Linville Gorge was the first Wilderness Area on the East Coast, approved by Congress in 1964. "The Grand Canyon of the East" was named for William Linville, a member of a party of long hunters in 1766 who fell victim to a Shawnee attack. The difficult terrain made early settlements nearly impossible and logging unprofitable, and it remains one of the few examples of old-growth forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unique rock formations, from Table Rock to the Chimneys, and miles of trails attract thousands of climbers, hikers and adventure seekers each year. In this revised edition, author Christopher Blake draws on American colonial reports, travel writings, diaries, fiction and numerous archival records to weave a narrative fabric of an American treasure.

Christopher Blake is a retired college English instructor and head of Friends of Linville Gorge, a nonprofit wilderness group based in Linville Falls and dedicated to gorge preservation and public safety and education. Mushroom forays and stunning vista views are among the free group activities offered by FOLG. Since 2006, when FOLG contracted with the U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District's Adopt-a-Trail program, the group has performed year-round maintenance on Devil's Hole Trail, adding Bynum's Bluff, Cabin and Babel Tower and other north gorge trails in 2014. River of Cliffs is a companion volume to Chris's 2009 Images of America book Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.


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ISBN: 9781625858849
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Published: History Press - July 24th, 2017