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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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Hawksbill Mountain
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Enjoyable and great views. Not quite as easy as all the other ratings say, at least for the 55+ crowd, but not hard either. Worth the trip.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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29 Completed 9 Reviews

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Linville Falls Trail
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16 Completed 14 Reviews

Easy trail, well traveled by lots of folks. Several spurs to explore on the way up - most interesting is the ability to see the geology, fault lines from the tectonic plates that formed the area and the larger blue ridge mountains. Lots of families and kids all over the place.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Tricky to find, nestled a few miles down a one-lane dirt road. The trail itself is pretty straight forward. A little longer than advertised (I clocked 1.1 mi each way), it starts off in a gradual climb and then gets steep toward the last third of the hike. Do not try this if it has just rained as the trail clearly becomes a river. At the top is just a magnificent view. You can see countless mountains in all directions and marvel at the gorge below. Well worth a nice day trip.

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I spent the day hiking the gorge. When I arrived at the river I couldn't get over how beautiful, serene, heavenly it was. I sunned on the massive rocks for what seemed like hours. I saw 3 people the entire day. I'm not from North Carolina, but I believe it was unusually warm for early April (mid 70's). The trails up and down the gorge are challenging and full of downed trees and other obstacles. With a 35 pound pack, I was gassed. This is the first place I will return to when back in NC. Just awesome!!

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Hawksbill Mountain
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

This hike is pretty short, which isn't really my thing usually. I didn't find it all that strenuous either, although it's uphill almost the entire way. I felt like it was paced pretty well, though. The view on top is astounding, and almost the entire mountain top is explorable. As a result, you can find a view in almost every direction from some point on the summit or another. I will say though, that this peak can be brutally windy, so keep that in mind if you're out on a day that isn't incredibly warm, or if you have unsecured clothing articles.

It has some neat plants, including a lot of rhododendron plants, as mentioned, as well as some Galax and a few rare hemlock trees, that I saw. You'll also be treated to a view of both the nearby Table Rock and Shortoff Mountains.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing view! I'm definitely going back

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Linville Falls Trail
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

Good wide trail that is easy to follow and not too difficult. (Several families with complaining children that we encountered along the way would beg to differ!) The views of Linville Gorge and Linville Falls are spectacular and worth taking the sometimes crowded path.

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing trail through the most beautiful gorge in the east. The descent into the gorge can vary depending on your trailhead. We started at the Pinch In trailhead and was amazed by the ruggedness of the trail. The trail is moderate to strenuous in areas, but once you finally make your way into the gorge, nothing can compare to the serenity and beauty this trail offers. I definitely recommend spending at least 2 days in the gorge, giving you time to explore and enjoy the gorge before having to make your grueling ascent back to the trail heads. The only downside I could think of is the fact that they don't have the trail blazed or marked in any way. Other than that, my favorite hike I've ever completed. Just left today and already making plans for a return trip, a must do for hiking enthusiasts!

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The falls were beautiful! Start at the "upper" and hike down across the creek and then back up "lower" for less of a challenge, that's what we did and boy was I glad when we started going down the "upper." Well worth the drive and trip!

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