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

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)

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

Ended up doing this trail by accident... but so happy we did! We went around to Little Green summit first and then down to the falls. The trail was definitely easy going for the first 3+ miles. A nice/steep climb to the top and then some AMAZING views. Got a little turned around on the summit thanks to some careless wandering but never got too far off path. The entire 4 hours we were in the area we only saw 4 other groups of people which made the experience even more perfect. Can't wait to come back for a weekend of camping/hiking.

True to the Description listed on the post. Well marked and maintained trail. Took Tower up and Backside down - I’m sure would be great the opposite way too. Backside has many steps near the top. Have to be careful with pups/ kids at the summit as there are many steep cliff sides at the lookout points. Beautiful views!

Decent hike. Great views at the top. Table Rock summit definitely has more wow-factor.

16 days ago

Hummmmm. I have a lot of thoughts about this trail. It does have a little bit of everything. The Hebron Falls were very pretty - although difficult to get to. I like a little of a challenge, but oh the MUD!!! This trail needs some major improvements. If they could “raise” the trail with gravel that would be a huge bonus. The ladder climbs are fun and different from most trails I have done. However the multiple stream crossings need (at least) a small bridge. The local scout troop could do that in a few weekends.
Overall okay trail. I was tired after I finished - although the day before I did Cone Manor (also ~6 miles) which is a much easier trail.

Great workout and beautiful views!

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!

21 days ago

This trail and the Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area are hidden jewels in Alexander County in the Vashti area. The Vertical Mile Challenge (VMC) is true to its name—a challenging 2.2 mile trail that uses some of the Hollow Trail paths. After 8 laps you’ve climbed 5,280 feet vertically. Best time to visit is late-September when the park lights up with bunches and bunches of tiny yellow flowers—very beautiful and surreal. Many other activities at the park too like rock climbing, nature trails, picnicking, ranger talks, and nature displays.

23 days ago

Nice Trail....It was a little busy but nothing too unexpected for an easier trail. Well maintained and easy to follow.

27 days ago

My gf and I along with our dog decided to make this our first hike. We are from a beachy city in Florida so this was definitely not our normal hike. It rained on us and was supper foggy for the first 45mins but cleared up a bit. Muddy and slick in some spots but nothing to crazy. The dog ran circles around us the entire time, she loved it just as much!

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

Not hard I promise! I see families with kids on this trail all the time. The environment is great though. There’s a lot of water and Hebron rock colony can be accessed from this route. This is a great hike to do in the summer bc there are a lot of good potential swimming holes. Julian price park gets crowded so get there early in the spring and summer months.

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

great trail, not that challenging except for the rocks.

Beautiful views ! It was fun walking around the crags. Take extra water for your dog. Steep end climb to the top- hard on a mid50 year old with aging knees and not good shape- but so worth it! Some amazing photos are
posted. Thanks for sharing them!

Best views for the minimal effort required to get there. Good exploring opportunities on the “table top.” Only one mile up, fairly steep, but manageable for most folks and pets alike. 360 degree views await at the top. Trailhead parking offers a launch point for a good hike to short-off too. Saw some great camping spots, but haven’t camped here. Also, not a climber, but some good rock faces for climbing/repelling: May have to compete with Outward Bound for a good spot though. Highly traveled, watch for dog poop.

1 month ago

This place is great with multiple campsites along the way. Take every side route because that’s where most of the waterfalls and balds are. The place is beautiful. There is a bald on salt rock that isn’t labeled on any maps I say and it’s a beautiful view must go to that.

Great Views!

This is a great quick day hike. The trail isn’t long. I made it up and down in under an hour even with the ice. Went 1/21/18. Most of the snow is gone however there’s ice on the top part of the trail. Last 1/5 of the trail is pretty steep. Go left at the top for an amazing view of the gorge and table rock. Go right for a 360 view! Awesome picnic location.

Worth every second. Incredible view. Went when it was still quite cold so there was patchy ice at different spots. It seemed to pose a little bit of an issue for some pups in some of the steeper areas towards the top, but wasn’t unmanageable. Absolutely breathtaking.

Linville Gorge is amazing. It is also unforgiving. Be prepared for some of the most beautiful scenery on the east coast but be prepared to earn those views. My favorite hangout in NC.

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.

I hiked this Christmas Eve and enjoyed throughly enjoyed the trail. There wasn't too many people out, mostly had the trail to myself. The gate to the road is closed so you do have to walk the dirt road to the trailhead. I liked the added distance to it. It is a good moderate trailhead a little scrambling at the end with big rocks.

Great views

Great hike on a cold morning. It was 15 degrees when we started. The majority of the hike was close to water which was a plus. We took a small sidetrack to view Hebron Falls and well worth it. Several stream crossing but nothing to be concerned about. Plan to take hike again in warmer weather.

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

excellent trail. lots of good views of small waterfalls and some good challenges for the moderate hiker. definitely a favorite hike. but, be careful at the end....going through the campground can be confusing, could be marked better.

Cons: Ugly. Definitely designed for mountain biking, but full of red mud and lacking in anything resembling scenery.

Pros: Beautifully maintained, trail markers every .5 miles, very nice clockwise/counterclockwise system.

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