Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wiseman's View

Perched nearly 1500 feet above the Linville River, Wiseman's View overlooks the deepest gorge in the eastern US. From this vantage point, not only do you get a magnificent view of the rugged Linville Gorge, but you also get a commanding view of Hawksbill Mountain (above left) and Table Rock (right). Click here and here for more information on Linville Gorge. It is also one of the places from which the mysterious "brown mountain lights" can be seen -- click here for more information and other viewing locations. And while you're in the area, be sure to check out the view from Chestoa View Overlook (Mile 320 on the Parkway).

Directions: Wiseman's View is a 20 minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the exit for the community of Linville Falls, NC (Mile 317.5, one exit south of the entrance to Linville Falls). Turn left toward town onto Route 221 and drive 0.6 miles, then turn left onto Route 183 and proceed 0.7 miles. A sign will point the way to Wiseman's View (turn right onto Route 1238) and drive for 4 miles. This road is gravel, narrow and sometimes quite steep, but in fairly good shape. Still, I'd recommend a high clearance vehicle (SUV or van).  On the way you will pass the following stops (in order)...

1. Alternate parking area for Linville Falls
2. Information Cabin (on your right)
3. Parking area for Pine Gap Trail
4. Parking area for Bynum Bluff Trail
5. Parking area Cabin Trail
6. Parking area for Babel Tower Trail
7. A sign will point the way (to the left) for Wiseman's View. From here it's a short drive to the parking area and an easy walk to the lookout points.

20 comments:

  1. Thank you Mark. Everything looks so green despite the drought. Great shot of Hawksbills and Table Rock.

    There is a wonderful pine tree with circular cones named after Table Rock,oddly enough called the Table Mountain Pine.

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  2. haroldrossjr.comJuly 15, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Hello Mark,

    Another wondeful shot! What direction are you looking at from this photo ? (N-S-E-W) I was wondering if this might be a good place to shoot a sunrise shot?

    Let me know.

    Thanks,

    harold.ross@ricoh-usa.com
    jhross@chartertn.net

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  3. Thanks for the great shots and also the directions to some of these great locations! The next time I am up that way, I will have to explore the area some more! If ok, I am adding a link to you blog from mine.

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  4. Thanks for visiting and for the comments. Harold, I looked on Google Earth and it looks like Table Rock is due east of Wiseman's. I think it would be a great place to catch a sunrise!

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  5. Mark, I visited Wiseman's View this weekend and it is an AWESOME sight to see. It was a little scary, but, I took a few pictures of it. I went with a friend and it is a place I would LOVE to take my family. Thanks

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  6. there is also another way to get to wiseman's view going up 105. its quiet a longer drive but there are some beautiful pull offs where you can see Lake James. Wiseman's vies is my favorit place ever :D

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    1. Could you give me the other directions. Thanks so much

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  7. Mark,
    I was wondering if you know of a campsite near Wiseman's view?
    Thanks,
    Ian
    P.S. Great Blog!

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  8. Hi Ian, I haven't camped around there so I don't have any firsthand advice for you. I know there's a campground at Linville Falls (http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74042). I also found these via Google: http://www.linvillefalls.com/ and http://www.steelecreekpark.com/. I'm sure there are many others -- sorry I don't have any specific advice for you! If you find a good place, please let us know! :)

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  9. Bear Den is an excellent nearby campground. Good folks, reasonable rates.
    http://www.bear-den.com

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  10. There is plenty of places to camp up the gravel road leading there. I went last weekend.

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  11. I agree with the previous post by anonymous...I have camped there about 15 times...I'd say there are at least 10-15+ sites along the dirt road. Just bring all you need with you, its a bit of a way for any kind of resources in a pinch.

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  12. I'm a Wiseman... this place is named after a distant grandfather of mine. All I can say is - if you decide to drive up there, take a jeep. :)

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    1. you don't need a jeep. I drive there frequently on my harley

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  13. Been there recently in August 2010, believe me, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Of course, I am from the area, Spruce Pine,and every time I see it, it is still like the first! Heavenly~~

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  14. I have a question my fiance proposed to me here at wiseman's view and I was wondering how I might would go about trying to get married here, it would be so beautiful and meaningful also! Does anyone have any suggestions or no anyone I could contact in the area by chance....? Thanks!

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  15. How about that! My fiance proposed to me there also, and we are wanting to get married there also. We spoke to the gentleman at the information cabin and he told us to contact the Grandfather mountain ranger station to inquire....Or, he said, "just do it" it is easier to get forgiveness than permission. He said that we would have to understand that they can't close the view and that we may have a few wedding crashers, but that doesn't sound like such a big deal to me. Anyway, we haven't decided if we are willing to get crashed and shut down by the ranger, or if we will call. If you find out anything, please post. I will do the same. Congrat on the engagement!

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  16. Question for you engaged couples. Did you end up marrying there?

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    1. I got married up there! it was amazing

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  17. I went there this weekend Sat., Aug.,24, 2013. The sights there are magnificent for the eastern U.S. I am just curious how many different states that you can see. It would be a good idea to take a vehicle that is not low to the ground. When you go up a hill, do not stop. Otherwise, you will throw gravel ,and your wife may have to push.

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