|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
In Morganton NC Stop at CBS Sports on route 181 for directions and a map of the gorge. From the Table Rock Picnic area head south towards the chimneys. The direction of this hike is critical as you may be unable to find the Cambric Branch trail if you do the hike in the wrong direction. The hike needs to be done in a clockwise loop. Take the Shortoff Mountain Trail well past the chimneys to the Cambric Branch Trail. This steep downward trail that can be difficult to follow at times. Toward the end the trail becomes a bit of a "free for all, get down to the river any way you can" kind of deal. Cross the river where you feel safe to do so and then head up stream on the easy to follow Linville Gorge Trail. Take this trail all the way to the river crossing at the Spence Ridge Trail. This trail climbs steeply out of the Gorge. Take the Little Table Rock Trail to the base of Table Rock and then take the Table Rock trail to the top if have any climbing energy left for an amazing view! Campsites can be found all along the river on the Linville Gorge Trail and near the river crossing at the Spence Ridge Trail. A 2-3 night trip is perfect. Keep in mind that due to poor GPR reception in the Gorge portions of this trip were drawn in after the fact. This means that some locations are very close but not exact and you will need to use the Linville Gorge Wilderness Map.