Wilson Creek Gorge: When it comes to natural beauty, the Wilson Creek Gorge is unparalleled in regards to its bountiful supply of deep swimming holes, waterfalls, and long-range views of one of the most cherished wilderness areas in the High Country. The area is renown for its whitewater paddling opportunities at high water levels, but in the summer the area offers countless riverside boulders and swimming holes to kick back and relax.
Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 17 miles to Linville. Continue on Hwy 221 S and veer left onto Hwy 181 S toward Morganton. 12 miles of curvy roads later, make a left onto Brown Mountain Beech Rd, continuing 5.1 miles and veer left to stay on Brown Mountain Beech Rd. Follow to the many pull-offs along the river. The Wilson Creek Visitor Center is on the left a few miles upstream of the Wilson Creek Gorge.