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Stop at Linville Falls, accessed by a short spur road off the Parkway. Explore the Upper and Lower Linville Falls as they plunge into the rugged 12-mile long Linville Gorge, one of the deepest scenic gorges in the eastern United States. Hike one of the trails that leave from the Visitors Center and enjoy spectacular beauty, cool dense forests and large rocks for lounging on when the hiking is done. Swimming is not permitted due to swift currents. Thanks to local landowners and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., this area is one of the rare places in the United States that has preserved the virgin forests that once covered the entire east coast, making this an extra special hiking experience.
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