Linville Falls Voted Favorite Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall

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Most Popular Waterfalls Revealed in Poll by Blue Ridge Parkway Daily

Linville Falls was voted the favorite Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall in a recent poll by The popular North Carolina destination gained 31 percent of votes, edging Looking Glass Falls at 20 percent.

The August 2013 poll of 338 votes showed a strong leaning toward North Carolina waterfalls, with seven of the top 10 being in the Tar Heel State. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, connecting the Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rounding out the top 10 were (3) Crabtree Falls NC - 13 percent, (4) Crabtree Falls VA - eight percent, (5) Graveyard Fields Falls - seven percent, (6) Cascades - six percent, (7) Skinny Dip Falls - five percent, (8) Fallingwater Cascades - three percent, (9) Glassmine Falls - two percent, (10) Apple Orchard Falls - two percent.

View the poll results and an infographic at

Linville Falls has long been a popular stop for Blue Ridge Parkway visitors. At Milepost 316, a spur leads from the Parkway to a Visitor Center where guests can take one of several trails to four different overlooks of the falls. Linville Falls is located an hour from Asheville and 45 minutes from Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

At 45 feet high, Linville Falls has the highest volume of water of any falls on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Asheville area boasts close proximity to many of the Blue Ridge Parkway's most popular waterfalls. Five of the Top 10 are within an hour drive of the city.

The Blue Ridge Parkway remains the most visited unit in the National Park Service with 15.2 million visitors in 2012. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the second most visited, welcoming 9.7 million last year.

Parkway visitor numbers were down in 2012 from the previous year. Parkway officials believe the lower numbers were due in part to Hurricane Sandy which blew through the area in October, the Parkway's busiest month.

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