Wiseman's View Recreation Area Trail

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Wiseman's View Recreation Area Trail is a 0.4 mile out and back trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

0.4 miles
52 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




Directions from Crossnore, NC: Travel SR 194 south to Three Knobs. Continue straight following signs to Blue Ridge Parkway. After passing the Parkway you will be traveling the Kistler Memorial Highway. Follow signs.

6 days ago

Not a hike but great view regardless. You can see Hawksbill, Table Rock and Shortoff on the other side of the gorge. I'd imagine it gets pretty busy in the summer.

6 days ago

Park and short stroll to a really great view.

27 days ago

pretty views and super easy walk in. great place to go to see the brown mountain lights!

2 months ago

3 months ago

Not a hike, but the views are amazing. Best time to go is fall, with gorgeous views of the foliage and linville gorge. Also the brown mountain lights can be seen from here at night. The best time of year to see them are also fall I have heard. I have seen them a few times myself! So strange!

6 months ago

6 months ago

Quick and easy. Not really a hike, since the path is paved and very gently sloped. The views up and down Linville Gorge are spectacular.

7 months ago


7 months ago

I am not rating this trail on the hike itself but on what awaits you when you get to the end of the short paved trail. It is just an awesome sight to view this beautiful Gorge from such a vantage point! I will definitely go back and take people with me! I might mention that the 4 mile ride on the dirt/gravel road is pretty tough and hard on your vehicle, just take it easy. There are lots of other wonderful trails of the access road.

8 months ago

A short walk to two amazing lookout points nearly 1500 feet above the Linville River and the deepest gorge in the eastern US. It is also a stunning vantage point for Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock. Not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway, head south from Linville Falls, NC and take a gravel Rt. 1238 for about four miles. For the most part it was not in bad shape during my visit in April, but I imagine it can be difficult after bad weather. It is definitely worth it though for that unbelievable view!

9 months ago

10 months ago

this was a beautiful area, small part was paved with some great views, we went off trail which led us us into some amazing climbs on rock faces, a great adventure!..i recommend it to all who enjoy going off grid and exploring

scenic driving
11 months ago

Short, paved, handicap accessible trail to the rim of the Linville Gorge. A great place to get an amazing view of the Gorge. I recommend driving in from the north end of old 105. The road can be in very bad condition, especially following heavy rains or snow.
The trail takes you right to the top of a cliff with open views down the gorge. Table Rock and Hawksbill mountains are just across the gorge from the viewpoints at the trail end.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Great views after a long drive on a dirt road in bad condition. The trail is short and easy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This is the most beautiful view I have ever seen! The height is unreal, and it is definitely worth the long dirt road drive up. It's a short walk which can be a good thing too!

off road driving
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Long drive, but an easy walk for a fantastic view!!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Do it if you are along the BRP. Great views for not a lot of effort


Friday, November 07, 2014

Easy walk to a gorgeous view!