Outbound Collective logo

Hike to the Summit of Table Rock Mountain

Morganton, North Carolina

based on 5 reviews



2.2 miles

Elevation Gain

572 ft

Route Type



Added by Merritt McKinney

Table Rock Mountain's characteristic summit can easily be spotted from the foothills of Western North Carolina. Come here for the serenity at the top. This mountain is a popular rock climbing haven and boasts some of the best climbing in the South East with its epic views. A great spot to camp, waking up to this panorama is a majestic way to start the day! The summit is fun and easy to explore with only a 2.2 mile round trip hike. Plus, did we mention that there's hammocking trees sprouting off the top, offering the best seat in the house?!

Off of Highway 181, the trailhead is very clearly marked with a large parking lot. Although the trail is fairly short, make sure you have your footing, because the trail does switch back and forth in addition to gaining elevation -- it's pretty steep in some places! It's all worth it when you get to the 3,930' peak. The top is roomy, so find a spot, get comfortable, and day dream within these lush and ancient vistas.

If you want to get a camping permit, head to the Grandfather Ranger District at 109 East Lawing Dr. Nebo, NC 28761.

P.S. It's open April-December (the road is closed January-March)

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Picnic Area

Hike to the Summit of Table Rock Mountain Reviews

Tough hike but summit is well worth it!!

The views of the Linville Gorge from atop this mountain are fabulous. The Gorge looks tiny from this high up perspective. The hike up to the top is not long, but it’s difficult. The trail is uneven and a steep incline. Once on top, there is a large area of rock that can be explored and climbed to experience views from different perspectives. Parking was a bit of a nightmare. There was not enough parking so people made their own parking spots, which made it even more difficult to drive around looking for parking. The parking situation is a headache, but the views from the top make it worth it.

Table Rock Mountain is one of the most unique on the entire east coast. Its steep cliff faces look like they belong more in the Rockys than in the Appalachians. The hike is pretty short and easy, but definitely packs a ton of awesome views in. The 360-degree panoramic views at the top are nothing short of incredible. Expect it to be cold at the summit!

Such a wonderful spot! We stopped here to camp 2 months ago when we hiked the Linville Loop. Nothing beats those views! :)

Great article. I am up that way often and will definitely stop there now. Thanks

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


Little Table Rock Trail

Camp at the Chimneys in the Linville Wilderness

Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

Hawksbill Mountain Trail

Hike to Hawksbill Mountain

Hike the Conley Cove Trail into Linville Gorge