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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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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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Table Rock Trail
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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

We started at the table rock parking area off of U.S. 321. The first couple of miles was easy with breathtaking views of the Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest from the Chimneys. We descended down for about a mile and then finally made our way up Shortoff mountain. It was kind of smokey from the wildfires, but the view was still amazing! Going back was the tough part since we had to go back up the mountain that we descended down. We were tired, but definitely a wonderful hike! Will be going back!

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Table Rock Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

You'll feel like Marshall, Will and Hollie or a routine expedition. Seriously, there is something very primeval about this place. Dragon country, for sure!

The trail is strenuous, but very short. I seriously doubt its the mile up it claims to be. Suitable for all ages, but be aware this is a canyon rim, so keep the urchins at arms reach.

Upon your return, don't drive out of the parking lot yet. Continue on the Mountains to the Sea Trail on the other side of the lot (past the restrooms) for another relatively short hike up to the Chimneys. The views there rival, if not surpass, those on Table Rock. You have to actually go past the Chimneys to scale their backbone up to the very top. On your way though, there are many, many, many overlooks and crannies to behold. Because of some necessary rock hopping, the Chimneys are little more technically challenging - but accessible for most anyone.

If you have been postponing a trip to the Gorge for whatever reason, you are depriving yourself of one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the East.

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Table Rock Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

It is steep at the beginning and continues to get reveal more spectacular views with each turn. Definitely on the list to revisit.

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

truely amazing hike. plenty of easy to follow trails giving a grand tour of the linville gorge. easy to follow if you keep an eye on markers. river crossings and swim holes.

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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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Beautiful view! Rock formations and sunset were a photographer's dream. Trail was well defined and there was plenty to look at.

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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7 Completed 6 Reviews

This was one of the most rewarding hikes! It was tough at times, as the trail is pretty steep and rocky, but the view from the top was amazing! Linville Gorge was a sight definitely worth seeing!

The trailhead was a bit confusing at first, but just follow Wolfpit road to the end, past the weather rock and a house. There is a roundabout at the end of the road and that's where the trail begins.

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