Linville Gorge Wilderness
Pine Gap Trail
Pictures taken by: Amanda Tsiukes
Page created by:  John Ostrander

Trail Description:  The Pine Gap Trail is a moderate hike that takes you to the river.  Other than the trails around the falls, this trail is the easiest to reach the river.  The trail descends 300 ft. for 0.5 mi. until it reaches the river.  There are a couple of campsites on the river here.  The trail then ascends 180 ft. for 0.25 mi. until it reaches the Bynum Bluff Trail. This section of the trail is very rocky and steep in some parts.  Once you reach the Bynum Bluff Trail you can continue straight on the Linville Gorge Trail or ascend or descend on the Bynum Bluff Trail.

Directions: From Boone; Take NC 105 south, turn left at NC 181/US-221, keep straight on NC 181 south, turn right onto NC 183, turn left onto Kistler Hwy (Old NC 105), trailhead on left after 0.90 miles.

Difficulty Rating:


Moderately Steep

Rating Explanation:  This trail one of the easier decent trails into the gorge.  The trail descends at a moderate rate until it reaches the river, then becomes very rocky and steep in areas to reach the Bynum Bluff Trail and Linville Gorge Trail at the end.
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Pine Gap Trail
Decent Trail

One Way
0.73 mi.
301 ft.
-447 ft.
2,940 ft.
3,285 ft.
Yes, Linville River
Round Trip
1.46 mi.
748 ft.
-748 ft.

Resources: Items in Green are Downloadable

Google Earth Trail File (.kml)
Google Earth Park File (.kml)
Linville Gorge Map
Pine Gap Trail Topo Map
Linville Gorge Topo Map

Suggested Resources:

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #783
Photo Gallery
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Leaves falling over the Linville River.
Linville River

High Country Trails
For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker" and then click the arrow in the bottom of the right side to get directions from your home to the trail.

For Printable Topo Map: Please click here to view a printable version of this map.