A number of individuals and non-profit organizations are active in the gorge — maintaining trails, collecting trash, studying flora & fauna, updating trail maps, removing invasive plants, ….  A lot of work goes into keeping this wilderness available.  If you’d like to help, check out the contact information below:


General Information, Adopt-a-Trail Program

Kevin Massey, Linville Gorge Volunteer Coordinator for the Forest Service


Mountains-to-Sea Trail (including Shortoff and Table Rock Gap)

Doug Veazy, Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail


Rock Jock Trail

Mike Jones, The Gorge Rats


Latest from the Trail Work Blog


Crosscuttin’ at Conley Cove

Today a team of volunteers hiked down the Conley Cove Trail to remove fallen trees from a badly eroded portion of the trail. While they were there, they carried out one, lonesome, tire. (Photos: Kevin Massey)            

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Get ‘Em Outta Here!

Whew, what a day! After a year of preparation, volunteers removed 130 tires from Linville Gorge for good! Thanks to local landowners, the crew of seasoned tire veterans only had to carry the tires to the Wilderness boundary and load the trash onto a tractor! A big thank you to all the organizations and people who ...

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FMST on Beacon Heights

Today volunteers with Friends of Mountains-to-Sea Trail repaired the badly eroded trail on Beacon Heights.                       

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Wiseman’s View Tire Rescue

Linville Gorge community volunteers worked together yesterday to finally rid the wilderness of four 350-lb tires that hooligans threw off the Wiseman’s View overlook into the forest hundreds of feet below. Special thanks to volunteers from the Linville Central Rescue Squad, Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, and members of Banner Elk and Linville fire departments who were ...

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Big Tires! Phase Two

Continuing the project started last week, volunteers moved the four giant tires below Wiseman’s View up the boulder field to the cliff base. In a few weeks, the Linville Central Rescue Squad will conduct a training exercise to pull them up the cliff and out of the Gorge for good!                                

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Big Tires!

Today volunteers started rounding up the four gigantic tires that hooligans pitched off the Wiseman’s View overlook a few years ago.  Weighing over 300-lbs each, these front loader tires are no joke to carry across the boulder field below the cliffs.  Serious dedication and teamwork!   Cleaning Up Your Wilderness It takes a village to raise a 350-lb ...

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Six miles, Four tires, One cooler…

After the floods over 35 years ago that brought hundreds of tires into this wilderness area, people thought the Gorge would never be tire-free again.  Outward Bound made a huge effort to cleanup in the 80’s.  Now it’s become a popular challenge to carry out a tire whenever visiting the river.  The result?  It’s getting hard ...

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Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

Today a small but dedicated team removed a 100-lb tractor trailer tire and other trash from the Linville River near Devil’s Hole Trail, hiking it out 2 miles and up 1400 feet!          

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FMST Works Wolf Pit

Today, Friends of Mountains-To-Sea Trail hiked the aftermath of the White Creek Fire, clearing fallen trees from Wolf Pit and the MST. (Photos: Don Williams)                                  

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Fun on the Fonta Flora

Today a team of dedicated volunteers located and removed hundreds of pounds of trash near the new MST-Fonta Flora Connector Trail. The trash was left behind from the set of the 1992 film “The Last of the Mohicans”. (Photos: Nicholas Massey)                        

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