Explore the most popular forest trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

started hiking a bit after sunrise, didnt finish because i needed to be back by sunset. Trail had a lot of fallen trees across it and was kinda overgrown. got lost for a few miles and had to bushwhack back to trail because it isnt marked, probably almost died once or twice. 10/10 would recommend

Lower section of the trail down to the river bank has a few set of stairs and is fairly steep in places but a beautiful hike and with some scrambling on the bank you can make it to the base of the falls.

great trail with steep section at sitting bear. Much easier drive if you start from sitting bear or hawksbill and go out to gingercake. bonus if you add hawksbill-and lunch there-on the way back

stop at the visitor ctr and get the map, there is about 5 miles of easy trails here including a second little waterfall. spend a couple hours wandering and having lunch at the base, perfect way to start the day

amazing must see hike. initial ascent is a bit rough with rocky steps but then is an easy flat wandering along the edge of the gorge and through burnt rocky wilderness. went 3.8 miles out, tons of primitive campsites, before the trail began descending to the chimneys (and then back up to table rock)

Another short and sweet hike to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Popular spot, always busy. nice little loop

MUST SEE!! This is a great hike with amazing views. I would rate the last 1/2 mile of the trail on the upper end of the moderate scale due to it being fairly steep. Once at the bottom of the falls there are plenty of boulders to sit on, perfect for chilling out or photo opportunities.

Great hike!! One of my favorites in the area!! Definitely challenging but worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Challenging beautiful trail!! We did several of the trails in the area.

camping
15 days ago

Great hike ... if you can get across the river. When they say swim they mean it. There are times of the year it is impossible to cross because of the flow. Very few water resupply options from the top of Shortoff at the Wolf Pit entrance (the pipe) through to well past Table Rock. Saw more than a few people begging water up top. There is a source if you are desperate past the parking lot a couple hundred yards down the gully to the left of the access up to Table Rock where the trail breaks into two. Not a huge flow, but if you are desperate it works. Wide variety of camp sites. Permits needed on weekends in the summer.

hiking
15 days ago

Fabulous trail, but anyone who would call this moderate must be a mountain goat. At approx 600 metres of elevation change (I actually recorded it as 675 metres right to the river) this trail averages almost 25 percent slope, with more than half of the elevation change occurring in the middle third. I would say the more reliable rating is the “most difficult” one by the park service. Poles should be an absolute must for most people. Small rock outcropping about a third of the way down. Take the time to climb the outcropping. The views are worth it.

Excellent views! Easy trail!

Pretty hard hike but the payoff is worth the effort.

love this trail! perfect mix of climbing and level areas. look forward to doing this one again for sure.

Amazing view of the rushing water. Not too hard climbing back out. Long but not too steep

Would like to come back in the Spring or fall and do again. Great views from the ridge lines. Walking poles would be useful.

A much needed hiking reprieve after doing Grandfather Mountain the day before. This trail and the waterfall views were well worth the couple of small hills. Not terribly crowded on the sunday that we went but I could see it being very popular especially in the summer.

Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

This will always be one of my all time favorite trails. I have been hiking it since I was a kid and will always go back. There are some spots that get hairy for small kids, especially past Sitting Bear but my daughter loves it. The views are unbeatable. Love this place!

It was a great short hike, a little challenging if you are not in a decent shape. I loved it, the view was very beautiful.
The descent down is great, you can relax near the water and dip your feet it in while listening to the water roar around you. The climb back out of the gorge is a nice little work out.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are just looking to hike down into the Gorge there are better routes with better views. If you want to camp this is a great trail there are several spots next to cascades. This reminds me a bit of Harper Creek Falls trail but without the payoff of a 3 tier fall. Also bridge is out at bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked all the way down to the bottom of the waterfall. Absolutely gorgeous hike. Steep incline in some areas but family friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Be ready for the stairs but the rest is easy.

Beautiful and strenuous hike. Worth every minute. Wear waterproof hiking boots and make sure you have strong traction. About .5 miles into the hike it gets strenuous. Lots of mountain climbing.

Easy access and ability to connect to Celestial Point makes this the best!

My boys and I had an awesome time on this hike. Beautiful from start to finish. Pretty strenuous but not terrible (and I’m not an avid hiker). Will definitely do this again.

easy hike to sitting bear rock after that it gets very steep then levels back out. great views along the way though

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

backpacking
1 month ago

Best loop in NC!

Fun trail with lots of views of the falls.

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