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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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Recent Reviews

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

I can't say enough good things about this trail. The first time I hiked it, I was a bit confused. Wolf Pit road just sort of... dead ends... into the trailhead. It doesn't have much in the way of markings to designate itself, either. Once I got started on the trail though, let me say... wow. It can be very tough, and climbs up and down quite a bit. On the initial climb up, though, many of the switchbacks offer fantastic views, and thus are a great place to rest and catch your breath if you're so inclined. Once you get up to the top, though, you'll find the going a lot easier. There is a small pond up there as well, if you need a place to replenish any of your stores of water.

I've also heard some talk about a "water tree," which is supposedly a tree with a spring running out of it's base. I wasn't able to find it myself, due to time constraints, but some of the people I spoke with earlier in my hike were looking for it in particular, and eventually found it with the help of a local. Something to watch out for if you're ever in the area!

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Table Rock Trail
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21 Completed 3 Reviews

Great area for some bouldering, climbing, hiking, and camping action. The hike may be more on the moderate side but it's a good quick and easy hike to one of the best views around the area.

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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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22 Completed 23 Reviews

Steep trail, barren compared to the other gorge trails. Great view of Lake Janrs and the gorge.

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked the entire 35 mile section of the MST last week with 6 others. This section of the trail was by far the most beautiful. The hike up Shortoff to the Wolfpit area was an incredible challenge with the best rewards. The views from on top of the mountain are staggering. Some of the most beautiful stuff I've seen in all of southern appalachia. We watched the sunset and camped on the edge of the granite cliffs overlooking the gorge. (see photo) The next day we hiked to the Chimneys and Table Rock. Do yourself a favor and check this area out!

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Table Rock Trail
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13 Completed 13 Reviews

a fairly short hike. but great views at the top. Highly recommend. The drive there is harder than the hike

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High Shoals
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11 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice hike to break in my new Army alice pack. It killed my wife but she made it.

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Table Rock Trail
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

I prefer the Hawksbill Mountain Trail over this one. The views from the summit are better of the Linville Gorge and you can see Table Rock from there. Plus there is a much larger summit area to take in the glorious views. Plus it's easier to get to. Getting to the Table Rock picnic area takes about 45 minutes from Highway 181. Still it's good to hike them both, especially if you can do both in the same day.

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Table Rock Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a most enjoyable short hike from parking. I hiked it in light Keen sandals (because I forgot to take my shoes from my car to the car I rode up in) and had no problems at all. The views along the way are fabulous, but they're nothing compared to what opens up at the top - just spectacular. We would have explored the top longer, but the storm that could be heard rumbling led us to head back relatively quickly - the storm was moving away from us, but nonetheless we thought we'd not tempt fate more than we already were. The storm was a great bonus for the views, I gotta say.

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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

The trail itself is a great hike however getting to the top where there is minimal parking is a bit more challenging (especially if you don't have a truck). The view at the top was fantastic. I did not see many other hikers. It would be difficult to keep your dog leashed because the trail is very uphill with varying degrees of rocks.

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Table Rock Trail
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12 Completed 6 Reviews

Drove to both entrances yesterday only to find it closed for the season.

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