Linville Gorge and Surrounding Area Professional Review and Guide
"Linville Gorge and the wilderness area that surrounds it are among the most spectacular natural features in the eastern United States. The gorge, formed by the Linville River and starting at the Linville Falls, runs for about 15 miles to the head of Lake James. Elevations in the Linville Gorge area range from nearly 4,000 feet on the highest portions of the ridges to just over 1,500 feet near Lake James. The gorge itself and much of the land around it constitute Linville Gorge National Wilderness Area. Habitats: Hardwood forest, dry pine forest, Eastern hemlock forest, rhododendron thickets, mountain streams.
Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Black-billed Cuckoo; Chuck-will’s-widow; Whip-poor-will; Red-headed Woodpecker; Least Flycatcher; Louisiana Waterthrush; Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Kentucky, Canada, Hooded, Swainson’s, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, and Worm-eating Warbler; American Redstart; Summer and Scarlet Tanager; Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeak; Indigo Bunting; Orchard and Baltimore Oriole. Winter: Brown Creeper. Year-round: Ruffed Grouse; Peregrine Falcon; Common Raven; Winter Wren; Brown-headed Nuthatch; Red Crossbill."