Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

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Famed as "the Grand Canyon of the East," the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is a rugged tract of more than 12,000 acres located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Native Americans once referred to the Linville River as Eeseeoh, or "River of Cliffs," a name that accurately describes the river as it twists its way through the gorge under sheer rock faces and distinctive craggy peaks. Since the Native American ambush of the William Linville hunting party in 1766, the gorge has continued to make headlines with everything from movie filming to fatal accidents and forest fires. Today visitors flock to the natural attraction and enjoy a seemingly pristine, unexplored forest canyon. But the Linville Gorge has much more to offer than just breathtaking scenery. Its rich history has been documented by photographers since the 1870s, and it is through these old photographs that adventure seekers of the past are linked with nature enthusiasts of the present.
ISBN: 9780738568515
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Christopher Blake has assembled a volume of images that capture both the scenic wonder of Linville's natural beauty and the activities of individuals and groups who dared venture to what has been described as the roughest area east of the Mississippi River. He has edited a book about the area entitled River of Cliffs: A Linville Gorge Reader. Blake, who holds a Ph.D. in English, first came to the Linville Gorge in 1967 as a student at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He now lives in Linville Falls.
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