Linville Gorge Wilderness Trail

Linville Falls, North Carolina

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Linville Gorge has been described as one of the wildest spots on the East Coast. Of the seventeen trails listed in the U.S. Forest Service’s Linville Gorge Wilderness Map, twelve are rated “Most Difficult” while the other five are “More Difficult.” Linville Gorge is eleven thousand acres of steep covered in jungle. The vertical forest floor is carpeted with numerous ferns and flowering plants, the understory thick with rhododendron and mountain laurel, and mammoth hemlocks puncture the mixed hardwood canopy. Because it is a wilderness, the trail is primitive—no signs, no blazes, no moving the trunk of a 300-year-old hemlock that’s fallen onto the path. There is no easy way into the gorge.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Linville Gorge has been described as one of the wildest spots on the East Coast. Of the seventeen trails listed in the U.S. Forest Service’s Linville Gorge Wilderness Map, twelve are rated “Most Difficult” while the other five are “More Difficult.” Linville Gorge is eleven thousand acres of steep covered in jungle.

The vertical forest floor is carpeted with numerous ferns and flowering plants, the understory thick with rhododendron and mountain laurel, and mammoth hemlocks puncture the mixed hardwood canopy. Because it is a wilderness, the trail is primitive—no signs, no blazes, no moving the trunk of a 300-year-old hemlock that’s fallen onto the path. There is no easy way into the gorge.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Linville Falls
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,302 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Local Maps: USFS Linville Gorge Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest; USGS Linville Falls, Ashford
Driving Directions: Directions to Linville Gorge Wilderness Trail

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