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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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14 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!

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Linville Falls Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy walk to the falls. Great for a quick moment with nature. Lots of fun places to hide yourself away and enjoy it on your own!

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Linville Falls Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Short walk to the falls. Path is more of a dirt road than a trail and expect a LOT of people. This short walk is a popular tourist destination. Nice walk and nice view of the falls but if you are looking to hike there are much better options in this area.

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Linville Falls Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Great easy walk, they were doing construction on parts of it so not everything was 100% accessible. It was an overcast day but still beautiful; especially since it was mid September and the effects of fall was just starting. I love how the trail gives you a chance to see the falls from all different angles and the view at the top is definitely worth the short hike.

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Linville Falls Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Challenging for flatlanders, but short. Spectacular falls.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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13 Completed 3 Reviews

Last did this hike spring of 2014. It's always wonderful, especially since when you get there you have time to linger and bask on the rocks and still get back with time left for dinner. The views of the Gorge are superb. The trail is in need of repair and somewhat gullywashed. It's a bit strenuous for an older non-agile type but worth gathering up the extra adrenaline to scramble on up. Catch the mountain ash with their berries at the edges of the craigy rocks or sheep sorrel or just the quiet. We avoid the weekends.

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Appalachian Trail: Yellow Mountain Gap to Grassy Bald
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13 Completed 3 Reviews

I have done this trail since I was young and continue to do it as an elderly not "mighty woman" recreational hiker. It is a beautiful hike with few uncomfortable stepping zones. A superb spring wildflower hike with ramps, fringed gentian (I think) beautiful wildflowers in abundance with rolling hill views. It goes up gently but relentlessly, and I can do it because I hike with unhurried people.

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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17 Completed 10 Reviews

Holy Crap, I underestimated this hike. Hiked part of this in July 2014. I had planned on hiking from the Falls and then across Table Rock and Shotoff Mt. I am in pretty good shape but this hike kicked my butt. I lost the trail two times because I could not tell where it started back from down on the river. I spent way too much time and energy trying to get back on the trail. I fell down an embankment, hit a ledge on my side and then rolled down to the river bank. I was lucky but hurt my leg and foot. I had to limp out half way down the trail and then hike back to the starting point to my car. I will try try this one again soon.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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20 Completed 3 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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