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In all, we hiked six miles!
From the top of Shortoff Mountain (elevation 2,883 feet), soak in some of the most spectacular views in the North Carolina mountains, with sweeping vistas of Linville Gorge. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, is one of the wildest, most rugged gorges in the eastern United States. It's outdoor paradise for hikers and backpackers. - source