Shortoff Mountain Trail

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Shortoff Mountain Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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
14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3772 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

This is an unmarked section of wilderness hiking in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. From the base of Shortoff Mountain at the Wolfpit parking area, north to the base of the Chimney's is approximately five miles. Trekking in and out would be 10 miles total. Stunning views of the Gorge; plenty of spaces for camping (primitive / backcountry) and several water sources if you locate them ahead of time on a topo. Absolutely no blazes, but the trail is clear. If you can read a map, you are golden.

3 days ago

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15 days ago

Fantastic! First leg from Wolf Pit Rd trailhead is no joke. All uphill, but with great views from multiple points, easy to stop and take it in(catch your breath). Water can be seasonaly scarce on Shortoff, so plan ahead. Shortoff offers phenomenal views with a variety of campsite options. Can't wait to go back!

15 days ago

I love this trail but your directions (if you are coming from the west or live in McDowell) take you way out of the way! Just head out 70 from town and catch 126. Go out 126 past the state park and Paddy's Creek and turn left onto Wolfe Pit Road.

20 days ago

backpacking
20 days ago

Amazing scenery! Having hiked in the Rockies a lot I much prefer these mountains. If you're sensitive to the sun then you better put on some sunscreen, but if you like to tan then this is perfect!
I parked at Table rock and hiked to Shortoff, going back was a beast, but amazing.
Bring a lot of water because there's no water until you get close to Shortoff.
Loved the hike, loved the difficulty and loved my time being free in the wilderness. Only saw two people the whole time.
Have fun,
J

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome hike! I started at Table Rock Parking Lot and hiked along until I was about 1000' feet from the Shortoff Summit. Be aware, the hike back up to the ridge towards Table Rock from Chimney Gap is a beast! Virtually no shade trees, you will literally bake in the afternoon. Bring as much water as possible. I should have filled my water bottles (using a filter of course) from the spring down the side trail in Chimney Gap, but figured I had enough water to get back...Got back up to the ridge toward Table Rock with last sip of water...Overall, one of the most scenic hikes in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic hike. Steady elevation climb...but the switchback views help for breaks if needed. Trail is very rocky so I wore my boots. The view from the top is amazing. Stayed up there for over a half hour and barely got to cover it all.

2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. Views were amazing!!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome views!! Definitely not an easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

it's not 14.5 miles. absolutely gorgeous views. I hiked with 2 dogs on a Monday and only passed 3 other people. It was chilly but worth it. It's rocky tread so coming down be careful of skidding.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail with breathtaking views. First mile or so is a steady incline with views the whole way.

4 months ago

Hike from short off to hawksbill for the best hike in North Carolina!

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago