Blue Ridge Country May/June 2021 - BRPG24

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: The Chimney and

Erwins View vantage points are the most
photogenic of the three. Avoid harsh
mid-day sun if possible; cloudy days or late
afternoon yield better results.

Dense Blazing Star
(Liatris spicata)

2-4 feet tall, rose-purple flowered spike.
August-September.

wind through the estate.
A trail map details the
interconnections of the
various paths, which can
also be accessed from Bass
Lake, another attraction in
this sprawling estate. A flat
0.8-mile trail encircles the
lake and is a favorite for
local walkers and travelers
alike. This is also a favorite
destination for cross country
skiing following a snowstorm.
Linville Falls, MP 316.5
The Linville River begins
as a trickle on the flanks of
Grandfather Mountain, and
as it gathers steam, cuts a
steep rocky gorge, dropping
almost 2,000 vertical feet
in 12 miles from the falls
itself to Lake James in the
Piedmont below. Named

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" Eeseeoh, River of Many
Cliffs, " by the Cherokee, it
was renamed in honor of
William Linville and his son
John (relatives of Daniel
Boone) who were killed by
a party of northern Indians
in 1766. John D. Rockefeller
purchased land surrounding
the falls in 1952. The
land was subsequently
donated to the State of
North Carolina and then to
the federal government.
The 440-acre falls tract is
managed by the National
Park Service and is adjacent
to the larger 12,000-acre
Linville Gorge Wilderness,
which was designated in the
first round of selection when
the original Wilderness Act
was signed into law in 1964.
The Erwins View Trail is

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