Lose Yourselves In The Masterpiece Of Changing Leaves

Burke County, NC

October 1, 2022 – Fall is the perfect time to explore some back roads in the mountains and lose yourselves in the masterpiece of changing leaves. The Pisgah Loop through Pisgah National Forest and the Linville Gorge is one of those trips that will satisfy your adventurous spirit, take you to places you have never been and showcase the best of fall color. Journey north out of Morganton on Highway 181 where you can take in views of Brown Mountain, Hawksbill and Table Rock. Turn left onto Highway 183 for a 4 miles before going up Old Highway 105, which runs along the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge. 4-wheel drive is recommended, or at least a high clearance vehicle, to climb the mountains on this gravel road. While on Old Highway 105, stop at Wiseman’s View, a short, handicap accessible trail that ends in a perfect view into the Gorge with views of Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountains directly in front of you. Once back in the car, continue down 105 until it intersects with Highway 126, which leads you past Lake James at the base of the mountains. Look out for great views of Shortoff Mountain as well as other hiking opportunities such as Lake James State Park and Fonta Flora State Trail. Return to Morganton by taking Highway 126 back to Highway 181. Remember to Leave No Trace, watch out for wildlife and take in all of the scenery. 

Length: 47 Miles
Drive Time: Approximately 2.5 hours
Note: The route is not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.

Burke County, North Carolina, has an adventure for everyone. For more information about the above activities or more happening here, visit www.discoverburkecounty.com

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