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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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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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7 Completed 6 Reviews

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

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High Shoals
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

It's at south mts. Wrong info here

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Table Rock Trail
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505 Completed 167 Reviews

Great short moderate hike to a rocky ridge with great views of Linville Gorge and surrounding areas. After driving down the hard packed dirt road, we were surprised the road to the picnic area was paved - the picnic area is very nice. Temperatures were in the high 50s/low 60s for a late afternoon hike, had fun scrambling along the ridge and enjoyed the sights. With most of the leaves off the trees, the trail really opens up and is not as wooded as Hawksbill, which also gives you a great view from the top. Highly recommend this hike, well worth the drive up Table Rock Mountain Road and a nice short workout to the top. You really only need a half liter of water, and there are places at the top to picnic as well. The views are awesome!

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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not much parking at foot of trail. Watch your footing as there are lots of loose rocks. Good scenery and temperature dropped quickly as I reached the top. There was no indicator or signage showing the completion of the trail. Lots of campers at the top. Overall I would rate the trail a 5 out of 10.

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High Shoals
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is jn South Mountain State Park, miles from where AllTrails has it. Ignore this listing!!!!

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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74 Completed 75 Reviews

This hike certainly deserves a double diamond rating. Parking at wolfpit was no problem, but backpacking the 8 miles from Shortoff to Tablerock was certainly an ADVENTURE. I was with my scout troop, so they shared in the fun. The first mile and a half up the mountain was pure climbing, but the views were spectacular, with Lake James, the South Mountains, and the Gorge. At the top, we took the long loop around the ridge, and it was great. Found a water source, but no one wanted water. Too Bad. Trail was as dry as a bone for the next 6 miles basically. Lots of great rock outcrops, and finally reached the halfway mark at Chimbric Ridge. The downhill was certainly a pleasure, but the ascent to the chimneys was certainly a killer. It broke almost everyone (we were backpacking too!), we had no water left, and the trail was technical. Finally made it to the top, and nice views too. Ate whatever water-laden snacks we had, and hiked the last dry mile to Tablerock. We used up that water source, and had to send the scoutmaster out for water. Well, a GREAT ADVENTURE, with a peaceful night at Tablerock. A very fun hike. BE SURE TO BRING LOTS OF WATER (a gallon for sure).

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Table Rock Trail
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74 Completed 75 Reviews

Table rock is certainly a great viewing trail with minimal mileage. Start to the top of FR 99, where parking is. The trail ends north a mile to the top. Stops along the way include Devils Celler, Little Table Rock, and lots of cliffs. At the top, there are certainly panoramic views (IF ITS NOT FOGGY!) You can see the Outward Bound school from the top. Why a school here in the middle of the woods? Its fully operating and provides people a combination of lessons and adventure. You can also access table rock from the Spence Ridge parking area along FR 210.

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Lake James - Shortoff Mountain Trail
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74 Completed 75 Reviews

This trail can be a very uphill climb, and the gravel road to the trailhead can be challenging. But, you get spectacular views along the way, along with a few geo/terra caches to find. At the top, you get more views, and cliffs to rest at. A spring is located at the top of the mountain. The mountain to sea trail meets up here, going north to Tablerock and south to Pinnacle.

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