“A beautiful backcountry trail that follows the Linville River; it is abundant with life.
— Max Willner
Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
The Linville Gorge Trail makes up the entire western portion of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop
. This is considered the most strenuous portion of the loop, and is not recommended for novice hikers as the trail is poorly marked (if at all) in many locations. Maps and a compass are strongly recommended or be sure to use the Hiking Project mobile app
Hikers will notice a great number of fallen trees in the area, due to the Southern Pine Beetle infestation.
This trail follows the Linville River for the most part, providing ample locations to replenish water. As always, please remember to use a filter - never drink water directly from the source.
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 as brown and rainbow trout. As for snakes, there are copperheads and timber rattlesnakes. Smaller fish and crawfish can also be found in the river.