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Pinch-In Trail

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Length

1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers

28%

Runnable

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Ascent

-1,668' -508 m

Descent

28%

Avg Grade (16°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

3,216' 980 m

High

1,548' 472 m

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A steep trail that leads from Memorial Highway directly to the Linville Gorge Trail.

Max Willner

Overview

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 — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Off-leash

Description [Suggest Changes]

The Pinch-In is a trail that leads from the Pinch-In parking area off of Memorial Highway (State Road 1238) to the Linville Gorge Trail, which is part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop. Trailhead parking is available off of the highway. The Pinch-In trail is perhaps the most popular trail to access the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop from the western side.

It's a very steep route that drops almost 1,800 feet in only a mile and a half. About half a mile into the trail, runners can climb a large rock above the trail that offers a nice view of the surrounding area. Shortly afterwards, the trail will continue to drop until it reaches Linville Gorge Trail.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

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.

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