Green River Gorge
The remote Green River Gorge, southeast of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a rugged landscape of steep ravines, coves, and old-growth and mixed hardwood forest which boasts the some of the most popular whitewater rapids in the eastern United States. At its most impressive point, the Green River drops 400 feet in a distance of one and a half miles and runs through a six-foot wide crevice known as the Narrows.
Hunting, Fishing, Hiking in the Green River Game Lands
The Gorge runs through the Green River Game Lands, a state-owned tract of more than 10,000 acres set aside for wildlife conservation and management. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed on the Game Lands, subject to state regulations. The 16 miles of hiking trails in the Game Lands are challenging, and it is recommended that hikers do not attempt the trails alone. During hunting season, which generally runs from mid-September to mid-May, Sundays are the safest day for hiking (hunting is not allowed on Sundays in North Carolina).
The 225-foot-high bridge across the Green River Gorge on Interstate 26 is the highest in North Carolina, and one of the highest in the entire United States.
Hours of Operation
Access to Green River Cove Trail: From I-26 near Hendersonville, take exit 59. Go east, away from Saluda, and then turn left onto Green River Cover Road. Drive 3.9 miles (many hairpin turns), cross the bridge, and park on the right.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Division of Wildlife Management
Environmental and Conservation Organization of Henderson County (ECO)
Trails of the Green River Game Lands
Green River Gorge
Southeast of Hendersonville, NC
- Saluda (3 miles)
First a mere crossroads for traders and drovers after the Civil War, then a thriving railroad town
- Pearson's Falls (4 miles)
The gardens and waterfalls in this peaceful glen near Tryon, NC have attracted nature-lovers and picnickers for generations.
- Polk County History Museum (7 miles)
See this fine collection of historic artifacts that tell the story of Polk County.