100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I am not your typical athletic hiker - this trail was difficult for me to hike, but well worth the effort - I could have spent a week sitting on one of the numerous rocky overlooks. Regardless of where you are standing or what direction you are looking - each and every view was awesome. Wish I would have taken a backpack and spent the weekend - hiked in October - perfect weather and unbelieveable color.
Moderate hike provides great view of the Linville Gorge
Awesome hike. This is a cheaters trail to some chimneys.
Your own post apocalyptic world right in your backyard...
Launched from top of Wolf Pit Rd as described with my 10 year old this am; the second prettiest and warmest day of the year so far in 09. As noted in the article and other reviews, keep right at a couple of early intersections, until you see the Mts-to-Sea trail crossing (about 2/3rds the way up; double white circles to left); stay straight at that point rather than taking the straight upward route to the right.
The views of the gorge are magnificent and unique relative to those of the area from Hawksbill or TableRock. For an extra bonus, follow the trail a bit (.5 mi) past the last ovelook campground. There, after passing a small, clear shallow pond, you can catch a few more looks to the west and north into the Chimney Gap. For a shortcut home, when you turn around take a left down the trail before heading back to the Shortoff overlook and catch the trail to the left back at the Mt-to-Sea trail crossing.
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