Linville River

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Linville River
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Linville River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Avery, Burke
 - left Little Grassy Creek, Big Grassy Creek, Stacey Creek, Cow Branch, Buckwheat Branch, Canoe Branch, Camp Creek[disambiguation needed], Gulf Branch, Bull Branch, Chimney Branch, Cambric Branch
 - right Linville West Fork, Jenny Branch, Crossnore Creek, Bill White Creek, Golden Creek, Shooks Creek
 - location Avery County, NC
 - coordinates 36°07′23″N 81°50′44″W / 36.12306°N 81.84556°W / 36.12306; -81.84556
Mouth Catawba River
 - location Burke County, NC
 - coordinates 35°44′35″N 81°50′11″W / 35.74306°N 81.83639°W / 35.74306; -81.83639Coordinates: 35°44′35″N 81°50′11″W / 35.74306°N 81.83639°W / 35.74306; -81.83639

The Linville River is a river in western North Carolina. The river begins in the slopes of Peak Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Flattop Mountain, in the Linville Gap (area also known as Tynecastle). As it goes south through Avery County, it passes through the communities of Grandfather, Linville, Pineola, Crossnore and finally at Linville Falls. After entering Burke County at the community of Linville Falls, the river becomes the centerpiece of the Linville Falls and the Linville Gorge, an area referred to as "the Grand Canyon of North Carolina." After approximately 30 miles (48 km), the river ends at Lake James and the Catawba River; the original confluence with the Catawba River has been flooded by the creation of the reservoir in 1923.[dubious ]

In 1975, North Carolina designated 13.0 miles (20.9 km) of the river as Linville State Natural River, including it in the state's Natural and Scenic Rivers System.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Size of the North Carolina State Parks System" (PDF). North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. January 1, 2011. pp. 1–4. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Directory of State Parks and Recreation Areas" (PDF). North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings. May 1, 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved May 20, 2011.