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Wolf Pit Trail

 6 votes

Length

1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


Elevation

797' 243 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

2,598' 792 m

High

1,802' 549 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 25 days ago
Easy to lose the trail after the bridge. GPS was very accurate. if the trail seems unpassable, then you lost the trail. History

Getting forecast...

Wolf Pit Trail leads to the MST, beginning the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.

Max Willner

Overview

Hunting and fishing are allowed, but permits are required. Camping is permitted in the gorge but permits are required from May 1 through October 31.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

Due to the rugged backcountry conditions of the Linville Wilderness, it's a good idea to check in with the rangers and inform them of your travel plans. The Linville Falls Visitor Center is open April 15 - November 1, 9AM-5PM. Maps are available there.

Description

From the Wolf Pit Road parking lot, hikers will ascend roughly 800 feet in one mile. The trail will eventually connect to the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). For more information concerning the MST, please check out this page.. At the end of the trail, hikers can head north towards Shortoff Mountain and Table Rock Mountain or south towards the Linville River.

This trail is a part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.

Flora & Fauna

Local flora - rhododendron, sand mrtyle, red chokeberry, azalea, turkey beard, bristly locust, yellow root, silverbell, orchids, ninebark, and wild indigo.

Local fauna - white-tail deer, black bears, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, as well brown and rainbow trout. There are also copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.

History & Background

Designated as a wild area in 1951 by the Chief of the Forest Service, the Linville Wilderness became part of the National Wilderness System after the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964. In 1984, the North Carolina Wilderness Act increased the acreage from 7,575 acres to roughly 12,000.

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Apr 30, 2018
Sharon Gardner
Bruce, Wally, and Payton 3.7mi
Mar 10, 2018
Amber Rosado
Sep 23, 2017
Zack Sipper
Aug 28, 2017
Matt Insull
This trail lets you know what you are in for when doing the lynville gorge loop ahead. It’s all either uphill or downhill. But so worth it. Very pr… 1.1mi
Aug 18, 2017
Chandler Robinson

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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