Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail is a 20.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linville Falls, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

20.6 miles 6023 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

U.S. Forest Service District Ranger, Route 1, Box 110A, Nebo, NC 28761. Phone (704) 652-2144

15 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Ticked bout eight miles in and out. Camped out by the falls toward the bottom near Devils Hole. Great hiking and climbing fer days.

hiking
2 months ago

Very difficult. Many waterfalls. Few people. Not a beginner hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

Completed the southern section of this trail when we did the southern loop. I give it a 3.5 only because I liked the Shortoff Mountain section WAY better. This trail didn't follow the river as much as I thought it would, and it is a slow go, as there are several obstacles to navigate. There are several nice places to stop near the river and grab a bite, and 5-10 campsites 3 to 7 miles south of Spence Ridge. Very peaceful though, as we only saw one other group the entire section.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Loved it!

9 months ago

Loved it. Very rocky

hiking
9 months ago

Thought the hike was boring. It was very crowded and you couldn't swim. The waterfall was tiny! The highlight of the hike was the over look which was beautiful. If you're in this area check out crab tree falls. That was an amazing waterfall and awesome hike!!

Spectacular wilderness. The trails are sometimes poorly marked, so it pays to keep your map handy. The area is suitable for day hikes or longer treks. Check with the forest service office in Nebo for a wilderness camping permit if you're planning to camp in the gorge. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on this planet.

11 months ago

great trail, check out babel tower and climb to the top for a rewarding view!

geocaching
11 months ago

Fairly strenuous hiking but beautiful views. Solid place for backpacking and day hikes.

hiking
1 year ago

geocaching
1 year ago

Fantastic challenge!! Beautiful!!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

This is an amazing trail with great views, dog friendly for the most part nice long peaceful trail @Megelkraut

camping
1 year ago

Treacherous between the falls and babel towers. I would suggest going in at Conley cove unless you are comfortable with thin trails on a steep mountain side. Beautiful raw country and a true experience. Hard to get to the water to fish.

camping
1 year ago

Strenuous, but well-worth the effort. There are spots where the trail narrows, and the overgrowth obscures where the trail continues. There are no blazes, so bring a compass for the assurance.

1 year ago

Beautiful scenery