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Blood, Sweat, and Tears T 
Cave Route T 
Center Stage T 
Champ's Route T 
Consolation Prize  S 
Cool-down route T,S 
Cornsnake Crack T,S 
Crackerjack T 
Crushed Velvet T 
Devil¬ís Cellar Chimney T 
Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress T 
Field's Direct T 
Fresh Garbage T 
Hanging High T 
Helmet Buttress T 
Helmet Variation T 
Hidden Crack T 
Hobbling Hobbit T 
Honeymoon, The T 
Indecent exposure T 
Irish Stout T,S 
Jim Dandy T 
Junior's Last Laugh T 
Just Say Moo S 
K-Mart Special T 
Lateral Inhibition T 
My Route T 
North Ridge T 
Peek-a-Boo T 
Rip Van Winkle T 
Second Stanza T 
Skip to My Lou T 
Slippin' into Darkness T 
Solar Plexus T 
Tall Climb to Be Good On T 
Tankslapper S 
Trundler, The T 
Two Pitch T 
Warm Up Route T 
Waste A Bit T 
What's Up Doc? T,S 
White Lightning T 
Wooly Aphid T 

Table Rock Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Table Rock sits high on the eastern ridge of Linville Gorge. It commands a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape of western North Carolina.

This is a very popular destination for beginners and there is a tourist trail to the summit. There is a road that ends very close to the climbing area as well. These factors combine to create a rather circus-like atmosphere at times.

Despite that, Table Rock can be a fun, relaxing experience if approached with good judgement and knowledge.


Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the trail north (toward Table Rock: the big cliff you can see from the bathrooms). After about 5 min (0.25 mi), you will see a 3 foot high Rock wall on the right (made from really big rocks) turn right up this trail. Then after about 1 min (50 yards), you will see the first trail on your left; only take this to get to "The South End" routes ("Fresh Garbage" through "Two Pitch").

Keep going straight for "The East Face" routes ("Blood, Sweat and Tears" through "My Route") and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney".

After about 7 min (part of which you will be walking right next to the cliff on your left) you will arrive at 3 railroad tie steps; right above these are the bases of "Jim Dandy" and "Peek-a-Boo".

If you keep going, the trail will steepen; after about 8 min the trail will bring you to a 6 foot high scramble up through a little chimney formed by the cliff on your left and a huge boulder on your right. Right before this chimney is the base of "The Cave Route".

After scrambling up through that little chimney, the trail will curve to the left and then really steepen into a 4th class scramble up about 30 feet, which will bring you to "the Lunch Ledge" to the left, and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney") to the right.

On "the Lunch Ledge", the cliff will be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of "My Route" 5.6, then keep going to access the base of the 3rd pitch of "The Cave Route".

Where to Stay 

Hostels and Hotels

Harmony Hostel in Banner Elk, NC welcomes climbers.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',7],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',9],['5.11',7],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Table Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Table Rock:
Jim Dandy   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
North Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Peek-a-Boo   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Cave Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
Skip to My Lou   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Helmet Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
My Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Rip Van Winkle   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Hidden Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Cornsnake Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   
Crackerjack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
White Lightning   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Honeymoon   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Hanging High   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Slippin' into Darkness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Second Stanza   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   
Tall Climb to Be Good On   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Wooly Aphid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
What's Up Doc?   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Waste A Bit   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 90'   
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Featured Route For Table Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Following the second pitch -  weird but excellent ...

Indecent exposure 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock
This is a high quality route with your typical weird Table Rock style of climbing. It is by far my personal favorite route at Table Rock, and would get more traffic if it were at a different cliff. There are lots of sidepulls and weird movements involved, as well as a pretty clever rest if you can find it. It is a safe but intimidating route. P-1 Climb the "MM" dihedral about 30' up to a large stopper and a traverse right. Move out right the...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

Photos of Table Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Rock Climbing Photo: South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.
South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me at the second belay station on Second Stanza. A...
Me at the second belay station on Second Stanza. A...
Rock Climbing Photo: Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
BETA PHOTO: Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the south side of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: View of the south side of Table Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Trail Sign
Trail Sign
Rock Climbing Photo: East Face of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: East Face of Table Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: the top!!
the top!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Table Rock, NC (south side)
Table Rock, NC (south side)
Rock Climbing Photo: Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
Rock Climbing Photo: Table Rock with November Snow
Table Rock with November Snow
Rock Climbing Photo: The Chimmneys anchor rings
The Chimmneys anchor rings
Rock Climbing Photo: Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Rock Climbing Photo: Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Table Rock, looking NW photo M. Chaney
Summit of Table Rock, looking NW photo M. Chaney
Rock Climbing Photo: Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...
Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...

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By H2O
Oct 9, 2012
Climbed Table Rock East Face this weekend, climbed Jim Dandy and started Cave Route (weather turned us around). The Selected Climbs in NC guide book is not entirely accurate on how to get to the climbing areas (South, East and North Faces). First off, there are no knee high railroad ties on the left side in which to turn right. It is the first trail you come to when you exit the parking lot along the MST trail, it is about .25 miles and looks like a switch back, once on this trail you will see a railroad tie on the right side about 50 ft from the intersection, but you can't see the ties from the trail intersection. From there the guide book is correct. I included a grid for Jim Dandy (on the Jim Dandy page) as a start point reference for all other climbs on the East face. Below is a grid coord for the trail intersection in which to turn to head to Table Rock South, East, and North face climbing areas.

N 35 Deg, 53 min, 17.1 sec
W 081 Deg, 53 min, 06.3 sec

Enjoy and hope this helps
By Ben Martelino
From: alpharetta
Feb 27, 2014
trying to plan a trip up to table on memorial weekend does anyone know if climbing will be allowed during that time? looking to hit cave route and some of the other 5.5-5.6 routes up there.
By Jonathan Dull
From: Boone, NC
Mar 3, 2014
Ben, you'll be fine. The gate will be open by then and you won't be in any areas that are closed due to Peregrine Falcon closures.
By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Mar 23, 2014
The road to Table Rock is gated and the gate is (I believe) closed in the winter until April 1. If you decide to go, you can hike (or bike!) a steep mile and a half up the paved switchbacks to the picnic area.
By Austin Harris
Jun 17, 2015
- APPROACH - From the parking lot, take the trail north (toward Table Rock: the big cliff you can see from the bathrooms). After about 5 min (0.25 mi), you will see a 3 foot high Rock wall on the right (made from really big rocks) turn right up this trail. Then after about 1 min (50 yards), you will see the first trail on your left; only take this to get to...
"The South End" routes ("Fresh Garbage" through "Two Pitch".
Keep going straight for...
"The East Face" routes ("Blood, Sweat and Tears" through "My Route")
and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney".
After about 7 min (part of which you will be walking right next to the cliff on your left) you will arrive at 3 railroad tie steps; right above these are the bases of...
"Jim Dandy" and "Peek-a-Boo".
If you keep going, the trail will steepen; after about 8 min the trail will bring you to a 6 foot high scramble up through a little chimney formed by the cliff on your left and a huge boulder on your right. Right before this chimney is the base of...
"The Cave Route".
After scrambling up through that little chimney, the trail will curve to the left and then really steepen into a 4th class scramble up about 30 feet, which will bring you to...
"the Lunch Ledge" to the left, and...
"The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney" to the right.
On "the Lunch Ledge", the cliff will now be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of...
"My Route" 5.6,
then continue up and to the left for the base of the 3rd pitch of...
"The Cave Route".

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