Table Rock Mountain

A short and fairly steep hike up to one of the most iconic peaks in Linville Gorge.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
163 m
Descent
163 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
Table Rock Mountain Map

The profile of Table Rock Mountain is one of the most distinguishable and stunning peaks seen anywhere in Western North Carolina—its table-like profile slicing harshly along the horizon. Towering along the eastern rim of Linville Gorge, this short hike awards some of the most captivating views you can find in the southeast, and it's an excellent day trip for anyone in Asheville.

Description

This route to the 3,900' summit is just 1.5 miles round-trip from the trailhead. Though short, it is rather steep, and may be strenuous if you are not familiar with hiking in the area. The views are spectacular, however, so your legs will quickly forget the challenging climb up!

The road to the trailhead is unpaved shortly after leaving the main highway. 2WD is usually adequate, but higher clearance is a must for the 7-mile drive up. It is only open between April and December, and though rare, early winter weather or severe weather could lead to random closures. It's always a wise idea to check with the local ranger station to verify the latest conditions.

Source

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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