Welcome to Linville Gorge?I say "welcome" with a hint of sarcasm! The trails of Linville Gorge do not welcome you with open arms. On this 2 1/2 day backpack I found myself repeating this phrase - Welcome to Linville Gorge - on a number of occassions, particularly when we came across another log to climb over or under, or when we briefly lost the overgrown trail. I do love hiking in the big ditch, but it's difficult. These trails are the most rugged I've hiked on.
Linville Gorge does have a reputation for being rugged, and it is well deserved. The "maintained" trails are overgrown, unusually steep in many places and often difficult to follow. There are very few trail signs and these are typically at the trailheads, or trail terminus. Due to the lack of trail signs and the trails being overgrown, it is not surprising that a number of rescues occur each year.
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