Pine Gap and Bluff Trail

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Pine Gap and Bluff Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
767 feet

dogs on leash






over grown


7 months ago

Nice trail. Anyone in moderate shape can do it but you must have confident footing. The trail is much deeper coming up that it is going down and it can get muddy, but worth the effort. Several nice camping spots along the river and along the bluff trail.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail that presents a pretty good challenge, especially for backpackers.

Friday, May 26, 2017

If you start this loop at the Bynum trailhead, it might be easier coming back to the car (see my recording). In any way to do the full loop you need to walk on the road 0.6 miles, which is OK after a rain, but it will be very dusty otherwise. Explore also along the river.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

nice short trail some cool camping spots on the bluff trail . the pine gap part of this trail is challenging. when you start on pine gap the trail it will meet with. bluff trail out in the woods bluff trail leads you back to the road where it's trail head starts . when I get there I walk back down the road where pine gap trail head is which is where I park . so with that said the trail doesn't exactly loop . it brings you back to road from each trail head the two trails just meet each othere out in the woods they dead end into each othere. hope I explained that right and I didn't confuse anyone.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

It was a great hike with my wife. A little narrow in some spots and ice build up on the rocks. Other than that it had good footing. Recommend good hiking sneaker/shoes for traction.

Monday, October 24, 2016

This is a nice trail. It is much less trafficked then linville which is just down the dirt road. During our hike we saw 3 people on this trail. The trail ends at the river and is a neat area to explore.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Great little hike. Only hiked Pine Gap down to the water to camp. Honestly, the map provided by the national forestry sites dont give alot of detail. However, you shoot through the Linvile falls Trails, on your way back to the parking lot, veer left towards the gravel parking lot. Once there, make a left down the dirt road. You will pass 1 information center/booth with bathrooms on your rightabout .5 miles down. After the info book, go another .5 miles down and the Pine Gap Trailhead will be on your left-hand side. It may be easy to find for most but since this was our first time out, we had a hard time reading the map. Hope this helps on the next couple. Camping right on the water was an absolute joy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Great 2 hour hike! Recently maintained by Friends of Linville Gorge and well marked.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Great loop trail! Make sure to go down to the river too!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Great hike down to the river. Fairly primitive trail but all my kids made it down and back! (Ages 13, 9 and 6).

10 months ago

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