Linville Gorge Trail (Linville River Trail)

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Linville Gorge Trail (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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
20.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4350 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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

backpacking
1 day ago

Awesome trail, challenging for sure but some really nice spots to relax and camp out. Stopped by the ranger office in Nebo and scooped a map which is a necessity out there. You need a compass and a map and you'll be good. Parked the car and began the trail at Conley Cove until we got to the Linville Gorge Trail. Took that for a while and found a good campsite. Continued the following day and camped around the Brushy Ridge area. Took the trail from Babel Tower out to the 105 dirt road and hiked that back down to the car at Conley Cove. Would definitely recommend this trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Holy smokes was this a tough but amazingly beautiful trip. There is no "true loop" as you have to make your own by piecing together different trails. We started at Pine Gap and made our way down to reach the Linville Gorge Trail. If you aren't careful it's easy to get lost and turned around as there are no blazes... ever. We created our own map by piecing together multiple different ones we found online. We camped along the river after hiking about 8 miles the first day, it was grueling and we are pretty avid backpackers! Planned on crossing the river to meet up on the other side of the gorge making a loop but what no one tells you is the river is a RAPID. The trails marked with river crossings were so bad we ended up just hiking down the river to Conley Cove trail and walking back to our car at Pine Gap. It was the hardest hike I've ever done. If you plan on coming here, which you should because it is INCREDIBLE, please be prepared.

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4 months ago

Tough trail going down and up but the reward when you get to the bottom of the gorge at the waterfall is well worth it

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6 months ago

Go in the spring when the mountain laurels were blooming. It's stunning. Go to the bottom of the falls and swim.

8 months ago

Man I hope you're in good shape... #cabintrail

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10 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
11 months ago

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

backpacking
Monday, November 14, 2016

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.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Loved it!