“A backcountry trail near the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.”
— Max Willner
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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
This is a relatively difficult trail that may prove difficult to traverse due to weather, shrub overgrowth and multiple switchbacks. Bringing a map is highly recommended.
There are several primitive campsites along Rock Jock Trail, but access to water is limited.
The trail connects with Conley Cove Trail
, which leads down into the gorge to 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 as brown and rainbow trout. There are also copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.