Linville River (via Bynum Bluff)

Location: Northwest North Carolina
Trip Starts: Bynum Bluff Trailhead
Trip Ends: Bynum Bluff Trailhead
Total Distance: 2.2 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Pine Gap, Bynum Bluff, SR 1238
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Pisgah National Forest
Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761
(828) 652-2144


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.

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