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Babel Tower Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

In the spring wild flowers grow at trailside, and the views of the river at the tower are breathtaking. You are standing on a ledge about 400 feet above the river. You can also continue down to the river. 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Very pretty but narrow trail. Challenging but worth it. Only complaint was trails were not marked at all and you could easily end up taking a different trail split off that you weren’t planning for. The washed out areas didn’t help much. Great views through.

fishing
1 month ago

Don’t think I have ever had a better hike!! Beautiful day, enough water in falls but not too much. Rhodededrons, irises, fungi, other wildflowers. One huge tree down that was “almost” impassable. Views, weather, water, physically demanding. The LOOP has it all. 6 miles 3+ hours. (With running when we could)

Tough hike from Babel trailhead to Bob Ross Gorge. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail with cool changes of scenery. Once I got to the lookout, I took the switch back trail on the left side all the way down to the river. It was definitely worth the effort! Hiked in total 5 miles with my dog. Was definitely strenuous, bring lots of water. Also, I made it there fine in my Hyundai Sonata. Just don’t go after rain if you have a smaller, 2WD car.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Very diverse scenery. Would definitely recommend taking the trail down to the right to get down near the river.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

This was such a fun trail! It is a steep climb down on the way in and then a steep climb up on the way out but it’s a lot of fun if you know what your in for. I went after a very heavy rain so the first half was more liking hiking a creek than a trail but I went in expecting some water.

hiking
4 months ago

Don’t stop at the end of the trail! Keep going. Follow the trail to the right to get down to the Linville River. Totally worth the extra work!

hiking
5 months ago

This was a nice trail, it was a little narrow but that didn’t bother us. Getting there wasn’t difficult-I wouldn’t call it a rough road. It’s a dirt road that has a few iffy spots, otherwise pretty easy to find.

hiking
5 months ago

Very rocky and lots of roots, but it was a nice hike. Once you reach the end KEEP GOING towards the right and around then UP the tower. It’s beautiful up there!!

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

This is a really fun trail for more experienced hikers out there who don’t mind narrow paths, rock scrambling, and great views. I wouldn’t recommend any beginners on this trail or else they will still be mad at you 1.5 years after you take them there, haha! But if you keep going down the mountain from the rock stacks, there’s a great waterfall and swimming area. You can slide off the waterfall, but I’ve found that taking a cheap little pool tube down it is just as fun (during the warmer months, of course). Stay safe and take at least 2 other people with you!

fun rocky solo sesh

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

6 months ago

its actually a 1200 ft elevation gain and that is in a mile

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous and fun! I love scrambling up the rocks!

hiking
7 months ago

loved it! highly recommend. perfect views and climb up the tower at the end for a real surprise!

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is filled with roots and rocks and can be very slick when damp or rainy. The view is worth it all!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike

hiking
over grown
scramble
8 months ago

Very pretty trail, lots of shade! Opens up to some nice overlooks, then after reaching Babel Towers you can backtrack a bit and take a trail to the right to make it down to the water (pretty strenuous with overgrowth and lots of rock scrambles). The hike is fairly tough with lots of decline going there and therefore incline on the way back. Trail stays pretty tight and overgrown, so pants and sleeves needed if sensitive to leaves and brush!

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail with a great swimming hole at the bottom, however it is a bit of a rough trail down if you’re not very spry and be sure to remember the trail going back out. If you’re dogs love to swim it’s perfect for them however smaller dogs you’re gona have to help bossy them up at the least.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite places in North Carolina!

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Trail is a steep V-shape out and back. Nothing but roots and rocks all the way down & up, not enjoyable. Don’t be fooled by the short length. Wouldn’t recommend, there are better views & more enjoyable trails to be seen & had elsewhere in the area.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Absolutely fantastic trail, totally doable with my fairly athletic parents. Tower is amazing views but easy to miss. Just keep blazing straight to find tower and the water/waterfall is A1

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