The N.C. Forest Service and partnering agencies have restored 2,450 feet of the river channel through Gill State Forest and beyond Crossnore Mountain Training Facility and Linville River Nursery. Additionally, the NCFS has enhanced 500 feet of an unnamed stream that discharges to the river by planting understory growth that will eventually shade the stream.
The next phase of the project, to be completed this spring, will involve tree seedling planting and trout stocking. Additional stocking will occur during the summer months.
For fishing and hiking enthusiasts, visitor parking is available just off Linville Falls Highway, adjacent to the high-water bridge. This summer, a river trail and self-interpretation kiosks will be established to inform forest visitors about the many benefits of river restoration.