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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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7 Completed 6 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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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike. Falls was awesome. Kids favorite part of the entire trip is when I slipped and fell in the stream crossing.

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Linville Falls Trail
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18 Completed 5 Reviews

A must see!

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Hawksbill Mountain
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My family has been hiking this trail for over 30 years. We have hiked it with kids and with dogs. The views are spectacular and the trail is varied in grade and flora. During blueberry season you can pick blueberries on the last third of the hike. This trail is very well marked although it does have a tendency to get partially washed out in big storms and the last third is very steep though there is an option to go around it. There are a lot of great hikes in the area, but this one will always have a special place in my heart.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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35 Completed 29 Reviews

Hawksbill has some great views. The road to it is a bit rough for small cars. I walked down to Devil's Hole afterwards and found out why they call it that. I nearly slipped down into it because it is too steep and slippery to go down to the river and there may be no way of getting out. Luckily, I used my trekking poles, the rocks and roots to climb out on my knees. It can be a very strenuous trail at times and parts of it are rocky rough and not well marked.

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Linville Falls Trail
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38 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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