Take A Hike With Us
DATE: Monday, October 29, 2018. Meet at trailhead at 10:15 a.m. Please be sure to register so we can let you know of last minute changes because of weather, etc.
LOCATION: Eastern Rim of the Linville Gorge, Burke County, NC
HIKE OVERVIEW: The Chimneys are a particularly rugged pair of summits along the East rim of the Linville Gorge. They're located about a mile south of Tablerock Mountain, and are the most prominent peak between Tablerock Mountain and Shortoff Mountain. The views from The Chimneys are especially impressive, offering a vantage point of most of the major peaks and formations within and around Linville Gorge. On a clear day, a hiker can see the Black Mountains looming to the west, and the balds of Roan Mountain far to the north. If there is time after the hike, you may want to climb another mile to the top of Tablerock.
This hike will challenge all that you have been working on at the Y; your leg strength, your balance, upper body and core strength.
LENGTH AND TRAIL: 4 miles round trip (out and back). The trail is a single tract and alternates elevation from moderate climb to level areas with some steep declines and rocky sections. It follows the rim of the gorge on both east and west sides and is well maintained however with some very steep drop offs, care must be taken. There is also an area where we will need to squeeze in-between some rock formations.
DIRECTIONS: From Marion, take U.S. 221 north to the Intersection of N.C. 183 at Linville Falls. Turn right on 183 and continue to N.C. 181. Turn right (south) on N.C. 181 and go 3 miles to F.S. Road 210 (Gingercake Road). rurn right onto F.S. Road 210. At the first fork, turn left and continue through the Gingercake Acres housing development. This road is rough gravel, with lots of potholes and can be very dusty. The first parking area is for the Devils Hole Trail - approximately 2 miles from Gingercake Acres.
The second parking area is for Hawksbill (parking area on left and trail on right) - 1 mile from Devils Hole.
The third parking area is for Spence Ridge Trail and North Table Rock Trail - 1 mile from Hawksbill.
Continue 1 mile to the first intersection and turn right (you will pass the Outward Bound School sign). Stay on this road, bearing to the right, through several switchbacks and you will arrive at Table Rock Picnic Area.
Drive time from Marion approximately one hour give or take 15-20 mins. Because of the distance it would be a good idea to carpool.
WHAT TO WEAR: Layering is a good idea when hiking. A light moisture wicking first layer, a light or medium weight fleece if the temperature drops and an outer shell in the event of wind or rain. Pants that dry easily or shorts, hiking socks and a sturdy pair of shoes with slip resistant soles. Hats are optional, sunscreen recommended.
WHAT TO BRING: Water, small snack such as almonds or fruit and a light lunch. We will eat on the trail.
For more information, email Jordan Groose or call 828 652 5903.