Table Rock Trail

HARD 63 reviews
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Table Rock Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina 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.

1.4 miles 554 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

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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.

hiking
20 days ago

loved this trail!

backpacking
21 days ago

again easy to moderate and great views from the top

21 days ago

Nice trail with great views on the top .

hiking
25 days ago

Great views from the top. Took the dogs up without much of a problem. The long trek out to this hike was well worth it

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1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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!!

hiking
5 months ago

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.