MORE INFORMATION: Pisgah National Forest Grandfather Ranger District 109 East Lawing Drive Nebo, NC 28761 (828) 652-2144
HIGHLIGHTS: The Linville Gorge Wilderness in the mountains of western North Carolina is part of the Pisgah National Forest and it covers 10,975 acres of dense hardwood and pine forest. The gorge is formed by Jonas Ridge on the east and Linville Mountain on the west and it is bisected by The Linville River at 1,300 feet. The terrain is extremely steep and rugged, and it rises to 4,120 feet at Gingercake Mountain, the highest point in Linville Gorge. These features are ideal for hiking, backpacking and rock climbing and the area has roughly 39 miles of wilderness trails to explore.
The area is named after explorer William Linville who with his sons was scalped by Indians in 1766 in the gorge. Today, the primary challenge is route finding as some trails are quite steep and meander through dense forest. Novice hikers often get easily disorientated, so make sure to take a map, compass, and/or GPS on your trip.