Table Rock Mountain

Table Rock Mountain Is An Iconic Rock Climbing Destination In The Linville Gorge

The Table Rock makes up part of the eastern rim of Linville Gorge and has a famous reputation as being one of the best rock climbing destinations in the south east of America.

The mountain is probably one of the best known features in that part of the state and one of the top attractions for North Carolina tourism.

Long before Europeans colonised the country, the Cherokee Indians who lived in the Linville Gorge area, used the mountain in their ceremonies and it had an almost altar-like importance for them.

The peak of the mountain stands 4,100 feet above sea level and has a very distinct shape with a sloping back and a steep rocky face. It is this rocky face that is so popular with climbers. However, they are not the only people able to reach the summit to enjoy the views, one particularly fine view is to the south where the lake is visible in Lake James State Park.

There is a trail that climbs up the rear slope of the mountain that allows visitors the opportunity to see the Linville Gorge and other sights such as the nearby Hawksbill Mountain.

To reach the trail to Table Rock Mountain you will need to find the Picnic Area which is clearly signed off Forest Road 210. (FR210)

As well as a number of picnic tables and campsites at this area, there are plenty of car parking spaces. The trail to the summit leaves from this area and climbs about a mile in length up the mountain. It is not a very arduous climb. The trail is well maintained as this is a section of the famous thousand mile long Mountains To Sea Trail.

The mountain is well known for the variety of its flora and apparently that area of Linville Gorge is the only place in the world where the endangered Golden Heather is found.

As well as being renowned for the flora and for rock climbing, the Rock is mentioned in a novel written by the famous author Jules Verne who, in the book "Masters of the World" wrote of the mountain as.. "rising high above the valley to sometimes belch strange sounds and fire over the little village of Morganton."