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trail locations for Morganton, North Carolina

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!

Hard trail. Downhill from the Table Rock road and 1430 elevation on the way back up. I went out and back for 6.67 miles. I ran down but had to walk a good portion back up. Beautiful and worth it.

hiking
22 days 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.

Great hike with phenomenal views. Strenuous ascent takes about 45 minutes to an hour, them very easy cross-country hiking across the top of the ridge. I have only gone about three miles across so I can't speak for the entire 14 mile hike.

backpacking
24 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the gorge. It has absolutely the best views of the gorge and eastern side valley as you walk the ridge. There are numerous camp sites near the Chimneys and just south of Shortoff Mountain. THERE IS NO WATER ANYWHERE ON THIS TRAIL AS OF NOV 2016. The bog and water tree are dry, so plan accordingly. Take some time to linger around the Chimneys and explore. Many access this trail from Wolf Pit parking lot, but I find it easier to start at Table Rock.

hiking
25 days ago

We did spence ridge to little table rock to table rock and then did a little bit of chimney rock!! Coming up on spence ridge trail was straight up climb. It was difficult but worth it!!!! Also did hawksbill at night!!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Can someone advise how it is crossing with the bridge out? We are backing up there this weekend and trying to assess how difficult it might be to cross with packs...any help much appreciated, thanks!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike going in, pretty much all down to the river. We liked the scenery and peacefulness. Pretty much all up on the way back. Little tough on us coming back out only because we out of shape. But for early 50's we did fine. Will do it again.

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Grabbed the kids, two dogs, wife, and Nana for an overnight backpacking trip in the Linville Gorge. We started at Spence Ridge Trailhead, west to Little Table Rock Trail, up to Table Rock for lunch. This portion I would rate as strenuous, as the elevation gain is steep. Lunch at Table Rock was worth it. Then we back tracked down to Spence Ridge Trail and headed west down into the gorge. The gorge itself is beautiful. The bridge is washed out, so you have to bolder hop across. At least three camping options along Spence Ridge Trail. The next morning, we hiked back out to the car. Easy two days. Could also easily be done in one day. I rated this particular trail as a 3 because there are limited (really no) views until you reach the gorge itself.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

This trail is very deceiving. The trail head starts out real level and solid. It then takes a sharp turn down. Loose rocks and roots. The descent is easy. However, what goes down must come up. The hike back up sucks. I couldn't find good hammock camping by the river. Ended up hiking back to the car and camping by table rock.

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!

hiking
1 month 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.

Really beautiful up there ...

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.