Linville Gorge Loop

HARD 9 reviews
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Linville Gorge Loop is a 21.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Linville Falls, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
21.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

wildlife

bridge out

Rough terrain, primitive camping, beautiful vistas, strenuous climbs, cool features. You must be prepared and locate water sources ahead of time on topo maps. Trails are not clearly marked, but you can traverse them with a map.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing hike, did it in two days, with 15 miles the first day and rest the second. Started at 0900 camped around 1700 at a campsite by Cambric Branch on the west side of river. Beautiful views and challenging uphill sections. The route to the Chimneys is brutal if it's sunny and hot out.

hiking
22 days ago

Why is the "Lynville Gorge Loop" not available on the mobile app?? Very disappointed that the desktop version show it but not the mobile app.

camping
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 months ago

Best loop in NC!

backpacking
3 months ago

Loved this trail, did it with my girlfriend and dog. We did the trail counterclockwise starting from Wolf Pit Trail Head. The first night we camped right before the Table Rock split off. There are plenty of great campsites and there is a side trail that leads to creek for water. The second night we camped on the east side of the river

You do have to do two river crossings, this first one requires a quick swim, the second one more simple since the water is only ankle high.

The trail west of the river is not the best marked, chances are you will lose it. We climbed out of the gorge at pitch-in, the hiked out was very strenuous, we then walked along the road for about a mile and re-entered the trail at Mountain to Sea.

It's a tough trail, but there are great views and an awesome experience.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago