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Linville Gorge Trail

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A beautiful backcountry trail that follows the Linville River; it is abundant with life.


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14.0

Miles

22.5

KM

Point to Point

3,270' 997 m

High

1,254' 382 m

Low

3,096' 944 m

Up

1,080' 329 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features 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.

Description

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.

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Max Willner

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The occasional river crossing is necessary - be sure to bring trekking poles and a waterproof bag!
Nov 20, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC
Rapids on the Linville River
Nov 20, 2017 near Spruce…, NC
Don't be afraid to wander off on some barely traveled side trails when you decide it's time to set up camp. Often times you'll find some very rewarding sites.
Feb 4, 2017 near Spruce…, NC
The occasional river crossing is necessary - be sure to bring trekking poles and a waterproof bag!
Nov 20, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC

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Jan 5, 2019
Kevin Heimbrook
4mi
Jun 24, 2018
Kiril Stoyanov
14mi
Feb 19, 2018
Adamson Bryant
with Ethan and Chris, didn’t follow this trail(or any trail) but was in Linville Gorge
May 26, 2017
Tyler Hoepker
Mar 9, 2017
Brian Thomason
Aug 3, 2016
Dylan Akers
Apr 30, 2016
Charles Pulse
4mi