Linville Falls Recreation Area
fun for the whole family
The Linville Gorge is formed by the Linville River which runs between Linville Mountain on the west and Jonas Ridge on the east. The terrain is extremely rugged with elevations ranging between 1300 feet and 4120 feet. The forest is dense with Oak, Hardwood, Pine, Hickory, Birch, Sweetgum, Rhododendrons and other varieties of trees and plants. Linville Falls, NC was a popular resort destination long before the Blue Ridge Parkway was built. Fabulous waterfalls, clear waters, stands of virgin timber and the deep rugged gorge are all reasons why this area is such an amazing place to visit.
Linville Falls is an amazing waterfall 150 feet in height with the highest volume of water flow than any other falls on the northern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It starts with a twin set of upper falls and spirals through a small canyon where it then plunges 45 feet to the Linville River below.
The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, sometimes referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East" is located in Western North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest. Even though there were many eastern forests that were being logged around the turn of the century the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area was spared because the terrain here is so rugged . One of the few remaining old growth forests this area has some of the best remnant stands of uncut forest in the southern Appalachians.
Linville Gorge is one of the deepest scenic gorges in the eastern United States.
Many hikers, campers and rock climbers visit the Linville Gorge Wilderness area every year. The trail system spans 39 miles and is well maintained by the Grandfather Ranger District of the United States Forest Service and offers hiking that is strenuous and challenging for those who enjoy hiking.
Linville Falls Visitor Center offers maps of the area and hiking trails. It's open from April 15th to November 1st.