Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

45 minutes in, 1-1/2 hours out. Beautiful old logging trail gives relatively “easy” access to Linville Gorge. Huge rock at bottom is nice picnic spot.

Solid hike - We hiked in 5 miles to the base of the chimneys and hiked out the next day. There are only a few water sources other than at the top so plan ahead.

A really great hike! Beautiful rododendrin(?) plants along the trail. Easy enough to hike all the way to the top and then to the bottom! Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in good views, water, and just good old north carolina topography.

Love this place!

This trail is by far my very favorite trail that I have hiked in NC. Great views I mean fantastic views of the gorge. Wild blueberries growing along side the trail. Great views of Lake James. Steep incline at first and then it flattens out at the top of the trail. There is a pond and shade at that point. This trail is spectacular in so many ways! My 14 yr old Dixie trekked it with me on her birthday. Happy Trails!

Nice, but a great deal of traffic.

backpacking
8 days ago

The views of St James Lake get better as you go further up the trail. Linville gouge is one of the first protected natural areas in the USA, and you will see why when you reach the top. Happy Hiking and don t forget you water

Was a little too much water to do falls with kids today but would try again

Nobody has apparently shared anything about this trail- about a solid mile is straight up hill no switchbacks. Based on what is generally rated as “hard” I would rate this as “extra hard”. Views were totally worth it though.

This is a fantastic out-and-back trail that climbs to the top of the south end of Linville Gorge with incredible views of the river below and the Gorge beyond.

First actual trip into the Gorge. My wife and I absolutely loved this little hike. We went after it had rained for a week and couldn't get to the base of the falls, but did get very close. Enjoyed it immensely and will return when it drys up. There are some rocks that should be approached carefully, but definitely doable.

hiking
21 days ago

Very beautiful. One of my favorite places to see. Easy to walk through and great pictures taken ! Camped out right next to the streaming water - must go !

One of my favorite hikes ever. Beautiful views of Linville Gorge. One you reach the top it’s an easy hike. Haven’t went all the way to table rock yet but half way

Easy trial (even though it was muddy and slick), beautiful falls

It earns it hard rating but the views are worth it! Not blazed and many fallen trees so stay on path. There are no easy crossings with the spence ridge bridge out and all the rapids, other crossings are not well marked. There are some non-rocky areas for tent camping around Babel Tower and about 4mi in from Pine Gap.

This trail was incredible! The views were amazing throughout the entire hike. Definitely a strenuous workout but well worth it.

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.

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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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