Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail is a 20.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linville Falls, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

20.6 miles 6026 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Linville Gorge Trail is a 11.5 mile trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for birding, camping & hiking and is accessible year-round.

backpacking
19 days ago

Completed the southern section of this trail when we did the southern loop. I give it a 3.5 only because I liked the Shortoff Mountain section WAY better. This trail didn't follow the river as much as I thought it would, and it is a slow go, as there are several obstacles to navigate. There are several nice places to stop near the river and grab a bite, and 5-10 campsites 3 to 7 miles south of Spence Ridge. Very peaceful though, as we only saw one other group the entire section.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved it!

5 months ago

Loved it. Very rocky

hiking
5 months ago

Thought the hike was boring. It was very crowded and you couldn't swim. The waterfall was tiny! The highlight of the hike was the over look which was beautiful. If you're in this area check out crab tree falls. That was an amazing waterfall and awesome hike!!

6 months ago

Spectacular wilderness. The trails are sometimes poorly marked, so it pays to keep your map handy. The area is suitable for day hikes or longer treks. Check with the forest service office in Nebo for a wilderness camping permit if you're planning to camp in the gorge. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on this planet.

7 months ago

great trail, check out babel tower and climb to the top for a rewarding view!

geocaching
7 months ago

Fairly strenuous hiking but beautiful views. Solid place for backpacking and day hikes.

geocaching
1 year ago

Fantastic challenge!! Beautiful!!

hiking
1 year ago

This is an amazing trail with great views, dog friendly for the most part nice long peaceful trail @Megelkraut

camping
1 year ago

Treacherous between the falls and babel towers. I would suggest going in at Conley cove unless you are comfortable with thin trails on a steep mountain side. Beautiful raw country and a true experience. Hard to get to the water to fish.

camping
1 year ago

Strenuous, but well-worth the effort. There are spots where the trail narrows, and the overgrowth obscures where the trail continues. There are no blazes, so bring a compass for the assurance.

1 year ago

Beautiful scenery

hiking
1 year ago

Gorgeous gorge. We hiked down through about five miles to the gorge the first night and found the best campsite right by the river. And the second night we hiked all the way up to the top of a mountain to found another great campsite. Breathtaking area.

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail. Strenuous at times with steep elevation changes. Offered many camp sites, but make sure you get a permit before camping overnight in the gorge!

Anyone know about fishing along the trail?

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail. Excellent places to throw your tent up.

camping
1 year ago

It was a nice trail.

birding
1 year ago

I love this place. I've hiked here a few times and it's a steep trail in and out but totally worth it and honestly one of the only trails near Boone that is a challenge.

camping
1 year ago

Linville gorge trail was very overgrown. We hiked down on the west side on babel tower trail and went south, getting smacked in the face constantly by foliage. There were dead trees all over the trail. I recommend starting at Conley cove and hiking south where the trail was much more open.

1 year ago