One of the most ruggedly beautiful hikes I've ever been on. I descended via the Babel Tower Trail then followed the Linville Gorge Trail downriver to the Sandy Flats Trail. From there I made my 1200' climb out of the gorge...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.907309, -81.911145
Hike Length: ~9.0 miles Hike Duration: 5:15
Trailhead Temp: 65'F
Min. Elevation: 2,150' Max. Elevation: 3,800'
Total Vertical Gain: 2,100' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 233'