The Linville Gorge – How To Visit

Burke County, NC

September 1, 2022 – Everyone can see the Linville Gorge from several vantage points on the eastern and western rims. However, it is important to know that some places are more accessible than others. Be prepared! There’s no water, gas stations or other services near this area. Wear appropriate footwear. No FLIP-FLOPS! Park only in designated areas and pack out everything you pack in. Don’t forget your hammock!

Western Rim

Old NC Highway 105, a dirt and gravel road runs along the western rim from the intersection of NC highway 183 south to NC Hwy 126 near Lake James. This road can be impassable during snow and ice events and contain deep ruts after periods of wet weather. Visitors should travel this road with caution even during dry periods.

Wisemans View

This sideroad off of Old 105 travels approximately a quarter mile to a large parking area. From here, there is a paved, wheelchair-accessible path out to the actual edge of the gorge. There are stairs down to the actual rock pulpits overlooking the 1,500- feet deep gorge. Wisemans View is approximately 4 miles south of NC 183.

The Pinnacle

This rock outcropping is a ¼ mile hike from Old 105 and follows the Mountains to Sea Trail which is well-marked. A 15-foot scramble up to the little summit of the Pinnacle offers 360-degree views of the southern end of the Gorge, Shortoff Mountain, Lake James, and the South Mountains, 16 miles away!

Eastern Rim

Eastern Rim views of the gorge require hiking from parking lots and trail heads. This area is accessed by Table Rock Road which begins near Gingercake Acres development off of NC highway 181. Follow the signs in the development to Table Rock road.

Table Rock

Forest Service Road 210B intersects Table Rock Road and takes you to the summit parking lot and picnic area. The last half-mile of the road is steep, very curvy, and paved. Once to the parking area, you can choose to the 1-mile hike to the summit of Table Rock or hike south through the picnic area to see the Chimneys. Both hikes offer views of the gorge with Table Rock giving you a 360-degree panoramic view from Grandfather Mountain to Mount Mitchell and beyond.


Hawksbill is slightly higher than Table Rock and the hike is considered strenuous. Park along Table Rock Road north of Table Rock and start hiking the 1.5- mile trail to the summit. The Summit area is smaller than Table Rock, but has incredible views looking north through the gorge.

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