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

0.4 miles
45 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



partially paved


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.

18 days ago

Not a hike whatsoever but it’s a great place to bring those who have a hard time getting around to view the gorge. The road in can be a little rough from time to time for cars but absolutely not impossible.

2 months ago

My husband found this place on TripAdvisor, and we decided to make the trek. The road is very bumpy but we made it fine in our mid sized front wheel drive SUV. Beautiful views! We arrived at about 9:30am and had the whole place to ourselves. It was great!

3 months ago

Never made it to Wisemans View Rd. If you don't have four wheel drive I wouldn't try it. Got about halfway and hit a uphill spot with loose sand and gravel. My vehicle decided it was not going to make it up that hill. Had to back into a camping spot to turn around. Saw quite a few suvs and a jeep that had also turned around.

4 months ago

This place is awesome! Best view!!! You can hike all along the gorge and catch overlooks every 1/4 mile or so. No cost to get in and lightly trafficked. Road to get there is a little rough so don’t bring a little compact car like we did the first time.

5 months ago

The road is pretty gnarly right now, go slow. Really low cars might not make it through the holes and rocks. Still lots of great places to stop and camp along the way and then a beautiful scenic payoff. Very easy hike that takes less than 5 minutes.

6 months ago

Beautiful views!

6 months ago

never made it, my 2004 toyota sienna sounds like it now needs new ball joints. road is bad and just past cabin trail it turns into hell. we settled on doing cabin trail to LGT and cabin was hell coming back up so its proof hell does exit.

7 months ago

One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in WNC ❤️ Absolutely stunning! BUT...the very bumpy gravel road it takes to get there is a little sketchy!! We drove our Xterra with no problems and we saw minivans, old cars, and Jeeps driving it too...it looks scarier than it is but just wanted to forewarn. The trailhead is marked very well from the gavel road so you can’t miss it! A definite must see—easy walk!

7 months ago

must add this stop if you're in the area. short easy paved walk to 270° views of the gorge

8 months ago

Had a nice picnic with my gf and new born son overlooking the unbelievable view. Amazing!

9 months ago

Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

10 months ago

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Easily walked paved trail, perfect for the whole family.
Road is rough and steep in some spots to get there though.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

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!

Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Park and short stroll to a really great view.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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!

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.

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!!!!

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