Linville Gorge Wilderness Hike

Morganton, North Carolina

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Take a hike in legendary Linville Gorge to the Tower of Babel, where fantastic views await from a stony perch deep in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Travel along the gorge slope on a rugged path that makes for slow going. Pass a river access and panoramas of the gorge, as well as a waterfall and big pool. Your ultimate destination is worth the challenging trail. The Tower of Babel is a notable stone knob nearly encircled by the Linville River. Soak in views of the wild canyon and mountains in the distance. Linville Gorge is a “must”-hiking destination for residents of greater Asheville. The deeply carved valley is a federally designated wilderness and certainly exudes qualities expected in such an untamed place. The terrain is rugged and rocky, and wildfires regularly sweep through the gorge. The Linville River slices its way through a brawling chaos of rocks, boulders, and cliffs, occasionally slowing in inviting pools, then hurtling through unruly rapids. The trail system reflects the wild and rugged nature of the gorge.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Take a hike in legendary Linville Gorge to the Tower of Babel, where fantastic views await from a stony perch deep in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Travel along the gorge slope on a rugged path that makes for slow going. Pass a river access and panoramas of the gorge, as well as a waterfall and big pool. Your ultimate destination is worth the challenging trail. The Tower of Babel is a notable stone knob nearly encircled by the Linville River. Soak in views of the wild canyon and mountains in the distance.

Linville Gorge is a “must”-hiking destination for residents of greater Asheville. The deeply carved valley is a federally designated wilderness and certainly exudes qualities expected in such an untamed place. The terrain is rugged and rocky, and wildfires regularly sweep through the gorge. The Linville River slices its way through a brawling chaos of rocks, boulders, and cliffs, occasionally slowing in inviting pools, then hurtling through unruly rapids. The trail system reflects the wild and rugged nature of the gorge.

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Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District, 109 Lawing Drive, Nebo, NC 28761, (828) 652-2144, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Maps: National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell, Pisgah National Forest; USGS Linville Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Linville Gorge Wilderness Hike

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