Wiseman's View Recreation Area Trail

EASY 26 reviews
#6 of 15 trails in

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome view short easy walk and worth the drive on the dirt road for the view

walking
16 days ago

Great spot to experience Linville gorge if you aren't up for a hike. Very short walk and amazing views of the southern gorge. Tons of parking and outhouse available. No camping though.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

NOT a bad drive to the top. There are "regular" cars up here too. GORGEous views!!!!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Incredible view but the road up was like the surface of the moon. Lots of huge holes and giant rocks sticking out everywhere that left me with a leak in one tire. Do not recommend going up in anything but a 4wd vehicle!

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Park and short stroll to a really great view.

2 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

5 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!

8 months ago

hiking
8 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.

9 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
9 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.

walking
10 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!

11 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

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
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.