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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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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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33 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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13 Completed 3 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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