Linville Gorge, NC: our favorite hiking trails, backpacking adventures and campsites

Linville Gorge hiking, camping & adventure guide: best hikes, trails and backpacking adventures

Explore the stunning Linville Gorge Wilderness near Asheville, hiking to stunning mountaintop views, exploring tumbling waterfalls and camping in prime backcountry campsites.

Tumbling waterfalls. Towering mountain summits. Sheer canyon walls. And mile after mile of exceptionally beautiful, rugged hiking and backpacking trails, exploring the gorge’s remote backcountry. The immense beauty, immense size and staggering depth of Linville Gorge are breathtaking, making it one of our favorite, adventure-worthy destinations in western North Carolina.

Explore waterfalls, whitewater and epic views from mountain summits at Linville Gorge, northeast of Asheville, NCAbove: explore the tumbling cascades of lower Linville Falls on the Plunge Basin Trail

The Linville River carves deep into the Pisgah Forest northeast of Asheville, making a spectacular entrance into the gorge at the plunging cascades of Linville Falls. From there, the river courses through the deep-cut gorge, flowing nearly 2,000 feet below the bordering mountain ridges. Rising high above the gorge floor, mountains, pinnacles and ridges offer epic, see-forever views from their summits, and birds of prey soar high in the thermal updrafts created by this rugged, dramatic landscape.

Explore  Linville Gorge in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest, hiking to waterfalls and lofty mountain summitsAbove: catch stunning views from the Table Rock Mountain summit

Linville Falls is an ultra-popular stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, well-loved for its moderately challenging, yet immensely breathtaking, hiking trails to Linville’s tumbling upper and lower waterfalls. The Linville Gorge Wilderness spans an incredible 11,000+ acres, rising high to mountain summits and plunging low into the whitewater-filled gorge.

Explore the gorge’s beauty on our favorite Linville Gorge hiking and backpacking trails. And extend the adventure with an overnight under the stars on the East Rim’s primitive backcountry campsites.

Linville Gorge: our favorite hikes and campsites

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