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Linville Gorge -- often called The Grand Canyon of the Southeast -- is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Linville Gorge Wilderness encompasses the wild backcountry on either side of the Linville River, which carved the Gorge over millions of years. Trails in the gorge are rugged -- bring your hiking poles if you use them.

backpacking
5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Very treacherous climb back out especially if you take the side trail to the falls. Bring plenty of water. Be very careful coming back out, very easy to take the wrong trail and get lost. I did. But all trails will get you back to the road evidently. Take a map with you. I ran into a lot more hikers than expected which turned out to be a good thing, they helped me find my way out.

Great trail! Beautiful falls and great place to lounge on rocks and play in the water. Moderate intensity, lots of rocks and roots along the trail. Will hike again soon for fishing with the fam.

Not a hike but great view regardless. You can see Hawksbill, Table Rock and Shortoff on the other side of the gorge. I'd imagine it gets pretty busy in the summer.

Super fun and pretty quick. Straight down descent and ascent, so it might be hard on your knees but the rock tower and views from inside the gorge are worth it!

Park and short stroll to a really great view.

hiking
8 days ago

Tough hike for any beginners.
Big payoff if you climb up to the top of the tower.
Take plenty of water. You will need it for the hike back uphill to Old Hwy 105.

9 days ago

Fantastic! First leg from Wolf Pit Rd trailhead is no joke. All uphill, but with great views from multiple points, easy to stop and take it in(catch your breath). Water can be seasonaly scarce on Shortoff, so plan ahead. Shortoff offers phenomenal views with a variety of campsite options. Can't wait to go back!

I love this trail but your directions (if you are coming from the west or live in McDowell) take you way out of the way! Just head out 70 from town and catch 126. Go out 126 past the state park and Paddy's Creek and turn left onto Wolfe Pit Road.