Linville, North Carolina

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Linville River
Linville River
Linville is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°03′59″N 81°52′13″W / 36.06639°N 81.87028°W / 36.06639; -81.87028Coordinates: 36°03′59″N 81°52′13″W / 36.06639°N 81.87028°W / 36.06639; -81.87028
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyAvery County
3,665 ft (1,117 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
GNIS feature ID1021158[1]

Linville is an unincorporated community in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Centered just south of US 221 and NC 105, the community is known as a summer mountain resort and host of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the largest modern Highland games in North Carolina.


The community—at times known as Clay or Porcelain—was founded in 1883 and designed by Samuel T. Kelsey of Kansas,[2] and named for William and John Linville, who were killed by Cherokees in 1766.[3][4] The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") passed through the community from 1916 until 1940, when a major flood washed away the tracks.[5] The old rail route later became NC 105 in 1956.


Linville is located in eastern Avery County at 36°03′59″N 81°52′13″W / 36.06639°N 81.87028°W / 36.06639; -81.87028 (36.066389, -81.870278), in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is surrounded on all sides by mountains, these are: Grandmother Mountain (East), Flat Rock (Southeast), Pixie Mountain (West), Moore Mountain (Northwest), Brier Knob (North) and Grandfather Mountain (Northeast). Located east of the Eastern Continental Divide, most water drains into the Linville River, which traverses through the area, or either to Lake Kawahna (south) or Grandmother Lake (east).


Linville has four country clubs in the area: Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville Land Harbor Golf Club, Linville Golf Course and Linville Ridge; all open late spring to early fall. Adjacent to Linville is Grandfather Mountain, best known for its mile-high swinging bridge, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Linville Historic District, located between Hickory Lane and Mitchell Avenue, features various buildings built between 1892 and 1940.[6]

Health care[edit]

Linville has one hospital, Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital, that serves all of Avery County.[7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Linville, North Carolina
  2. ^ "North Carolina Scenic Byways" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  3. ^ "Linville, North Carolina Information".
  4. ^ "Linville Gorge Wilderness".
  5. ^ "East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC - Tweetsie)". Archived from the original on 2005-12-18.
  6. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-03-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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