Conley Cove Trail (1.35 miles) The heavily used Conley Cove Trail intersects with the Rock Jock Trail, which runs the rim of the canyon for roughly one mile before cresting back to the top of the gorge. Conley Cove leads to the mighty Linville River and some of the best swimming holes around. This trail is the best route and easiest way to make your way down to the Linville Gorge Trail which runs the length of the river and provides beautiful views of the cliffs that surround the river. Camping is permitted year round and offers numerous established camps along this section of the river, definitely our favorite spot for summer trips and fishing.
Rock Jock Trail
The Rockjock Trail resides in the southwest quadrant of the Linville Gorge Wilderness. This 2.8 mile trail hugs the cliffs of the gorge’s Gold Coast offering stunning views to the north, south and east. There are several spur trails to a number of side canyons leading to the cliffs, including Sunshine Point, Zen Point and Razor’s Edge, among others. Dogback Mountain can also be reached from the Rockjock. The trail is rugged in parts but opens up to stunning view of Table Rock and Hawksbill, camping is also permitted on Rock Jock throughout the year. It's one of our favorite trails in the Linville Gorge.
Table Rock Mountain Trail
Table Rock Mountain is the jewel of the Linville Gorge towering above at 4,100 feet. The trail head begins at the paced parking lot of the Table Rock picnic area and climbs steeply a .5 mile in of the 2 mile long trail to the summit. Once atop Table Rock you have 360 degree views of the surrounding Gorge and peaks. Table Rock is a popular destination for rock climbing with it's vertical granite walls, camping is also permitted on Table Rock throughout the year and very accessible to groups of all ages.
One of the most pristine peaks in all of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, the summit tops out at 4,020 ft. The trail leading to the summit is a 1 mile uphill climb that joins the Jonas Ridge trail about a .5 mile in. Hawksbill is accessible throughout the year and offers expansive views of the Gorge below, camping is also permitted on the mountain. Definitely one of our favorite hikes in Western North Carolina.
Pinch In Trail
Pinch In Trail (1.5 miles): The last trail out of the gorge on the west side is a notoriously steep and rugged trail that descends more than 2,000 feet in just over a mile. It is one of the most scenic trails in the Linville Gorge as you descend the cliff side vistas with amazing views of Table Rock and surrounding peaks. This trail also leads to the mighty Linville River in a short steep distance. Camping is permitted year round with a few established campsites along the trail. Our favorite spot on the western rim of the Gorge.
Linville Falls (2.8 miles): This hike offers five different perspectives of the waterfalls in two short sections. The first section, known as the Erwins View Trail, takes you to three overlooks where you'll appreciate the power of the water that carved the gorge (1.8 miles RT). The second section offers views of the lower falls as it plunges into a basin and then into Linville River itself (1.0 mile RT). Additionally, there's another trail (1.4 miles RT) that leads you to Linville Gorge from this trailhead as well. The falls are accessible from two different parking areas that vary on distance and difficulty on the hike. Camping and swimming are permitted in areas of the falls that are clearly marked. This is a must see for anyone who makes the trip to the Gorge.