“A steep trail that leads from Memorial Highway directly to the Linville Gorge Trail.”
— Max Willner
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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
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.