Elevation: 3,363 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Oct 14, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: 2021 seasonal raptor closure (January 15th-August 15th) Details

Description

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

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

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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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 252
The Prow
Trad 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 243
North Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 126
Peek-a-Boo
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 260
The Mummy
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 321
The Daddy
Trad 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 213
My Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 106
Little Corner
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 184
Maginot Line
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Crackerjack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 177
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
Paradise Alley
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Construction Job
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 174
Dopey Duck
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
Straight and Narrow
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 71
Built to Tilt
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Prow Amphitheater
 252
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
North Ridge Table Rock
 243
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Peek-a-Boo Table Rock
 126
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Mummy Amphitheater
 260
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
The Daddy Amphitheater
 321
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 5 pitches
My Route Table Rock
 213
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Little Corner Shortoff Mountain
 106
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Maginot Line Shortoff Mountain
 184
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Crackerjack Table Rock
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Lightning Table Rock
 177
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Paradise Alley Shortoff Mountain
 86
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Construction Job Shortoff Mountain
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Dopey Duck Shortoff Mountain
 174
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Straight and Narrow Shortoff Mountain
 106
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Built to Tilt Shortoff Mountain
 71
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
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