It’s known as the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. Once you see McAfee Knob you’ll know why, as this unique rock outcropping near Roanoke, Va., offers astounding views of the Catawba Valley, North Mountain, Tinker Ridge, and on clear days, even the Roanoke Valley. The easiest access is a 3.5-mile A.T. jaunt that…

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From its source on Grandfather Mountain, the Linville River flows into Lake James at the edge of the Piedmont. Along the way, it has sculpted a breathtaking gorge framed by Jonas Ridge on the east and Linville Mountain on the west. Located in the vast Pisgah National Forest, the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is home…

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