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Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

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48 mi 77 km of trail 2 Recommended Routes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 0 Trails Intermediate Trails 10 Trails Hard Trails 10 Trails

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Gems in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area - 3

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gem Favorite The breathtaking sight of Linville Gorge from Shortoff Mountain.

Shortoff Mountain View

(11) Glen Al…, NC
gem Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.

Table Rock Summit

(13) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Watching a mixture of fog and clouds dissipate as the sun rises above Linville Gorge. Those rolling clouds get misty - bring a rain jacket!

Big Flat Rock Overlook / Campsite

(8) Spruce…, NC

Recommended Routes in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area - 2

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Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km 4,723' Up 1439.6 m Up 4,722' Down 1439.31 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
Favorite “Cave” along Conley Cove Trail.
Difficult

Conley Cove

2.5 mi 4.0 km 1,025' Up 312.29 m Up 1,025' Down 312.37 m Down

Spruce…, NC

Trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area - 18

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7.7 mi 12.4 km #1Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 16 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #2Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 13 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #3Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 12 
14.0 mi 22.5 km #4Linville Gorge Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #5Conley Cove Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #6Pinch-In Trail
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 14 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7Chimbric Ridge Trail
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
1.3 mi 2.1 km #8Babel Tower Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
1.1 mi 1.7 km #9Wolf Pit Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 11 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Devil's Hole Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
4.1 mi 6.7 km #11Rock Jock Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
2.2 mi 3.5 km #12Jonas Ridge Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #13Bynum Bluff Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
2.2 mi 3.6 km #14Blue Dot Trail
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
2.6 mi 4.2 km #15Fonta Flora/MST Connector Trail
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
1.2 mi 1.9 km #16Little Table Rock Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
2.2 mi 3.5 km #17Brushy Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
1.5 mi 2.4 km #18Spence Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC

Photos of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area - 71

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Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Dec 2, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC
I awoke to one of the most beautiful views the first morning of our hike. I sat in the hammock and took it all in as I watched the sun rise over the horizon!
Feb 4, 2017 near Glen Al…, NC
Watching a mixture of fog and clouds dissipate as the sun rises above Linville Gorge. Those rolling clouds get misty - bring a rain jacket!
Nov 20, 2015 near Spruce…, NC
Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.
Aug 1, 2017 near Spruce…, NC
From Table Rock
Dec 3, 2015 near Spruce…, NC
The path behind Big Flat Rock Overlook that takes adventurous hikers up and over the campsite.
Dec 2, 2015 near Spruce…, NC
View from our campsite under the rock outcropping. Have to climb up a washout right before you get to table rock.
Apr 30, 2018 near Spruce…, NC
Grand view
Dec 30, 2019 near Spruce…, NC