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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail

Newland, NC

Linville Gorge Trail is a 11.5 mile trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for birding, camping & hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Sugar Mountain Ski Area
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Had a great time hiking to the summit after work ... walked up the slopes and got off a bit onto the mountain biking trails... but they were a little rough in some places. At the top you can see they are clearing for new ski trails and then at the top make sure and look for a trail that leads through a forest to the very top. What amazing views... took up about 3 hours as we stopped and chatted and talk to several hikers on the way. Got some great photos... steep slopes in some place... all up hill and all down hill so a good workout.

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Profile Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

It was a bit crowded when I went but the further out you get the less people you see. It was an intense hike. You'll be using muscles you forgot you had! Even for an experienced hiker it was a workout!

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Profile Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Adored this trail. Always looking for the next challenging hike and my legs were burning at sections even as an experienced hiker. I'll certainly be revisiting this hike frequently as a local of the area.

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Profile Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail is difficult going up and coming back down, but in different ways. On the way up the constant incline is rough. I'm fairly new to hiking so it really kicked my butt; however, I did make it to the top. I enjoyed Watauga View the best and Calloway Peak was pretty too. Coming back down was hard on the back and the knees. My favorite part is just before the 1 mile mark along the river.

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Profile Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

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Profile Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

I do this trail often, 4 x this past week alone. I guess its challanging if you aren't an avid hiker. I find the trail to be well maintained; however, there is a ton of foot traffic. The closer to the intersection of Grandfather Trail the less amount of people. Also, Profile is Free and a good warm up for the Grandfather Trail.

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Profile Trail
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19 Completed 5 Reviews

I did this trail yesterday and added the .5 mile to Calloway Peak at the top. It was definitely FUN and strenuous.... even though the 1st section isn't "rocky", it was still steep and I was ready for a break by the time we reached Foscoe View! It took me and my friend 7 1/2 hours round trip!!! This included lots of photo breaks though, as we are both photography/nature nuts. :) I disagree with another poster that the return trip is easier... we actually thought going down was harder! It's more difficult to navigate thru the rocks coming down and it was rough on the knees.
With that being said... it was well worth it! Beautiful views along the way, the peak was gorgeous, and the forest areas were just gorgeous and peaceful.

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Profile Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

Awesome trail! Gets pretty hard about halfway up but gorgeous views and lots of fun rock crawling! Not sure though why it is rated easier than Boone Fork though, thought it was much harder. Great trail though

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Profile Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

We did this hike in the winter. Guys and Gals. If you are planning on great views then make sure to go all the way to Calloway Peak. I wouldn't have been impressed if we stopped at the Profile View. Calloway Peak is only another half mile or so once the profile trail ends. Parts of the trail are challenging with ice and the signs recommend having footwear for ice. We didn't think it was neccessary. Overall a great hike with incredible views at Calloway and Watauga. Highly recommend this hike!

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Beech Mountain Ski Resort
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

The land of OZ, typically a ski resort, have hiked this a few times in the fall, great panoramic views to the northwest (Smokies) and back to the east (Grandfather, etc).

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