Babel Tower Trail

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Babel Tower Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 853 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

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waterfall

rocky

Scenic Views, Wildflowers, Rugged Beauty Ok this is one for the tough, and this is probably one of the easiest trails in the Gorge. The climb from the river back to your car is intense, and you will think you have hiked 10 miles before you get there. In the spring Wild flowers grow at trailside, and the views of the river at the tower are breath taking, you are standing on a ledge with about 400 Ft. of air between you and the river. Don't miss continuing down the trail to the river you might see a Brown Trout of better than 36 inches there, to say nothing of its rugged beauty. Crossing the river is not recommended here. When you get back to your car, go the extra mile down SR-1238 to Wisemans View, The views of the Gorge, Hawksbill Rock, and Table Rock are outstanding there. Its only a short easy walk down to the viewing platforms.

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4 months ago

great trail. The view at the end is well worth it.

This trail can be deceiving because going in is very easy. Getting it is all elevation gain. The view from the tower is nice and there is a great view half way down the trail.

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6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in NC, we did it in about 2 hours. If you try to climb up on the babel tower itself, it is very difficult and requires a bit of climbing.

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6 months ago

Tough hike but worth the views! The hike back up is strenuous so make sure you have plenty of water.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

The trail to the top is obvious though NO blazes.
If you try to go to the bottom to see the falls good luck bc we couldn't find it...there is a very primitive trail which is extremely strenuous but fun.. We were on all fours climbing out...the views from top were amazing. Took 1.5 hours to top less than hour back out but kept a very brisk pace
To us it was easier coming out bc you didn't have to worry as much about your footing.
I only regret not seeing falls.

8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful scenery and a great workout!

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8 months ago

Great hike. Took my teenage daughter and two friends we all loved it. At 1.3 miles you hit Babel Tower. Hike around the back side then climb to the top for incredible views of the gorge. It is a tough hike out from the bottom, but worth it.

9 months ago

Beautiful overlooks, steep climb out of the gorge back up the mountain.