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Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

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Address: Linville, NC
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+1 828-652-2144

This area, which offers hiking, camping, birdwatching and wildlife, was...

This area, which offers hiking, camping, birdwatching and wildlife, was named for William Linville who was killed here by Indians in the 1700s.

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So much to see

There is so much to see and do here we barely scratched the surface in the short time we had. I am not from the area and was a little confused because there are two different ways... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much to see and do here we barely scratched the surface in the short time we had. I am not from the area and was a little confused because there are two different ways to reach the popular Linville falls area at the head of the gorge. There is a gravel forest service road off NC183 to... More 

Thank Paul S
Marianna, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area with lots of places to hike! The lower falls is quite easy, but the two higher ones are pretty strenuous. There are views from all three trails. I was disappointed the bathrooms were closed and no maps were available at the entrance, but it was free! : )

Thank Dchaney17
Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so glad we spent half a day hiking the trails at Linville Falls. Fresh air, exercise, took some great photos and saw some beautiful scenery. You should definitely stop here and check it out.

Thank graciesfriends2017
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We were told about this Gorge and so glad we didn't miss it. Traveled down a well traveled well maintained gravel road for several miles to the Wisemans View. A short walk down a paved path was unbelievable. Also, handicapped accessible. Many folks miss this one but glad we didn't. Also has campsites and several hiking trails along the way.... More 

Thank Kathryn B
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We made a half-day trip here for the falls/gorge and caverns. All were enjoyable, but nothing overly spectacular. I would say if you have time, it's a lovely trip with some nice views and hikes. If you can't fit it in, it's not the total end of the world.

Thank Melissa W
Durham, NC
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

It's touristy and somewhat crowded, but if you hike far enough, you leave behind the unhealthy crowd and can enjoy some stellar views.

Thank Greenforce
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Walked the 0.4 miles to the falls. It is so pristine. The air is crisp, the trees are gorgeous and the bonus - it's all free!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Bring your hiking shoes and prepare for a walk on the wild side. The trails are clearly marked and are an easy enough trek with beautiful views . HOWEVER, keep your children close! Some of the lookout points are NOT child friendly and can be dangerous! With that said, once we established some safely guidelines we really enjoyed our afternoon... More 

Thank Rosa C
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We walk thru the trails at Linville falls. There were 3 different views of the falls. Tails are easy to follow and the views are worth the walk. There is parking available at different areas, and directional signs not to get lost. Great experience.

Thank Lill135
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The Linville falls are a beautiful spot for hiking and getting some great pictures. The trails can be accessed from the national park or the national forest parking areas. The national forest parking area can be accessed even when Blue Ridge parkway is closed. The hike to the various viewing areas is moderately difficult, requiring some climbing over rocks or... More 

Thank Atlcruizr

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