Table Rock Trail

MODERATE 237 reviews
#4 of 43 trails in

Table Rock Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 534 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This trail is only open between April-December. Camping is allowed anywhere but a permit is required Fri-Sun and on holidays. 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Always great to get to the Gorge. Took the family there today after visiting the Eastern Gorge a few months back. Road up is no bueno but once we figured out where to be it was all good. Hike isn’t too difficult. Just bring a little water and take you’re time if not in decent shape. It was all good. Definitely explore all parts-North and South toward Shortoff. Everyone loved it. Took my day to Chimneys afterwards before the storms. Great views of Perrigrine Falcons and the Gorge. She loved it!!Recommend going through Gingercake to access Table Rock and eastern Gorge. Beautiful place!!

hiking
1 month ago

Save your legs and do the Chimneys if you can only do two of these. The view of Table Rock is cooler than the views from it, in my opinion. Little Table Rock is also interesting and has less foot traffic. The trails that lead off from Table Rock - Devils Cellar - are incredible. Table Rock is a great place to catch the sunset

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible payoff at the top. Beautiful panoramic views of the gorge. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m out of shape (I hate cardio) so I had a little bit of a rough time near the end getting up but the views were wonderful! Getting there was a pain in the ass only because the roads were not marked well at all, kinda sketchy drive up. But overall I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone who is looking for a shorter hike with nice open view, make sure to look around after summitting, there’s little trails everywhere that’ll take you all over rocks.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

The drive to the picnic area is ling and steep. The short jaunt to the summit is rocky and steep. However about 0.2 miles up the trail is an equally great view, making the summit unnecessary.

hiking
2 months ago

After Shortoff and the Chimneys, we thought we'd try Little Table Rock trail but after a half mile in, the trail became really overgrown, so decided to go up Table Rock instead. It's a climb if you are already tired, but awesome views all around make it well worth it. Make sure you go through the brush at the top near the stone foundation to enjoy the views of the gorge upstream toward Sitting Bull. Great place to chill and picnic, relax after a full day of hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views along the way..

2 months ago

❤️⛰

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful view! We hiked Table Rock after Hawksbill and Table Rock was a little easier of a hike than Hawksbill. Would also recommend you hike The Chimneys after Table Rock. The parking lot is shared for both trails. Table Rock is worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice view at the top of Hawksbill Mtn and the Gorge. Not too strenuous. 2 mile roundtrip.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Must do again! The 360 view at top made the tough hike so worthwhile!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty tough trail but the amazing 360° views makes it all worth it. When I say tough I definitely do not mean hard but it is a good climb.

hiking
3 months ago

Strenuous hike, but well worth it. Beautiful views from the top. There is a very rough gravel road leading up to the parking lot, not made for low clearance cars.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. From the Table Rock picnic area - parking area this hike is only 1 mile to the summit, 2 miles round trip. You will travel approximately 7 miles on the gravel road until you reach paved road, then you will travel approximately another 1/2 mile to the parking area. This till take you maybe an hour if you are in a car or low clearance vehicle, as the gravel road is very rough. The trail is well marked and climbs gradually until the last 1/4 miles or so and then gets steeper. There is no water on this trail so be sure to pack a couple of water bottles. There are plenty of great views of the Linville Gorge wilderness from this trail. When you get to the summit you will be glad that you hiked this trail, the views are very beautiful! No tress, no areas for camping unless you camp cowboy style. Be sure to walk to the end of the trail left and right. To find the United States Geological Survey Brass Marker , once you get to the summit hang a left and go to the end, the brass marker is in the rock at the end. Beautiful weather the day I hiked.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Loved this hike! Definitely a great view from all angles at the top! Recommend this hike to anyone! Will definitely come back!!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

I would recommend this hike to anyone looking for a hike with a great view !

hiking
4 months ago

Highly recommend. I took my Aussie and my dad for a quick day trip from Charlotte. Beautiful place, was not very crowded when I went. However, recommend going after April 1st. The extra hike up to the parking lot was almost brutal (especially on the way down) lol but it was well worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Monumental mountain. A must for anyone. park is closed three months of the year. January thru March, I think. Last time I hiked it was when it was closed. I parked at the gate and hiked in, turns it into a 5 mile hike. But, it was great because I had the entire mountain to myself!

hiking
6 months ago

The hike is a little harder but the view is worth it. Table rock is beside of the Linnville Gorge and from the highest point of the mountain you can spot the linnville falls down below. Be careful with dogs on this trail because of the cliffs. The view is amazing and a great spot to camp. The road up to the trail is long but if you have a good playlist or a good friend along you shouldn’t worry about it. Be careful about the ruts and width of this road.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with a great view at the top! Beware this trail is much longer if the gate at the bottom of the paved road is closed. It turned into a 4.1mi round trip with over 1300ft of elevation. No issues on the dirt road with a small sedan, but it does take nearly 25min of driving on the dirt road to get to the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail to the top also can go to the left of the parking lot to take the trail towards Shortoff mtn. Go as far as you want and turn around

9 months ago

Well worth the drive. But the gravel road is very bumpy and barely wide enough for two cars. Without an SUV, that road takes a lot longer to drive. It took us an hour to drive it. But it was a beautiful hike with great views.

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike with great views.

9 months ago

Beautiful. Moderate walk with superb views, especially at the top. Bring a lunch and a camera.

hiking
9 months ago

The hike itself is beautiful. Steep and definitely kinda difficult, but short enough that it's not a problem. HOWEVER, only go if you have a car that can handle a bumpy gravel road! You'll be on a dirt road for about 15-20 minutes before you hit paved road near the very top, and the dirt road was difficult to navigate for our VW Beetle. If we had a sturdier car it would've been totally fine, but instead it was quite nerve-racking!

9 months ago

After driving down a gravel road for a while it will turned paved again and follow it until you reach the parking lot. Takes roughly 25 minutes to ascend. Great view

10 months ago

Perfect for a quick yet not easy hike with awesome views!!

11 months ago

awesome!!I would do it again!!

hiking
11 months ago

absolutely beautiful views. Well worth the hike! A must see

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful right before sunset!

Load More

Featured Trails