The 12 mile gorge known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” is one of the North Carolina’s largest natural wonders.
The cliffs surrounding the gorge are 2,000 feet high, giving visitors great views of Hawksbill and Table Rock Mountains. Hikers can find many access points along the gorge, all of which descend steeply towards the river and connect to the 12 mile trail that runs the length of the natural feature. The gorge is great for fisherman, hunters, hikers, and adventurers alike. There’s something for everyone here.
If you enjoy camping, you’ll need a permit during the popular season. Permits need to be acquired May 1 through October 31. For the adventurer, there are numerous caves and rock formations few people have laid eyes on due to the determination and skill needed to access these North Carolina gems.
From Marion, take US 221 N to the intersection of NC 183. Turn right onto 183, and continue to NC 181. Turn South on NC 181 for 3 miles to Forest Service Road 210 (Gingercake Road). Turn right onto FS Road 210, and at the first fork, turn left.