Linville Gorge

Climbs 100 – Rocktype Gneiss – Altitude 1034m a.s.l – Faces all

Crag features
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.

Approach notes
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)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Cave Route5.5 **1
3Champ's Route5.7 ** 
4Crackerjack5.8 ** 
5Crushed Velvet5.10a * 
6Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress5.10a ** 
7Fresh Garbage5.10a * 
8Hanging High5.9 ** 
9Helmet Buttress5.6 ** 
10Helmet Variation5.8 ** 
11Hidden Crack5.7 ** 
12The Honeymoon5.8 ** 
13Indecent Exposure5.11d ** 
14Irish Stout5.12b ** 
15Jim Dandy5.4 **2
16Jr.'s Last Laugh5.10a  
17K-Mart Special5.6  
18My Route5.6 ***2
19North Ridge5.5 ***2
20Peek-a-boo5.5 **2
21Rip Van Winkle5.7 **1
22Second Stanza5.8 **1
23Skip to My Lou5.6 **1
24Slippin' into Darkness5.9 ** 
25Solar Plexus5.12b ** 
26Tall Climb to be Good On5.9 ** 
27Two Pitch5.4 ** 
28Warm Up Route5.11a ** 
29What's up Doc5.10c ** 
30White Lightning5.8 *** 
32The Prow5.4 ***2
33The Open Book5.11b *** 
34Turkey Beard5.12a *** 
35SD Modiano5.9 ** 
36The Mummy5.6 ***2
37The Daddy5.7 ***2
38Cryptic Trip5.11c  
39Good Heavens5.5 **1
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