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.
dogs on leash
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.
Awesome views!! Definitely not an easy hike.
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.
Awesome trail with breathtaking views. First mile or so is a steady incline with views the whole way.
Hike from short off to hawksbill for the best hike in North Carolina!
Great hike with phenomenal views. Strenuous ascent takes about 45 minutes to an hour, them very easy cross-country hiking across the top of the ridge. I have only gone about three miles across so I can't speak for the entire 14 mile hike.
This is my favorite trail in the gorge. It has absolutely the best views of the gorge and eastern side valley as you walk the ridge. There are numerous camp sites near the Chimneys and just south of Shortoff Mountain. THERE IS NO WATER ANYWHERE ON THIS TRAIL AS OF NOV 2016. The bog and water tree are dry, so plan accordingly. Take some time to linger around the Chimneys and explore. Many access this trail from Wolf Pit parking lot, but I find it easier to start at Table Rock.
Really beautiful up there ...
Not an easy hike but not too strenuous. The climb back up to table rock parking lot from shortoff is very steep. Great views of sunset and sunrise.
Beautiful views ~ not too challenging, but definitely not an easy hike, either.