Friday, September 22, 2006

Linville Falls: From the Plunge Basin Overlook

Plunge Basin Falls Photo Copyright © 2006 G. Kiser

The Linville Falls area is just North of the Linville Gorge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can find this attraction at milepost 316.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, South of the Linn Cove Viaduct. A second trailhead can also be located off of Kistler Memorial Highway (Old NC 105) off of NC 183. To view the Linville Falls, your best bet would be the former which is where the visitor's center is.

Once in the parking lot, you will find the visitor's center with a map of the park, and some pictures of the waterfalls. You will find the trail head near this building and will hike 0.2 miles before you come to fork in the path. To get an aerial view of the Linville Falls, take the right fork and proceed another 0.3 miles. You will come to a series of steep stairs leading to the stone walled observation deck. From here you are able to look down into the Plunge Basin. While this is not a perfect view of the falls, it really gives you an idea of the magnitude of the land you are currently inhabiting.

To get closer to the falls, you would need to have taken the left fork, heading to the base of the falls. I have not taken that path as of yet, but will do so in the near future. A separate entry will be made for each of the observation locations of the many falls, and views in the Linville Falls area.

Update 07-11-2007--I have completed all the trails at Linville Falls. For information about the left fork that leads to the bottom of the Gorge, please click here.

I will not say how exactly I got this particular shot here. I will tell you this, however... Kevin Adams put it best in his book North Carolina Waterfalls, A hiking and photography guide, when he said "If you foolishly decide to ignore the warning signs (as some people do) and climb over the wall at this point, at least have the courtesy to notify the rangers so they can prepare a dive team to find your body." We'll just leave it at that and call it a lesson learned. Had it not been for a particular flowering plant I really wanted in the composition, I would have stayed on the safe side of the wall.

From a photographer's point of view, this overlook is probably the least productive in the whole park.  It is a nice hike, but the end results will likely leave you wanting more.  I would suggest taking any of the other trails before you go down this one.

10 comments:

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm so glad you made it back over the wall to safety! What we won't do for getting a good shot! Directly I saw the photo the first thing I thought was that the flowering plant really set it off and 'made' the pic! No more risk taking please though! Jeannette  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

rap4143 said...

Greg I think we all have taken unwise chances for that one perfect shot :). Another beautiful waterfalls my friend.
Betty

ravenjuiced said...

This is great stuff, waterfalls ahve always been a favorite of mine. You should also check out Falling Water in Pa. There's a waterfall right up the stream from the house Frank Lloyd Wright built for the Kaufmans. Very cool place.

http://journals.aol.com/ravenjuiced/those-eyes-that-the-cherubim-dre/

inafrnz247 said...

Very pretty, Greg ~ love the flowers, too!  Michelle

bgilmore725 said...

A bold photographer you are to climb over that wall. But the shot is beautiful, and the rangers did not have to search for your body. Time to celebrate! bea

rjet33 said...

Daredevil, eh?  If it helps any, it was so worth it!  Awesome!~

All My Best,

Susan

rebecca27406 said...

lovely picture!  reminds me of a childhood trip with my folks.  i was about 12 years old.  the pictures we took were not quite as poignant. absolutely gorgeous!

wumzels2 said...

i am in awe of your waterfall pictures.  they never cease to make me feel calmer inside.  makes you wish you were there watching it for real.......thanks for bringing the beauty of nature to us, greg.

and thanks for visiting my journal.  

blessings,

regina

adlessor said...

Looks like we missed a lovely scene in N.C.  Job well done.
Dawn        

my78novata said...

wow thats beautiful you have a great eye