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Grandfather Mountain Trail

Linville, NC

Grandfather Mountain Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Linville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Linville Falls Trail
by Britany Taylor

1 Completed 0 Reviews

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Hawksbill Mountain
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Linville Falls Trail
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Hawksbill Mountain
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Awesome hike, even better view! It's super windy at the top so bring a heavy jacket and gloves in the winter. A little challenging towards the end but definitely worth it!

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Jonas Ridge Trail
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724 Completed 232 Reviews

While Hawksbill and Table Rock Trails are more rewarding (trailheads off Table Rock Road), Jonas Ridge is a nice relatively flat trail from the highest point and back of Gingercake Acres to a rocky outcropping at the top of Sitting Bear mountain. You can easily do this trail in an hour. You can also make it more demanding by climbing up Sitting Bear from Table Rock Road (alternate trailhead). When you start at the Jonas Ridge trailhead take the left fork about halfway through to go to the top of Sitting Bear. There is also a nice view adjacent to the campsite on the left near the end of the trail. You can descend from the end of the trail and hook up with the Hawksbill trail or just enjoy the additional rock outcroppings lower on the ridge, but the descent is very steep and you'll need to hold on to trees and roots to maneuver.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

great views, beautiful around fall

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Flat Rock Self-Guiding Loop
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63 Completed 57 Reviews

nice walk for the family. If you are there, why not.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

I wouldn't quite rate this as "easy" - "moderate" might be more suitable since the last 1/4 of the trail (right after the split off of Hawksbill Trail to the left & Ledge Trail to the right) to the summit can be steep and pretty rocky. Great 360 views from the top when you choose the summit trail that veers off right. Grandfather, Sugar, and the Roans are all easily viewable. You can even make out the skyline of Charlotte (and Crowders to the right of the skyline) on a semi-clear day. The left veering trail has great views of the Gorge, Black Mountains, Table Rock, etc. - but no clear views to the direct north.

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My dog and I enjoyed this hike on Sunday. The upper falls was an easy hike in and out; the falls were rushing with all the rain so we were careful waterside but had a great time. Trail was easy to follow and easy to trek. Took about 30 minutes or so to go in and out.

We also did the lower falls. That trail was more difficult to follow. We lost it multiple times and struggled to get down to the lower falls. We made our own trek of it, but much more difficult, especially with the wet surroundings. We still had a good time.

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Hawksbill Mountain
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1 Completed 1 Reviews