Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in North Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lots of switchbacks but still pretty steep. Fairly difficult but the view is worth it.

Hiked these trails, and also other trails. Good hike and workout!

on Table Rock Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail with a great view at the top! Beware this trail is much longer if the gate at the bottom of the paved road is closed. It turned into a 4.1mi round trip with over 1300ft of elevation. No issues on the dirt road with a small sedan, but it does take nearly 25min of driving on the dirt road to get to the trail.

Spectacular views with just enough challenging sections! Great for either a day hike or an overnighter.

Very well marked and maintained trail. Great views of the Lake and surrounding mountains as you make your ascent from the Buffalo Creek Park. Even views of a rock with the same reflective properties as looking glass rock as the sun hits it in the morning. Nice cliffs on the first half of the trail. Second half of the trail you can see flapjack rock. At the Chimney Rock state park end of the trail, you have the rock tunnel and Eagle Rock.

Easy hike except for the distance/elevation change. Intermediate/expert mountain bike trail.

There's also some rock climbing and bouldering problems along the trail.

Very limited parking at Buffalo Creek Park side. There's also parking at the Chimney rock trailhead, but it requires a reservation.

View at the top is worth it! Very muddy right now, and our watches showed 3 miles each way

Dear lord this was a hard trail. Me and my two best friends went camping together and we spontaneously decided to do this trail for some reason. The whole thing is pretty much uphill but the view... my god the view was incredible at the top. It was so breathtaking it made the whole hike worth it. Just a note: the three of us are not in peak physical condition. I’m moderately fit but have hypoglycemia and a syncope problem, one friend has asthma and hypoglycemia but she runs frequently, and the second friend just casually works out. It took a while to go up and down this monster but we managed it.

Great views at the summit
Overnight camping you can experience sunset And sunrises

This should be on your top 10 list!

Great for people with a desire for a big pay. You will earn the view toward the top but it’s worth it. Can be muddy and slippery so wear proper shoes and take it slow.

This hike was probably one of the best hike that I have been. The views on the way was amazing and the views at the top are specular! While I did just part of the loop (turned left at the Spence Ridge Trail Head rather than going on Spence Ridge Trail) it was still good exercise! The trail is not marked in spots so make sure you are aware of where the trail is. The group I went with make a few wrong turns but thankfully using this app on my phone and guidance from some friendly hikers we managed to find our way back to the correct trail. I am looking forward to hiking this trail again!

Every time we go to this trail, it’s a new experience and always wonderful. Summer time, it’s beautiful but today absolutely blew my mind. My husky, my 5 year old son, my fiancée and I all highly suggest this trail in any season. It’s a little muddy sometimes but you don’t go hiking when you wanna stay clean!

The 360 view at the top is amazing! Beautiful views going up as well. Take some short breaks and you’ll make it up with a steady pace. The trail isn’t marked in some areas but this isn’t a reason to quit, it’s worth the effort.

Loved the view from the top, but there wasn't much of a view at all till the overlook. Some of the other climbs we hiked had a several views along the way, this one was forest until the overlook.
Still, a fun hike, with a breathtaking view. The single vantage point, and reasonably heavy amount of traffic will probably keep me from going back, but I think it was absolutely worth doing once!

Great views. Not too difficult of a hike. Definitely worth it!

Good hike. Did the loop.

Fun trail with breathtaking views at the top! It’s a decent hike up - also super muddy from all the rain. There were also a ton of people hiking this trail. After you get through the switchbacks, it’s a steady incline up. Bring a snack and enjoy the view at the top.

Crowded, unable to run but amazing views.

Nice easy family hike!!

Very amazing trail enjoyed every thing about it not
To hard to get to the top

Overall I would rate a B+. Experienced Hiker. trail as not strenuous at all. a touch but muddy. Not to many people on the trail, popular trail for the dogs though. Old Britsh man at the top asked if I wanted to share a pint with, I accepted the gracious offer. View was decent. Over all a good hike.

The taller mountains were snowed in, so this was a great alternative! Lower elevation had great winter weather, and the views were still exactly what I was hoping for when we were planning this trip.

hiking
26 days ago

Some snow and mud--beautiful.

Beautiful place camped overnight got a snow flurry or two. November 11 when we were there

Not a bad hike at all, first mile is kinda steep but don’t let it fool you it’ll slack up some. The views are definitely worth the hike, bring lunch

Pretty easy hike. Slippery when wet and it was extremely windy and foggy, so my view was nothing. I’m sure it’s a five star view, but I didn’t get to witness it.

So beautiful! The beginning is definitely steep, but so worth it for the views! I did it with my 14 month old on my back and was a great workout! Would love to come back and camp here.

great trail to challenge your leg strengths. I am a beginner hiker and it was a bit hard. it was worth to see the view on top!

Great hike..... 1st half is pretty tough in spots, then your rewarded with GORGEous views of the Linville Gorge. Great spot for exploring and finding some excellent "off the trail" views. 2nd half up to Table Rock is much easier, and again rewarded with some 360 degree views of the whole area. My only complaint is the trails up are poorly marked. No blaze markers on trees what so ever on the trip up. Their were several spots that we had to guess which way the actual trail was. Most of it was pretty obvious, but not all of it. We enjoyed the challenge though! Highly recommend though! Will do it again for sure!

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