Trails in the Linville Gorge Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Linville Gorge Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Linville Gorge trailhead, see the Linville Gorge Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Brushy Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Views of Hawksbill, Table Rock, and Babel Tower.
  • 2mi, Climbs Steeply,

Bynum Bluff Trail

  • 1mi, ,

Cabin Trail

More Difficult
  • 0.8mi, Climbs Steeply,

Conley Cove Trail

  • 1.4mi, ,

Jonas Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • 2.4mi, Hilly,

Linville Gorge Trail

Most Difficult
  • 11.5mi, Climbs Gently, Very Rough

Little Table Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately,

Pinch In Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starting on the west rim of Linville Gorge at the parking area on Kistler Memorial Highway, the trail descends the gorge steeply all the way down to the Linville River 1700 vertical ft below. It passes first through some mid-elevation forested areas...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Pine Gap Trail

  • 0.7mi, ,

Rock Jock Trail

More Difficult
  • This interestingly-named trail descends below the rim of the Linville Gorge and travels along rocky outcrops for roughly a mile.
  • 2.8mi, Hilly,

Sandy Flats Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail may have been obliterated, and [sources say the Forest Service has no plans to re-establish it](
  • 1mi, Climbs Steeply,

Shortoff Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Connects the Wolfpit Road parking area at the edge of Linville Gorge Wilderness to the Mountains to Sea Trail about 2/3 of the way up Shortoff Mountain. Passes through an area that has been burned by wildfires repeatedly in the last 20 years, notably...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Spence Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.7mi, Climbs Steeply,

Table Rock Summit Trail

More Difficult
  • Rocky climb along the side of the eponymous mountain to its summit. Passes by a lot of neat rock features. There are fantastic views from the summit. Very popular; makes up the Table Rock Best Hike. Passes through varying forests and open areas...
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Nearby Trails

The following trails cross into this trailhead area, but are primarily accessed from another trailhead:

Erwins View Trail

  • This trail travels to four excellent views of the Upper and Lower Falls. The first overlook takes you to the pool at Upper Falls. From this vantage point you can see the river pouring into the narrorw gorge above the lower falls. The second...
  • 0.8mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Linville Falls Trailhead

Plunge Basin Trail

  • From the visitor center, this trail starts out fairly smooth through a forest of very large hemlocks and white pines to the junction with the Plunge Basin overlook split. The trail to the overlook is downhill and has some obstacles, but is well...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Linville Falls Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 4 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights** From Black Mounain Recreation Area by South Toe River in Pisgah NF to Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1: Climbs the ridge. From Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1 (NC-80) to Woodlawn Park (US-221): The MST leaves the...
  • 75.2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

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