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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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Linville Falls Trail
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30 Completed 3 Reviews

Witnessed the beauty and awesomeness of the falls in the snow and ice. Highly recommend this hike in the winter for quick change of scenery.

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We hiked this trail in beginning of February and absolutely loved it. The rushing stream had ice and snow around it and was absolutely gorgeous.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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8 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this for the first time today with my friend Ken. Not a difficult trail, but the last 1/3 or so is somewhat steep. Highly recommended though for the spectacular views of Table Rock Mtn and Linville Gorge itself. (!!) :-)

Also, the current Trails Illustrated map indicates this trail is 0.7 mile long, but Google My Tracks on my phone logged 0.9 mile. (which seemed more accurate)

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Hawksbill Mountain
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8 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this for the first time today with my friend Ken. Not a difficult trail, but the last 1/3 or so is somewhat steep. Highly recommended though for the spectacular views of Table Rock Mtn and Linville Gorge itself. (!!) :-)

Also, the current Trails Illustrated map indicates this trail is 0.7 mile long, but Google My Tracks on my phone logged 0.9 mile. (which seemed more accurate)

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

Fantastic, but very challenging, hike! I read all of the reviews on various forums, and yet still underestimated the difficulty. That being said, it certainly felt like a great accomplishment. I did the Brushy Ridge Trail. In my 15 + years of hiking, I have only fallen/slipped about 5 times... during this 24 hour trip, I fell/slipped 8 times... clearly got to the point where I had to start counting. I appreciate a great challenge, and look forward to doing more pieces of the east rim. One of the hikers I ran into encouraged to try the same Brushy Ridge Trail in the summer time when the water is a bit warmer, and you could cross it to jump on the Linville Gorge Trail. Great idea, and I look forward to trying it out!

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Hawksbill Mountain
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Always enjoy taking this trail up to the top of Hawksbill Mtn. The trail itself is well marked and has some good steep spots. Also saw a guy camping out for the night this afternoon. Hope he stays warm in the 20 degree weather.

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Appalachian Trail: Yellow Mountain Gap to Grassy Bald
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22 Completed 23 Reviews

Great hike. Well maintained.

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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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.

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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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.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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22 Completed 23 Reviews

Steep short hike with great views!

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