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.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

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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6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Very treacherous climb back out especially if you take the side trail to the falls. Bring plenty of water. Be very careful coming back out, very easy to take the wrong trail and get lost. I did. But all trails will get you back to the road evidently. Take a map with you. I ran into a lot more hikers than expected which turned out to be a good thing, they helped me find my way out.

8 days ago

Super fun and pretty quick. Straight down descent and ascent, so it might be hard on your knees but the rock tower and views from inside the gorge are worth it!

hiking
8 days ago

Tough hike for any beginners.
Big payoff if you climb up to the top of the tower.
Take plenty of water. You will need it for the hike back uphill to Old Hwy 105.

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hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike with great swimming and climbing spots everywhere with pretty flowers in the spring. Hike down is easy, but back up can be hard. Beautiful spot with a little view as well early on. Saw a couple of snakes, bees, birds, squirrels, crawfish, fish, and chipmunks.

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8 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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8 months ago

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