"A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path" source unknown
Known as the Grand Canyon of North Carolina, Linville Gorge contains the Linville River which drops some 2000 feet in 12 miles. While most of the terrain is step and difficult to traverse, there are some easy sections right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you are traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway then Linville Falls should be on your "must visit list" It is located at Mile Post 316.3 and has trails for all levels. There are several easy trails that offer great views above and below the waterfall. There are also more strenous trails leading down to the bottom of the gorge. Caution should be taken hiking in the gorge because of steep and rocky terrain. Swimming is not allowed at the Linville Falls, but you are allowed to fish in Linville River.
If you desire to spend more time in the gorge I should point out that this is a rugged and wild place and deserves a great amount of respect. Conditions change quickly and access in and out is limited. I suggest stopping by the visitor center for trail maps and information.
For those interested in camping at Linville Falls, a campground is located near the near the visitors center for both primative and RV campers.