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Linville Gorge is a premier climbing destination in the SE. Routes range from easy multipitch to hardman sandbags. Table Rock and the Amphitheatre are very popular with those seeking more moderate outings while areas like Hawksbill and Shortoff attract a more hardcore crowd.

The rock is quartzite, and typically low angle. There aren't many parallel sided cracks here, and routes can wander so route finding can be an issue. Of course, this make Linville an ideal place for beginning multi-pitch leaders to cut their teeth. The plethora of easier routes combined with some foreseeable challenges create an atmosphere of learning.

Having said that, it is also important to note that despite the easy grade of many of the routes at Table and Linville, they are still rock routes and are affected by the same factors as any other rock climbing route. It is advisable to wear a helmet at all times. Don't count on belay stations to be fixed. Know your route.

Linville is a fantastically beautiful place, with great exposure and lots of fun routes.

Getting There Suggest change

From Asheville, take I-40 east toward Marion, exiting at US 70 just west of Marion. Continue on 70 to exit on US 221 and head north to the small town of Linville Falls. At Linville Falls, turn right (east) on NC 183 and drive about four miles to NC 181; turn right again (south). After about 2.5 miles, make another right off 181 onto Gingercake Road (SR 1264) for a short distance, then take the left fork onto Table Rock Road (SR 1261); this changes to forest road 210 and becomes a gravel road. Continue for several miles to the Table Rock parking lot. From here, there is camping and trails leading to Table Rock and to various sections of Linville Gorge.

Where to Stay

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Hostels and Hotels

Harmony Hostel in Banner Elk, NC welcomes climbers.

Camping

A few campsites are available to the south of the Table Rock Parking lot. For information on permits, see fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/r…

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Classic Climbing Routes at Linville Gorge

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 300
North Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 325
The Mummy
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 66
Good Heavens
Trad 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 405
The Daddy
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 235
Maginot Line
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Bumblebee Butress
Trad 4 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 215
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 98
Paradise Alley
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 87
Construction Job
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 213
Dopey Duck
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 123
Straight and Narrow
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 90
Built to Tilt
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 83
Lost in Space
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
The Fat Lady
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 36
Encore
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Table Rock
 300
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Mummy Amphitheater
 325
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Good Heavens Amphitheater
 66
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 5 pitches
The Daddy Amphitheater
 405
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 5 pitches
Maginot Line Shortoff Mountain
 235
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Bumblebee Butress N Carolina Wall
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
White Lightning Table Rock
 215
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Paradise Alley Shortoff Mountain
 98
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Construction Job Shortoff Mountain
 87
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Dopey Duck Shortoff Mountain
 213
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Straight and Narrow Shortoff Mountain
 123
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Built to Tilt Shortoff Mountain
 90
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Lost in Space Hawksbill Mtn > Main Wall
 83
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
The Fat Lady Hawksbill Mtn > Lower Hawksbill
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Encore Hawksbill Mtn > Lower Hawksbill
 36
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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