Linville Gorge is always a favorite place visit, and one I don't get out to nearly as often as I should. It had been nearly seven years (thanks to my northern hiatus) since I had set foot on one of its trails and I wanted to make my return a special one. My planned route would take me up over the summit of Tablerock Mountain (one of the highest points along the rim of the gorge) down to the bottom and back out in a 7.5 mile loop. Utilizing some of the least used as well as most used trails in the gorge the hike would offer a little bit of everything that this wilderness has to offer. The hike would be a rugged one with an elevation gain over the entire route approaching 2,000-feet. Knowing it would be a classic, I headed out early to enjoy one of the last great days of fall...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.903519, -81.878968
Hike Length: 7.5 miles Hike Duration: 3:45
Trailhead Temp: 35'F
Min. Elevation: 2,000' Max. Elevation: 4,100'
Total Vertical Gain: 2,100' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 280'