Linville Gorge, oh what a beautiful place. With the busy fall wedding season fast approaching, it can be hard to find a free weekend. This past weekend though, we were able to take my younger siblings (John and Amelia) to the mountains for a early/late birthday celebration for the both of them and Erik's brother Zach came along too. With only a general idea of where we were going and no particular campsite picked out, we crossed our fingers and headed toward the gorge. Now this was the first time we had ever been to Linville Gorge and I was honestly quite worried that we wouldn't be able to find a campsite at all. Not long after pulling into Pisgah National Forest, we found a spot off a secluded gravel road and started making it home just before dark.
The next morning, we woke up to a little bit of rain, but it eventually it moved on and we started our hike to the top f Hawksbill Mountain.
Now I didn't do much research on the trail to Hawksbill Mountain, so we were pleasantly surprised when we got to the top by how "gorge"ous it was! See what I did there? It's a pun cause it's a gorge and it's gorgeous... oh you get it, never mind :)
We eventually ran out of water and were forced to go all privative and collect drinking water out of a nearby stream...well I guess it wasn't really that privative since we ran it through Zach's fancy water filter first. It honestly tasted cleaner than our bottled water.
Just before sunset, we went scouting for future campsites and hiking spots at nearby Table Rock. The views there at sunset are just incredible!