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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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  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

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Profile Trail
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1 Completed 1 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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Profile Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

About half a mile down from calaway peak there is a small pathway to the right that leads to a rock that extends outward from the mountain. Take this quick detour and prepare yourself for an amazing view.

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Emerald Outback
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75 Completed 75 Reviews

For those mountain bikers that really enjoy technical stuff, Beech Mountain Adventure Park is for you. Aside from the maze of roads you can ride all day, here are the trails. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the Town Hall before you set out! SECTION 1: SKI RESORT. These trails are downhillers following the slopes down to the bottom. A chairlift services these trails during the summer. Most of the bike races are held here. Most of these trails are closed November- May. SECTION 2: EMERALD OUTBACK. Emerald outback was the first phase to open for this bike park. There are 7 miles of trails here, but most are very root-laden. Trails use old roadbeds also, with great views along the Chamberlain's Loop trail. These trails make for a taxing ride, so train hard. If you choose to keep going- for a full day outing- take the Powerline trail to West Bowl. SECTION 3: WEST BOWL. This area is certainly a place for exploring, as only half of it is on the map. Furthermore, the Town of Beech mountain has not developed this area much yet. To make an entrance, speed demons can ride downhill by using the Super G trail. At the bottom, some trails intertwine, providing some exploration. GPS is recommended, since this area has not been covered and developed in full detail- yet. From here, you can paved take N. Pinnacle Ridge Rd. back up the hill and to the ski slopes where you started. A great place for adventurers. Terrain is moderate to strenuous.

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Beech Mountain Ski Resort
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75 Completed 75 Reviews

I basically have skied here all my life. The slopes are very nice, and the quad chair is very fast and gets you to the top. Not the biggest resort around, but it is less crowded, and has great views from the top. There is a very special run on the backside called Oz. Oz is only open once out of every 3 ski seasons, so it is great skiing it while its open! Other great winter activities here include ice skating, snowboarding, and tubing. A children's sledding hill operates at the town hall. During the summer, the mountain's downhill trails, Emerald Outback, and West Bowl are all open to some rooty mountain biking. Hiking and geocaching are also available. A nice area indeed.

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Sugar Mountain Ski Area
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75 Completed 75 Reviews

This is certainly an all-around great ski mountain. During the winter, I visit here regularly to ski and enjoy the snow. Lots of easy bunny hills for the children, and Whoopdedoo for the daredevils. Longest run in the area, but that also means a long chairlift ride to the top! Big Red is also a great wide run; ski races are held there. Don't forget- the mountain also offers snowshoeing, tubing and snowboarding during the winter season also. During the summer, the Sugar allows mountain biking, with some races held here also. These trails are very technical, and test even the hardiest biker. Certainly, a great mountain year-round.

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Profile Trail
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75 Completed 75 Reviews

I hike this trail frequently, nice easy access. Starts out on 105, and goes up from there. Nice view about a mile up, the Profile campsite and view are 2 miles up, Gets rocky after Shanty Spring, but it is just part of the adventure.

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Profile Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Great trail. Took it to Calloway Peak then over to Grandfather.

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