Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Elk Knob State Park and Linville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Last week in Vilas, NC, we hiked and visited some places between MP 292-317 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I must admit it is so nice to be back in hiking country! This definitely  seems to be a good time of year for this area.  Very few bugs and temps varying dramatically but at least staying under 80.

Wildflowers are everywhere, dainty and beautiful, so I am taking a lot of close up pics to try to convey the variety and will name them when I can.

We heard about a nice hike at a new state park, Elk Knob, that had a nice 360 view at the top of the surrounding area so we had to check that one out:



trout lily



trees just budding here



the Appalachians are showing some spring green






bluets



wake robin trillium



nearby Boone, NC, had a couple good breweries!
 We started out the Linville Falls trail by crossing a bridge over the Linville River which looks like a good fishing place! This fisherman already had 3-4 fish on his string.

Linville Falls


Looking down on the Upper and Lower Linville Falls in the gorge

Upper Linville Falls


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