Devil's Hole is a 4.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 4.8 km Elevation Gain: 397 m Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

forest

river

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From the Fire Service road/Table Rock road, hike up to the pass and follow north to the trail head for Devil's Hole trail.  Trail starts down gradually for about 100 yards and then begins a steep decent to the Linville River.  Important to remember every step down is equalled to a step up on the way back if you're doing an out and back hike. Nice places to camp at the bottom near the river and swimming holes are refreshing.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail. Very steep down and very strenuous return back up but worth it. The river at the bottom is beautiful. Make sure you mark the trail for yourself so as not to get lost on the way back up. Not for beginners.

3 months ago

this trail is tough, took a little over a hour to get down to bottom but took us 3 hours back up, I had a 40+ lbs pack on tho. first time doing anything this crazy. but I can say I did it. cool place tho.

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blowdown
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

From the Sitting Bear Trail head take a right and head up the hill to large camping area. Go straight through the camping area to trail on other side. A pile of rocks marks the way. Take the Devil's Hole trail on the left and start down the mtn. The trail is well traveled and easy to see at the top but quickly becomes confusing when you get to the ravene/ creek bed. There are too may downed trees to count and many detours. When in doubt, follow the creek bed and the trail will reappear eventually. There are multiple nice camping spots at the bottom. Make sure you make the extra effort to climb down to the river. The best views are here. The climb back up is super challenging, especially with a pack. This trail should be marked s strenuous vs. moderate and is not recommended for a beginner hiker.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Very fitting name for the trail. Super primitive and rough. I would not recommend this hike for a beginner or novice. First half of the trail is fairly defined, second half is very messy and confusing. Multiple trees are down which block the trail, Some you can climb over, others you have to find a way around. If you look hard enough you can see detour paths from previous hikers. Didn't have too much trouble going down but coming out was brutal, both navigationally and physically with a full pack. When I began to exit, I had to backtrack multiple times because I walked myself into some corners. I can only imagine how hard it would be to navigate in the summer with extra overgrowth. The 2 campsites at the end of the trail are nice, but to get to the river you have to keep going and hike down a very steep and short section beyond the campsites.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice walk down to river. Once down to river many good camp areas and swimming holes. It is somewhat steep, as are most gorge trails to the river but well worth the short hike down.

hiking
8 months ago

Tough hike...walking on a bed of rocks most of the way. Views at the river are worth every step.

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blowdown
off trail
over grown
scramble
9 months ago

trail is rough and weathered. the majority of the hike is through a dry riverbed full of miss covered stones. the hike down is moderate, but tough if the rocks are slippery. the hike back is much more difficult even adept hikers will have a challenge. interesting plant fungi and animal life through the dense woods, with a good view of the river at the end

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
Sat Feb 09 2019

this is a hard hike. the trail is badly marked. not worth for beginner's. the river looks smooth but has a very powerful drag underneath the current

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

Tough hike coming up from the bottom.. Trail is fairly easy to follow going down.(as usual some A'hole stole the trail sign) Once at the bottom there is no obvious or relatively simple access to the river. Been there, done that. Enjoyed Spence Ridge trail much more since there is easy access to the river. Also this would have been a better hike in the fall after the leaves are down.

Sun Jul 01 2018

Intense hike! Worth it though.Going In was a breeze, but coming out was murder. The rocks and water are wonderful. Get refreshed before heading out and take your time!

hiking
Mon Apr 02 2018

On the harder side.. but still not to bad as its pretty short.

hiking
Sun Nov 26 2017

Started at sleeping bear trail head, connected to Hawksbill Mountain, then walked the ridge to the top and the Devil's Hole trailhead. Trail is not marked, and can be a little tricky to find sometimes. The hike up and down the ridge is steep, but not too long. Hiked this trail in the fall, so the leaves made the trail a bit slippery, hiking poles definitely helped. Great camping spot at the bottom near the water for those who are backpacking.

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