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Linville Gorge Trail

 5.0 (3)

Length


14.0 Miles 22.5 Kilometers


3,096' 944 m

Ascent

-1,080' -329 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

3,270' 997 m

High

1,254' 382 m

Low

Shared By Max Willner

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Minor Issues 79 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

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

Max Willner

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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Jun 24, 2018
Kiril Stoyanov
14mi
Jun 23, 2018
Kiril Stoyanov
4mi
May 26, 2017
Tyler Hoepker
Mar 9, 2017
Brian Thomason
Aug 3, 2016
Dylan Akers
Apr 30, 2016
Charles Pulse
4mi
Apr 9, 2008
Scott Butler

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  5.0 from 3 votes

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