views as you leave the Table Rock parking lot. Many have car camped
here and the Forest Service has begun cracking down on the violators.
This trail follows the ridge that separates the mountains from the
piedmont of North Carolina. The views are one of a kind, looking
out over farms and homes far below in the piedmont. Turning the
other way has, west, has views of an endless carpet of mountains.
This one of North Carolinas best view hikes.
trail is relatively easy to follow and has some great views also.
A side trail takes you to Hawksbill Mountain, a 4000 footer. This
worthwhile, short but steep side trail takes you out on to the landmark
"Bill" of Hawksbill. Great views. The trail goes further
to Sitting Bear Mountain and then on to Gingercake mountain along
Jonas Ridge. More great views.
side trail from Jonas Ridge Trail. A steep and very primitive trail
that plunges down into the gorge. It ends at the Linville River.
trail that takes you from the rim down to the Linville River. Many
hikers cross here and join the Linville Gorge Trail.
is a great trail that runs nearly the entire length of the gorge.
It follows the river as it winds its way through the towering ,
sheer rock walls. Lots of moving water and interesting rock formations.
Often the trail loses sight of the river but if you walk far enough
you will join the river again. At times the trail can be hard to
find due to the large number of "Fishing" trails that
lead to dead ends and dangerous situations. It's very easy to lose
the trail in the gorge.
great introduction to Linville Gorge. This very popular trail has
an easy grade for most of it's path down to the river. As you descend
into the gorge the dense undergrowth is stunning. Walls built by
the CCC in the '30's are still visible and in good shape. At the
junction of the Linville Gorge Trail, in an open area of flat rocks,
are several campsites. The trail continues ahead and climbs up to
the rock formation, "Babel Tower" , for views high above
the gorge. To follow the trail down to the river, double back and
turn down the Linville Gorge and follow the steep switchbacks down
to the river.
trail descends to the deepest and most remote section of Linville
Gorge. The trail is not heavily used and is great to use to get
away from it all. Like other trails in the wilderness getting lost
here can be very easy.
the very beginning of this trail is an excellent view of Table Rock
and the Piedmont in the distance. After that the trail begins its'
descent down a sheer rock wall. This very steep trail takes you
down, very quickly, to a flat spot beside the river. At the junction
of the Linville Gorge trail, there are enough spots for many tents.
well defined trail that leads down into one of the most popular
sections of the Linville Gorge Trail. This trail begins with a view
of Table Rock, on the road, before it begins its descent into the
very steep trail that leads to the former site of a cabin that was
used by locals for hunting. Because of the steep grade this trail
is not recommended. Many ankles have been twisted on this trail.
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