Friday, April 29, 2016

Linville Gorge Celebrates Spring With New Information Cabin & Ranger-led Hikes

The Linville Gorge, located on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, is gearing up for spring with the opening of the Linville Information Cabin, a Spring Celebration with ranger-led hikes, and the beginning of Wilderness permit requirements.

The Linville Gorge Information Cabin, located at the north end of Old Hwy 105, provides visitors with area information as well as maps and merchandise for sale. The Information Cabin opens today, April 29th, for the season. The cabin will be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am – 4pm through October.

This year marks the first year of an exciting partnership with the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) for operation of the Information Cabin. SAWS information specialists will be staffing the cabin and are able to provide first-hand knowledge of area trails, camping recommendations, and Wilderness principles.

To celebrate the spring season and provide information to the public, the US Forest Service and SAWS are hosting the Linville Gorge Spring Celebration on May 7th from 10am to 2pm at the Information Cabin. The Celebration will include ranger-led talks on Wilderness skills and natural history of the Gorge, as well as information from area groups.

In order to maintain solitude in the Wilderness, the Forest Service limits the number of people camping in the Linville Gorge. Permits for camping in the Wilderness are required on weekends and holidays May through October. Visitors can reserve permits for the following month by contacting the Grandfather Ranger District Office. For example, permits for June can be reserved starting May 1st. A limited number of additional permits will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Information Cabin each Friday starting at 10am.

For more information contact the Grandfather Ranger District at 828-652-2144.


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