“Wolf Pit Trail leads to the MST, beginning the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.”
— Max Willner
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Hunting and fishing are allowed, but permits are required. Camping is permitted in the gorge but permits are required from May 1 through October 31.
Need to Know
Due to the rugged backcountry conditions of the Linville Wilderness, it's a good idea to check in with the rangers and inform them of your travel plans. The Linville Falls Visitor Center is open April 15 - November 1, 9AM-5PM. Maps are available there.
From the Wolf Pit Road parking lot, runners will ascend roughly 800 feet in one mile. The trail will eventually connect to the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). For more information concerning the MST, please check out this page.
. At the end of the trail, hikers can head north towards Shortoff Mountain and Table Rock Mountain or south towards the Linville River.
This trail is a part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop
Flora & Fauna
Local flora - rhododendron, sand mrtyle, red chokeberry, azalea, turkey beard, bristly locust, yellow root, silverbell, orchids, ninebark, and wild indigo.
Local fauna - white-tail deer, black bears, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, as well brown and rainbow trout. There are also copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.
History & Background
Designated as a wild area in 1951 by the Chief of the Forest Service, the Linville Wilderness became part of the National Wilderness System after the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964. In 1984, the North Carolina Wilderness Act increased the acreage from 7,575 acres to roughly 12,000.