Linville Gorge Wilderness, covering more than 12,000 acres, is laced with trails that wind through thickets of mountain laurel and descend to the depths of Linville Gorge—one of eastern America's most rugged and scenic gorges, frequently referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East." From the gorge's rim, you can get an awesome view of the Linville River 2,000 feet below. For primitive recreation in the wild, the isolated terrain includes primitive camping, strenuous hiking, backpacking, rock-climbing, and fishing for native trout and smallmouth bass. Stretches of virgin forest in this section of the Pisgah National Forest are full of rare and endangered plant species, and an assortment of wild game and non-game species. Rock formations such as Sitting Bear, Hawsbill, Table Rock, The Chimneys, and Shortoff dot the Blue Ridge landscape. At the top of the gorge, and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is Linville Falls, a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into the wilderness area.

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Review of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

Active and Adventure Review of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Rock Climbing,Trekking and Backpacking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Don't just settle for a photo of the Linnville Falls (accessible via three separate trails off the Parkway). Continue down into the gorge along the Linnville Gorge Trail and spend a few days backpacking here in solitary bliss. There are some 40 miles of trails that take you through some of the Southeast's best primitive backcountry.
  • The trails to the foot of Linnville Falls are steep and often slippery (particularly with wet fall foliage carpeting the ground). Wear sturdy shoes and descend carefully!

Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 316.3)
NC 1238, Kistler Memorial Highway
Linville Falls, North Carolina 28647

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (828) 652-2144
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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