Linville Gorge Wilderness

Linville, North Carolina

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A 12,000-acre tract of designated wilderness, Linville Gorge lies between Jonas Ridge to the east and Linville Mountain to the west. The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the head of the gorge on the northwest, where the Parkway’s Linville Falls Recreation Area provides a nice glimpse into the chasm. Hikes include a wonderful roadside view trail and a variety of others into a wilderness chasm, varying from a down-and-back trip to the bottom of the gorge to a few circuit hikes. Even if you don’t venture into the gorge, the 0.2-mile trail to Wiseman’s View is a worthwhile side trip that will give you a feel for the gorge and its surrounding system of forest roads.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

A 12,000-acre tract of designated wilderness, Linville Gorge lies between Jonas Ridge to the east and Linville Mountain to the west. The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the head of the gorge on the northwest, where the Parkway’s Linville Falls Recreation Area provides a nice glimpse into the chasm.

Hikes include a wonderful roadside view trail and a variety of others into a wilderness chasm, varying from a down-and-back trip to the bottom of the gorge to a few circuit hikes. Even if you don’t venture into the gorge, the 0.2-mile trail to Wiseman’s View is a worthwhile side trip that will give you a feel for the gorge and its surrounding system of forest roads.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Linville
Distance: 0.2-9 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Access: Easy to Difficult
Additional Use: Swimming
Local Contacts: Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, 109 East Lawing Dr., Nebo 28761; (828) 652-2144. Stop by the forest service Linville Gorge information cabin, 0.5 mile on the right past the Linville Falls Trail; open Apr−Oct, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri−Sun; (828) 765-7550; ncmst.org
Local Maps: USGS Linville Falls and Ashford. The best map is the USDA Forest Service map of the Linville Gorge Wilderness. www.nationalforestmapstore.com/category-s/1844.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Linville Gorge Wilderness

Recent Trail Reviews

3/18/2012
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I've hiked several trails in this area. Hawksbill, Table Rock, Sitting Bear & Devil's Hole. The Devil's Hole was by far the hardest for me. It was hot, no air moving and I was not in the best of shape for this kind of hike but I made it!!! My favorites are the other three. Hawksbill, Table Rock and Sitting Bear all have Spectacular views and are not too strenuous or long.


5/22/2010
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I have not hiked the entire Linville Gorge, but I would have to say that what I have hiked of it was some of the most treacherous I've seen and some of the grades are crazy. Some scrambling is necessary at times. I would seriously rethink taking any small children, depending on which route you're going, especially if it's been raining and the ground is muddy. Depending on which trail you're on, it can get pretty hairy and one wrong step on some of the skinny, super-steep trails and you're down a ravine or falling and hitting your head on a rock. Otherwise, I say please go and enjoy some of the best views and craziest terrain east of the Missippi. Fantastic hiking here.


9/20/2009
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The best Family hike to date. The trail into the Gorge is just strenuous enough to make it worth it, but easy enough to bring the little one with you. Come early enough to spend plenty of time down at the river. There are plenty of climbing rocks and the river is has many great places to take a dip and cool off. Take a grill with you and cook some burgers to make a day of it.


7/25/2009
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We hiked down the conley cove trail at noon and dropped our packs at camp by the river and packed a small day pack for bouldering up stream and up linville gorge trail to the bridges...hiking back out of the gorge was pretty tuff in the summer heat but it was worth it!!!! Nice swimming and fishing holes there so bring your trunkx and fishin' pole.


10/31/2002
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We hiked into the Linville Gorge wilderness area from near the main parking area. We did a lot more then the 3 miles in this suggestion. It was a fairly easy hike. The problem with this hike is you are going down to a gorge. Which means you have to come back up. Also there was a massive forest fire in some areas of the wilderness back in the fall of 2000. Some of the Linville gorge trail had disappeared as a result. We hiked probably nine miles the first day even though the plan was only for 6. This was because we kept getting lost. Also, if yoiu decide to make qa weekend out of it, the pinch in trail (the southern most exit without leaving the gorge first) is the absolute hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It was about 2 miles of a 70 degree angle climb out. We went over 4000 feet in this climb. I would recommend this hike, but check with the Marion office of the forest service to make sure the trail has been re-blazed. The views of the river are incredible. There are massive boulders strewn along the river. The trail also climbs high above the river several times for some fantastic vistas.



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