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Best trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness ranging from 1.2 to 31.7 miles and from 1,276 to 4,166 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact
828-257-4200
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Top trails (46)
#1 - Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Enjoy a quick 2-mile round trip that climbs over 600 feet feet through rhododendron to a craggy summit and 360 degree views of Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. This hike to the summit of HaShow more
#2 - Shortoff Mountain
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
This is an unmarked section of wilderness hiking in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. From the base of Shortoff Mountain at the Wolfpit parking area, north to the base of the Chimney's is approximaShow more
#3 - Linville Falls Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
As of May, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Easy hike to a number of Linville Falls viewing platforms. TheShow more
#4 - Table Rock Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 51 m
This trail is only open between April-December. Camping is allowed anywhere but a permit is required Fri-Sun and on holidays. The paved road to the top also closes seasonally due to weather. You may nShow more
#5 - Babel Tower Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
In the spring wild flowers grow at trailside, and the views of the river at the tower are breathtaking. You are standing on a ledge about 400 feet above the river. You can also continue down to the rShow more
#6 - Linville Gorge Trail (Linville River Trail)
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 28.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Linville Gorge Trail (Linville River Trail) is a 28.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers aShow more
#7 - The Chimneys
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 56 m
The Chimneys is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#8 - Linville Falls via Plunge Basin Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
The trailhead directions on this page are off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which may be closed in the winter. You can get to this trailhead via the other visitors center nearby as well.Show more
#9 - Linville Falls Overlook Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 48 m
Linville Falls Overlook Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primariShow more
#10 - Erwins View Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 51 m
Erwins View Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
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