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
6023 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

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2 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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4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

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9 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.

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9 months ago

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

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11 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.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Loved it!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Loved it. Very rocky

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

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!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

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.