Table Rock Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.4 miElevation gain544 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This trail is only open between April-December. Camping is allowed anywhere but a permit is required Fri-Sun and on holidays. The paved road to the top also closes seasonally due to weather. You may need to park at the base of the road and it will add 1.4 miles to the hike. 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. 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.

Ample paved parking, picnic tables and toilet facilities at end of road marked by Table Rock Picnic area signs.

Camping is allowed anywhere but a permit is required on weekends (Fri-Sun) and holidays between May 1 and October 31. You can obtain a permit by stopping by or writing the District Ranger Office at: District Ranger Grandfather Ranger District 109 East Lawing Dr. Nebo, NC 28761 (828) 652-2144

From intersection of US 221 and NC 181 in Linville, NC, head south on NC 181 for about 10 miles. Turn right onto Ginger Cake Road - then take the upper left fork at about a half mile to Table Rock Road (FS 210). The road then turns into a hard packed dirt road. After about 8 miles, turn right onto Old Table Rock Road (follow sign to Table Rock picnic area), which then becomes paved and switchbacks up the mountain for about 2 miles to the very nice picnic area. All roads are bumpy in areas, especially after alot of rain, but are well-maintained, and should be passable in passenger cars. Trailhead starts from the parking lot.

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Noah Barrier
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Awesome trail a lot of elevation but not hard and it is definitely worth the view

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J&J Shannahan
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Short, moderate (only because of some of the rocks) hike with beautiful views along length of trail and spectacular views at summit! We were there early afternoon on New Years Eve and were pleasantly surprised to be only ones at summit. Note: drive in is 8miles of dirt/gravel rutted in some places. Passable for passenger vehicle but AWD SUV or truck would be better. Also note: sign in parking lot said closed for season effective January 4th.

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Jessica B
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Ethan Owens
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Molly Corrigan
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HikingGreat!

Favorite views in the Gorge, but definitely gets crowded on the weekends. Moderately difficult as far as the gorge goes.

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Dax G
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Ashley Brock
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Rocky & steep in some spots but the views start almost instantly!

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Casey Davidson
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Super fun trail, be ready for some rock scrambling if you want to get to some cool views, easy and doable. Watch out for ice on some rocky parts where the sun doesn’t reach when hiking. The cut off trails lead to some great places as well, some were overgrown but you’ll see the well travelled ones. Definitely a must see!

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Desiree Fairchild
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very beautiful, we took one mile trail and it was worth the drive there, best views. took our 6 yr old he loved it. very peaceful.

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Dale Glenn
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Wow! The views along this trail are amazing. As are the views from the top. The only real hard part about this one was the drive in. There were lots of stair sections and just walking up slab on spots. Was great to see the rapids on Wilson Creek, that I 've kayaked hundreds of times, to the east as we reached the top. You can get a pretty decent 360° view from a couple of the higher rocks. I look forward to coming back and exploring this area more.

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Aaron Stewart
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It was fun

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Faith Mabe
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Kayla Terry
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Great views, nice trail!

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Stephen Beebe
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dank!

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Brian S. Woods
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The east rim of Linville Gorge differs from that of the west rim. Whereas the west-side trails tend to descend to the Linville River, the east-side trails tend to reach towards then hold steady along the summits. The drive to Table Rock Trail takes patience and effort. That patience and effort pays off, especially for those who combine Table Rock with nearby trails (easily accomplished). Outstanding views are in abundance. These views include not only high vistas, but a showcase of rugged and massive stone. It is a photographer's dream world, regardless of season or conditions.

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Lora Cobb
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amazing views!

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Jill Masten-Byers
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Meg A
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Outstanding views. Challenging walk but great spots to take a short break and see out. The summit is beautiful. The drive to the trailhead is a bumpy ride (in a sedan) with most of it on a gravel road.

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Jon Tate
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A pretty easy trail that will get your heart rate pumping while ascending. Finally had a day with no fog, or excessive winds- so it was perfect. One of my favorite things about this trail are the often passed by trails that spur off from the main trail. Just past the white dots that mark the MST trail- is a great little place to scurry off too, and do some light bordering or even rappelling. Keep your eye out! Took the pup to the top and she enjoyed every minute of it!

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Tato Cardona
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very nice views is rated moderate and really it's

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Johanna Atehortua
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Michael Strilka
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Beautiful views however poorly labeled in the beginning

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Sarah Price
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Really enjoyed this hike. It was challenging—- I’m ashamed by how challenged I was. But the views were stunning, it wasn’t crowded (on a Monday). Definitely highly recommend. One of the best hikes I’ve been on in the Carolinas. One amendment—- I wouldn’t follow The Chimneys trail all the way. The best of it ends well before the recording/map on this route. I felt like the last .25 miles was uninteresting. But what a small complaint! Will definitely come back to this area and explore more!

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Rachel Johnson
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Decently strenuous hike with some AMAZING views at the top. Great views for a 2 miles trail total.

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Tom Deal
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Moderately difficult but very brief - GPS clocked us at 1.57 miles round trip. Views appear early and often. Vista on top is not to be missed and lots of side trail exploring to do - we could clearly see Charlotte 75 miles away. Minimal trail water sources for the dog. This is a popular trail so consider picking up trash as you go. There are pit toilets and picnic tables at the parking lot.

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