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Best trails in Morganton

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Looking for a great trail near Morganton, North Carolina? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or South Mountains State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Morganton ranging from 1.4 to 11.6 miles and from 1,102 to 4,166 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Morganton
Top trails (25)
#1 - Shortoff Mountain
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
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. Show more
#2 - Table Rock Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
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.Show more
#3 - The Chimneys
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 56 m
#4 - Table Rock and The Chimneys from Spence Ridge
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
#5 - Fonta Flora Trail Loop
Lake James State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#6 - Table Rock Loop from Spence Ridge Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#7 - Linville River
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
This is a great little hike. Short but medium in difficulty --with packs. The hike starts from the 1238 service road and leads to the rocky Linville River. You can then hike south along the river. Great camping.Show more
#8 - Spence Ridge Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#9 - Pinchin to Linville River to Conley to Rock Jock
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
#10 - Pinchin Trail
Linville Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
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