Linville Gorge, Linville Falls

The Linville Gorge Wilderness is the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina and one of only two wilderness gorges in the Southern United States . Maintained by the United States Forest Service, it comprises 11,786 acres around the Linville River, and is situated inside the Pisgah National Forest. The river is approximately 1,400 feet below the ridge, thus hiking in and out of the Gorge is challenging and enjoyable for those who like serious hiking. The plant and animal community is extremely diverse, with a dense hardwood/pine forest and a wide variety of smaller trees and other plants as well as bear, fox, raccoon, trout, grouse, wild turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, copperheads, and timber rattlesnakes.
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  • We recently traveled to the Linville Falls and were not disappointed. There are several options and vantage points to observe the river and falls. We unfortunately had to go on a rainy afternoon but s...  more »
  • Linville Gorge is a really beautiful place, and if you don't mind a little sweat and you've got good knees, be sure and hike down to the bottom of the gorge. The view upstream is beautiful! The hike i...  more »

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