Shortoff Mountain Trail

HARD 151 reviews
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Shortoff Mountain Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1289 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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. 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.

2 days ago

Beautiful views of the gorge. Hiked during late winter, so it was quite nippy and icy throughout the hike. During the summer, be sure to stay safe, but if hiking the winter, watch for the ice on the rocks! Fantastic views!

3 days ago

Solid hike - We hiked in 5 miles to the base of the chimneys and hiked out the next day. There are only a few water sources other than at the top so plan ahead.

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is by far my very favorite trail that I have hiked in NC. Great views I mean fantastic views of the gorge. Wild blueberries growing along side the trail. Great views of Lake James. Steep incline at first and then it flattens out at the top of the trail. There is a pond and shade at that point. This trail is spectacular in so many ways! My 14 yr old Dixie trekked it with me on her birthday. Happy Trails!

backpacking
10 days ago

The views of St James Lake get better as you go further up the trail. Linville gouge is one of the first protected natural areas in the USA, and you will see why when you reach the top. Happy Hiking and don t forget you water

17 days ago

This is a fantastic out-and-back trail that climbs to the top of the south end of Linville Gorge with incredible views of the river below and the Gorge beyond.

23 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever. Beautiful views of Linville Gorge. One you reach the top it’s an easy hike. Haven’t went all the way to table rock yet but half way

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was incredible! The views were amazing throughout the entire hike. Definitely a strenuous workout but well worth it.

1 month ago

amazing must see hike. initial ascent is a bit rough with rocky steps but then is an easy flat wandering along the edge of the gorge and through burnt rocky wilderness. went 3.8 miles out, tons of primitive campsites, before the trail began descending to the chimneys (and then back up to table rock)

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty hard hike but the payoff is worth the effort.

1 month ago

love this trail! perfect mix of climbing and level areas. look forward to doing this one again for sure.

1 month ago

Would like to come back in the Spring or fall and do again. Great views from the ridge lines. Walking poles would be useful.

hiking
2 months ago

My boys and I had an awesome time on this hike. Beautiful from start to finish. Pretty strenuous but not terrible (and I’m not an avid hiker). Will definitely do this again.

2 months ago

One of best trails close to Morganton NC

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite trails. A little of everything elevation, flat areas, beautiful views.

3 months ago

went with the family and a 3 month old Aussie pup. Dont know that my parents enjoyed it as much as I did, but the views are absolutely gorgeous the whole way and it's a great reward for the tough hike. (Mind you, even if you're in pretty decent shape it's tough though)

3 months ago

this place is near and dear to my heart glad I live so close to such a beautiful place the big man above created a masterpiece with this one

3 months ago

Great workout and beautiful views!

3 months ago

This trail is labeled HARD for a reason, but it is so worth it!! In the summer there are wild blueberries lining the path, and the views of the gorge are simply stunning. the campgrounds are also gorgeous.
Be ready for some burning legs! This trail is breathtaking in more ways than one!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved the views!!! Rough hike. Beware. Worth it for the views.

hiking
4 months ago

As a resident of the area. We live off Wolf Pit Rd and enjoy sharing our mountain to all who want to enjoy it. The road in (Wolf Pit) is a State/Federal rd. It has fallen into a sad shape. We have started a petition to submit to our Representatives to get some agency to take up repair and maintenance of Wolf Pit. Please sign https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-repair-and-maintain-wolf-pit-road

5 months ago

The road to get to the trail head is winding and narrow with more than a few deep ruts. The last 1.5 miles of the road was locked closed for winter, it's 1.5 miles of steep uphill on blacktop. The option for getting more water seems to be a single spring about 6 miles in.
Well marked, minimal trash, death defying heights and ledges, what could be better? 29 miles of wilderness fun.

5 months ago

Absolutely the sickest trail I have ever experienced. difficult as can be but totally worth the effort

6 months ago

The whole gorge is amazing to hike. Make sure to take plenty of water while on the outer ridges a

6 months ago

Mono non minimal

7 months ago

My home trail, if you will, as we enjoy a cabin at the base of the gorge with my wife’s family. We hike here often, and think the views are some of the best in the area. Love it!

8 months ago

Tons of bugs in late afternoon during the 1st 2 miles of trail when visited in July. They don't bite though :). Plenty of spots to stop and marvel at the gorge. Switchbacks were only moderately difficult with plenty of rocks. At no point were climbing or even scurrying skills needed. Camping areas along the ridge were beautiful. Trailhead road was 3 miles of dirt/ gravel road but easily accessible by any car - 4x4 not necessary. Can't wait to hike it again.

9 months ago

Breathtaking and by that I don't just mean the views that saddle in the Mountain between shortoff mountain in the Chimney's / Table rock picnic Area is breathtaking it like walking up the steepest ski slope you've ever seen and then Doubling that

10 months ago

the rock terrain and views are really amazing. this is a challenging hike and your pretty exposed to the weather do plan accordingly. also fairly overgrown in places so pay attention. really good spot to get out and away.

backpacking
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the gorge. Start off from Wolf Pit Road up and around on Short Off Mountain trail. Great views of Lake James on the way up and stunning views of the gorge once you reach the top of the east rim. There are a couple amazing camp spots on top and also plenty embedded in the wooded areas.

backpacking
11 months ago

Views are gorgeous!

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