This week, we pick up where we left off in our travels at The Pineola (RV Park, Lodge, and Cabins), exploring all the area has to offer!

Linville Falls

Linville Falls is a captivating natural wonder nestled within North Carolina's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, the falls cascade over a series of dramatic rock formations, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that draws hikers, nature enthusiasts, and photographers alike. The Linville River, flowing through Linville Gorge, gracefully carves its way through the rugged terrain, ultimately plummeting into the chasm below, where it splits into twin waterfalls—Upper and Lower Falls. The surrounding Linville Falls Recreation Area offers a variety of hiking trails, each providing unique vantage points of the falls and the awe-inspiring gorge, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a glimpse of nature's grandeur in the heart of Appalachia.

We took the Erwin's View trail, which is 1.7 miles from the Visitor Center. This trail is easy to moderate and takes you up to a spectacular view of the falls.

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain in northwest North Carolina is a remarkable destination, boasting incredible biodiversity and towering at an impressive 5,946 feet. Part of the United Nations' Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve, this ancient mountain is estimated to be around 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back an astounding 1.2 billion years. While one-third of the mountain is developed as a scenic attraction by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Inc., with proceeds dedicated to conservation efforts, visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including native wildlife exhibits, the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, hiking trails, and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, all offering breathtaking views. The remaining two-thirds of the mountain, owned by the state of North Carolina, provides a wild and undeveloped experience accessible only by foot, with rugged alpine trails leading through unique high-elevation terrain, making it a distinct destination in the Southeast.

We were primarily there to see the Mile High Swinging Bridge, and it did not disappoint! Suspended at an elevation of approximately one mile above sea level, this iconic bridge offers visitors a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience. Stretching 228 feet across a deep chasm, the bridge provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains

The Pineola

The Pineola RV Park and Cabins provide a serene and comfortable retreat in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Nestled amidst the region's natural beauty, this peaceful getaway offers a range of cozy cabins and spacious RV sites. Surrounded by lush forests and scenic mountain vistas, guests can unwind by campfires, explore nearby hiking trails, or enjoy the tranquility of this rustic yet well-equipped destination.

The Taproom / Lodge is great, and the adjoining deck is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. They also have entertainment there on some weekend nights.

Mind the Hump!

This is definitely an awesome place to stay in the area. But if you're in a large RV, beware of the road in and out of the RV area! The crest of the hump between the main road and the road to the RV area could be a problem if you have a low (drop frame) rv, like us. We scraped a little on the way out but had no damage.

UPDATE! The kind folks at The Pineola have come up with a parking guide for those with large RVs to take you around the hump. You can view and download the parking guide on their website here.

Pineola RV Parking Guide

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