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Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

The "Grand Canyon of the East." Primitive recreation in a wild and isolated terrain. Strenuous hiking, back packing, rock-climbing and fishing for native trout. Stretches of virgin forest, rare and endangered species, assortment of wild game and non-game species. Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Linville Falls.

Permits ARE required.  Free permits are available May 1 through October 31st and reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.  Permits are issued to a visitor or group not to exceed one weekend per month and may stay up to three consecutive days and two nights.  Groups may not exceed 10.

Permits, maps and other information is available by calling the Grandfather Ranger District.  828-652-4841.  District office is located at 109 East Lawing Drive, Nebo, NC  28761.  Maps, books and additional materials are available at the district office.

Be prepared, call first and remember visitors are asked to minimize impact in the wilderness by practicing no-trace camping techniques. 

Access to Eastern Section of Gorge

From Marion, take U.S. 221 north to the Intersection of N.C. 183 at Linville Falls. Turn right on 183 and continue to N.C. 181. Turn right (south) on N.C. 181 and go 3 miles to F.S. Road 210 (Gingercake Road). rurn right onto F.S. Road 210. At the first fork, turn left and continue through the Gingercake Acres housing development.

The first parking area is for the Devils Hole Trail - approximately 2 miles from Gingercake Acres.

The second parking area is for Hawksbill (parking area on left and trail on right) - 1 mile from Devils Hole.

The third parking area is for Spence Ridge Trail and North Table Rock Trail - 1 mile from Hawksbill.

Continue 1 mile to the first intersection and turn right (you will pass the Outward Bound School sign). Stay on this road, bearing to the right, through several switchbacks and you will arrive at Table Rock Picnic Area.