Linville Gorge is comprised of Table Rock above the north east end of the gorge, the eastern wall of the gorge containing all the routes in the book are found, and the difficult to access western wall, for which you will need local beta.
Linville is not for the faint of heart, it is remote and isolated, you are very much on your own anywhere other than Table Rock and The Ampitheater.
There are periodic raptor closings. Consult the guidebook and any posting in the parking lot.
While some of the routes, notably on Table Rock, are 'bolted' it is typical NC bolting: On lead, by hand, and run out. It is not 'sport' climbing.
Camping is free, follow posted rules. Reservations are required for weekends in peak season (May-Sept). While there are toliets at the parking lot, there is NO water, nor any natural sources of water along the ridge, and descending to the river is not an option.
Finally, it would be wise to take appropriate bear caution with food.
1. Take N.C. 181, coming from the north 3 miles past the intersection with N.C.
2. Turn right into Ginger Cake Road.
3. Hold left on Ginger Cake road and after 2 miles the road changes to gravel. Continue about 5 miles till you see the sign to Table Rock parking lot again (gate).
4. Turn right and the gravel road will become pavement eventually. The last mile is steep with lots switchbacks.
From the south, take N.C. 181 and access Table Rock from Ginger Cake Road. It is possible to take a gravel forest road from below, but this road is quite intense.
From parking turn right for Table Rock routes, and left for NC Wall, Ampitheater, etc. The three descent trails into the gorge are marked with cairns (or were in Aug. 09). DO NOT take small game trails, these lead to sharp drop offs. The cliff line is confusing and dangerous, especially in the dark, take time to ensure you know where you are.
The road to Table Rock parking lot is closed Jan-March. It acceptable to park at the gate and walk up the road, though.
Selected Climbs of North Carolina (2002)
|2||Cave Route||5.5 **||1|
|3||Champ's Route||5.7 **|
|5||Crushed Velvet||5.10a *|
|6||Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress||5.10a **|
|7||Fresh Garbage||5.10a *|
|8||Hanging High||5.9 **|
|9||Helmet Buttress||5.6 **|
|10||Helmet Variation||5.8 **|
|11||Hidden Crack||5.7 **|
|12||The Honeymoon||5.8 **|
|13||Indecent Exposure||5.11d **|
|14||Irish Stout||5.12b **|
|15||Jim Dandy||5.4 **||2|
|16||Jr.'s Last Laugh||5.10a|
|18||My Route||5.6 ***||2|
|19||North Ridge||5.5 ***||2|
|21||Rip Van Winkle||5.7 **||1|
|22||Second Stanza||5.8 **||1|
|23||Skip to My Lou||5.6 **||1|
|24||Slippin' into Darkness||5.9 **|
|25||Solar Plexus||5.12b **|
|26||Tall Climb to be Good On||5.9 **|
|27||Two Pitch||5.4 **|
|28||Warm Up Route||5.11a **|
|29||What's up Doc||5.10c **|
|30||White Lightning||5.8 ***|
|32||The Prow||5.4 ***||2|
|33||The Open Book||5.11b ***|
|34||Turkey Beard||5.12a ***|
|35||SD Modiano||5.9 **|
|36||The Mummy||5.6 ***||2|
|37||The Daddy||5.7 ***||2|
|39||Good Heavens||5.5 **||1|
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