Newland

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

Best Trails

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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

Person_placeholder

Appalachian Trail: Yellow Mountain Gap to Grassy Bald
by

22 Completed 23 Reviews

Great hike. Well maintained.

Person_placeholder

Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
by

22 Completed 23 Reviews

Love Table Rock on a cold sunny day! Steep but worth the increase in altitude. Spectacular views. Not sure what it looks like since the fire.

Person_placeholder

Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
by

22 Completed 23 Reviews

This is one of my favorites, beautiful falls, great water fun sliding down the wet smooth rocks into various pools. Great place to hang a hammock and e not nature. Easy hike about one hour.

Person_placeholder

Hawksbill Mountain
by

22 Completed 23 Reviews

Steep short hike with great views!

Person_placeholder

Linville Falls Trail
by

22 Completed 23 Reviews

Main trail to falls is well maintained moderate hike. Basin trail is difficult and rocky but worth the adventure. You can get close to the falls by meandering around the large boulders on left. Erwin's is spectacular for viewing both the falls and gorge.

Picture?width=50&height=50

Hawksbill Mountain
by

1 Completed 2 Reviews

Picture?width=50&height=50

Hawksbill Mountain
by

1 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful view

Person_placeholder

Hawksbill Mountain
by

5 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked it yesterday late in the day,short hike,got to the top in 35 min!GReat views,but it felt like I didn't get enough exercise,still,it's nice to do when time is limited!

.jpg

Linville Falls Trail
by

28 Completed 15 Reviews

Person_placeholder

Hawksbill Mountain
by

15 Completed 8 Reviews

This is by far the best hike we have completed in NC! There are tons of reasons, but I will only list a few. Here they are: the trek to the summit I would consider a mid moderate, but I would recommend trekking poles. Along the trail you will find numerous lookouts that gives a small sample of what's in store at the summit. While the trail is narrow it is well maintained; however there are lots of loose rocks, so be careful! Once you reach the large rock formation that looks like it has hosted plenty campfires you have two options. Proceed to the left first take that in then return take the trail to the right and experience the beauty you can only feel from being outdoors. Now, the views at the top are nothing short of breathe taking. Considering we went during the peak of the autumn foliage transition. You will have views of the Linville Gorge, Grandfather, Table Rock, Lake James, Shortoff and so much more. Considering the relative short hike and the views this should be on your wishlist. Get Out and Hike!

Support