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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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17 Completed 1 Reviews

A little tricky to get to, but once you find the trail its a short little burst of fun. The view is awesome at the top as you can see the river and adjacent mountains and such. Highly recommended!

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Hawksbill Mountain
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Not easy to find, but a great hike if you have just a short amount of time. The views are spectacular. The signage or lack thereof leaves something to be desired.

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Linville Falls Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Delightful hike to see Linville Falls from a variety of perspectives. Lovely sitting spots at every vantage point. Something for everyone! Nice shop at the trailhead, with lavatories. For as well traveled and visited a spot, there was still plenty of space for a private hike and 'sit'.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Amazing strenuous hike up the mountain that rewards you with some of the best views in the area.

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

The footbridge across the river at the base of the Spence Ridge Trail is out.

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Did three nights starting down Babel Tower, spending two nights on the river along Linville Gorge Trail, coming out Pinch In and walking Kisler back to the car. A few things to keep in mind in the Gorge:
1. Water! There are streams in the Gorge that proved potable for me this weekend. That is not always the case, however. Take enough water, or a filter, or tablets. 2. This is a primitive area. The trails are minimally marked, rarely blazed and sometimes not obvious. Take a map and more water and calories than you will need for what you have planned. I met two people on the trail this weekend who had missed their goal exit or who had underestimated how long the hike would take.
This is my absolute favorite place in NC!

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Linville Falls Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Super hike for nearly all levels. Great scenery and beautiful views from the lookouts!

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Appalachian Trail: Yellow Mountain Gap to Grassy Bald
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22 Completed 20 Reviews

This was a great hike even though it was overcast the entire time and heavily clouded at the top which didn't make for great pictures of the scenery. This was a very strenuous hike, even more so than Margarette Falls which is rated 2 diamonds. It took me 4 hours although I was only able to track the way there before running out of battery. The way back is much easier than the way there and of course your could always continue on to the other Balds or even to Carvers Gap. FYI, I passed multiple AT hikers who were looking for water sources while on this section of the AT.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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15 Completed 15 Reviews

Its a great hike. Be a little more cautious if it just rained, sounds like common sense but it does get slick. Beautiful views and a short cardio trek.

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Linville Falls Trail
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13 Completed 14 Reviews

Very easy with great views of the waterfall and valley.

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