Table Rock Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Short hike from picnic / parking area to top of Table Rock on the eastern edge of the Linville Gorge. Awesome 360 degree views! Table Rock Trail is a 1 mile trail to the summit of a rocky ridge that looks flat from a distance. This trail, along with the trail to Hawksbill Mountain just down the road is one of the few developed, maintained, and signed trails just outside the Linville Gorge wilderness boundary. This short and moderate hike takes you to spectacular views into the Gorge and offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding Pisgah Forest in the Grandfather Mountain Ranger District. Features include the Chimneys, which are a popular rock climbing destination; also Outward Bound offers programs here. You can also view Peregrine Falcons in the area. Rock scrambling is required along the ridge and some areas are exposed cliffs, so use caution, especially with children.
I went with a friend last Sunday and it wasn't busy at all. We both needed a little escape from reality and spent a few hours at the top enjoying and soaking in the beauty of the views. Great little workout too!
In my opinion, Table Rock has the best 360 degree views I have found in NC. I love this place. The hike is steep but short.
Very amazing views of the Gorge, however it was incredibly busy. Getting in and out was extremely difficult. We witnessed someone hit a vehicle and not stop. It's a place that I'm glad to have had experienced once, since it's so populated with little trail variation I wouldn't care to go back.
What an amazing hike. Strenuous yet doable. The summit has breathtaking views and is a nice place to hangout for a bit. I will do this again.
Table Rock offers a sweeping view of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Great trail with some technical aspects and steep inclines. For runners; pay attention to foot placement.
I really enjoyed this hike :) we got lost and went off on a different trail for several minutes but figured it out pretty quick when the trail kept going down instead of up :) I wish the hike had been a bit more challenging but the views at the top were breathtaking! Definitely will do it again!
Short hike for amazing views. The last 100 yds has some spots that you will want to keep the kids from playing on the trail. But all in all a safe hike. The top is surrounded by amazing views. Table rock is an easy mountain top to recognize when driving around Morganton, NC.
Easy hike once you eventually find the trailhead. I was able to hike to the summit with a broken arm (casted) if that tells you the level of difficulty. Stunning views.
It's a great hike. Kid friendly. Beautiful Views!! If you don't want to drive the 12 miles on the gravel road....keep driving past the Table rock sign to Gingercake acres, you will see signs for it. It will take you right to it without the gravel roads...much faster!!
The dirt road access is 12 miles from the main road,but well maintained. This hike is tough but the views are well worth it.
amazing views, dirt road to access
One of my favorites!!!
For me and my hiking companion (both 59) this was a difficult trail, but quite doable if you take your time both up and back. It is steep, with lots of rock "steps", but the views at the top are well worth the effort. We had a bit of trouble finding the path on the way down because of the rock scramble at the top. Be sure to note carefully where you come out of the scrub to climb the rock to the summit so that you can find it easily on the way back out. A very nice trail. (NOTE, from NC 181 heading north from Morganton, there is good signage to send you to the Table Rock picnic area. This is the road you should take. We followed GPS directions and took a much longer and more difficult road to the parking area.)
Breathtakingly beautiful views!
The lengthy drive on the gravel road was worth it. Fairly steep, rocky trail that leads to 360 breathtaking overlook. Also enjoyable views on your way up - not just once you get to the top!
Awesome Gods beautiful creation
easy hike. good view