only 19 miles long, plan on a full day of travel.
Most of the road is gravel-surfaced, winding, and slow, and many nearby hikes are extremely scenic and worthwhile. Although the road is suitable for passenger cars, it is not meant for large RVs or trailers, especially in the section just before Table Rock Picnic Area. Special attractions: Linville Gorge Wilderness, Linville Falls, Pisgah National Forest, Wiseman’s View, Hawksbill Mountain, Table Rock, hiking, scenic views, and fall colors. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."