Elevation: 3,515 ft
GPS: 35.888, -81.885 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 14, 2006 with improvements by Scott Phil and 2 others
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

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".

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Classic Climbing Routes at Table Rock

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 267
Jim Dandy
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 235
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
 171
Cave Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 207
My Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 71
Skip to My Lou
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Hidden Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Cornsnake Crack
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
Crackerjack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 169
White Lightning
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
The Honeymoon
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 92
Slippin' into Darkness
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 52
Second Stanza
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 43
Tall Climb to Be Good On
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 34
What's Up Doc?
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jim Dandy
 267
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
North Ridge
 235
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Peek-a-Boo
 126
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Cave Route
 171
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
My Route
 207
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Skip to My Lou
 71
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Hidden Crack
 67
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Cornsnake Crack
 38
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Crackerjack
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Lightning
 169
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Honeymoon
 31
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slippin' into Darkness
 92
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Second Stanza
 52
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Tall Climb to Be Good On
 43
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
What's Up Doc?
 34
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
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