LINVILLE GORGE TRAILS

The wilderness of the Linville Gorge is rich in both plant and animal life. There are five species of rare plants, several varieties of rhododendron, and virgin forests in the deep coves.

The rugged terrain has always made development difficult, and the wilderness designation now prevents development in the
gorge. Animal species include deer, bear, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, as well as brown and rainbow trout. Hikers should also be wary of copperheads and timber rattlers. Camping is permitted in the gorge, but permits are required from May 1 through October 31. It is always a good idea to check in with the rangers and let them know you are going into the gorge. The gorge is a rugged and wild place and visitors should treat the wilderness with respect. We highly recommend a stop at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, open April 15 - November 1 9AM-5PM. The center is well stocked with maps, and the rangers are a great source of "inside" information about the gorge. They will gladly treat you to some great tales about the gorge and the other nearby recreation areas.

Be forewarned, the Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the most remote, most rugged geographical locations in the entire Eastern United States, and in winter this is especially true. Use common sense regarding weather conditions. Trails within Linville Gorge are signed at the trailhead, but are not signed or blazed once inside the wilderness. You should be able to read a topo map and use a compass. (Hikers, campers, and rock climbers get lost within this wilderness area annually, and deaths are not uncommon.) Permits are not required from November through May 1, but backpackers are still only allowed to stay 3 nights and 2 days. Contact the U.S. Forest Service office, in Marion, for maps, trailheads, and details. For more information, call 828-652-2144.
 
 

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