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Blood, Sweat, and Tears T 
Cave Route T 
Champ's Route T 
Consolation Prize  S 
Cool-down route T,S 
Cornsnake Crack T,S 
Crackerjack T 
Crushed Velvet T 
Devilís Cellar Chimney T 
Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress T 
Field's Direct T 
Fresh Garbage T 
Hanging High T 
Helmet Buttress T 
Helmet Variation T 
Hidden Crack T 
Hobbling Hobbit T 
Honeymoon, The T 
Indecent exposure T 
Irish Stout T,S 
Jim Dandy T 
Junior's Last Laugh T 
Just Say Moo S 
K-Mart Special T 
Lateral Inhibition T 
My Route T 
North Ridge T 
Peek-a-Boo T 
Rip Van Winkle T 
Second Stanza T 
Skip to My Lou T 
Slippin' into Darkness T 
Solar Plexus T 
Tall Climb to Be Good On T 
Tankslapper S 
Trundler, The T 
Two Pitch T 
Warm Up Route T 
Waste A Bit T 
What's Up Doc? T,S 
White Lightning T 
Wooly Aphid T 

Table Rock  


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Description 

Table Rock sits high on the eastern ridge of Linville Gorge. It commands a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape of western North Carolina.

This is a very popular destination for beginners and there is a tourist trail to the summit. There is a road that ends very close to the climbing area as well. These factors combine to create a rather circus-like atmosphere at times.

Despite that, Table Rock can be a fun, relaxing experience if approached with good judgement and knowledge.


Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the trail north (toward Table Rock: the big cliff you can see from the bathrooms). After about 5 min (0.25 mi), you will see a 3 foot high Rock wall on the right (made from really big rocks) turn right up this trail. Then after about 1 min (50 yards), you will see the first trail on your left; only take this to get to "The South End" routes ("Fresh Garbage" through "Two Pitch").

Keep going straight for "The East Face" routes ("Blood, Sweat and Tears" through "My Route") and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney".

After about 7 min (part of which you will be walking right next to the cliff on your left) you will arrive at 3 railroad tie steps; right above these are the bases of "Jim Dandy" and "Peek-a-Boo".

If you keep going, the trail will steepen; after about 8 min the trail will bring you to a 6 foot high scramble up through a little chimney formed by the cliff on your left and a huge boulder on your right. Right before this chimney is the base of "The Cave Route".

After scrambling up through that little chimney, the trail will curve to the left and then really steepen into a 4th class scramble up about 30 feet, which will bring you to "the Lunch Ledge" to the left, and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney") to the right.

On "the Lunch Ledge", the cliff will be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of "My Route" 5.6, then keep going to access the base of the 3rd pitch of "The Cave Route".

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

42 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',7],['5.8',5],['5.9',3],['5.10',9],['5.11',6],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Table Rock:
Jim Dandy   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Peek-a-Boo   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
North Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Cave Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
Skip to My Lou   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
My Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Helmet Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Hidden Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Rip Van Winkle   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Cornsnake Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   
White Lightning   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Crackerjack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Second Stanza   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   
The Honeymoon   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Hanging High   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Slippin' into Darkness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tall Climb to Be Good On   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Wooly Aphid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
What's Up Doc?   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Waste A Bit   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 90'   
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Featured Route For Table Rock
The North Ridge of Table Rock from the start of th...

North Ridge 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock
Pitch 1: Climb the left wall through some steep ground to a belay slightly back to the right.Pitch 2: Follow a series of cracks up a nice, easy low angle and exposed face to a belay ledge. Belay or combine this with the next pitch.Pitch 3: From the ledge head up and right around a roof to a vegetated ledge. Belay up and continue to the summit roped or unroped depending on your comfort level.Fantastic route! I always recommend this route to anyone visiting Table for the first time. It can be a bi...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

Photos of Table Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
BETA PHOTO: Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
Table Rock, NC (south side)
Table Rock, NC (south side)
South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.
South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.
Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
Summit of Table Rock, looking NW photo M. Chaney
Summit of Table Rock, looking NW photo M. Chaney
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
The Chimmneys anchor rings
The Chimmneys anchor rings
Table Rock with November Snow
Table Rock with November Snow
Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
Trail Sign
Trail Sign
View of the south side of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: View of the south side of Table Rock
East Face of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: East Face of Table Rock
the top!!
the top!!
Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Ice climbing Devil Cellar at Table Rock, North Car...
Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...
Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...

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By H2O
Oct 9, 2012
Climbed Table Rock East Face this weekend, climbed Jim Dandy and started Cave Route (weather turned us around). The Selected Climbs in NC guide book is not entirely accurate on how to get to the climbing areas (South, East and North Faces). First off, there are no knee high railroad ties on the left side in which to turn right. It is the first trail you come to when you exit the parking lot along the MST trail, it is about .25 miles and looks like a switch back, once on this trail you will see a railroad tie on the right side about 50 ft from the intersection, but you can't see the ties from the trail intersection. From there the guide book is correct. I included a grid for Jim Dandy (on the Jim Dandy page) as a start point reference for all other climbs on the East face. Below is a grid coord for the trail intersection in which to turn to head to Table Rock South, East, and North face climbing areas.

N 35 Deg, 53 min, 17.1 sec
W 081 Deg, 53 min, 06.3 sec

Enjoy and hope this helps
By Ben Martelino
From: alpharetta
Feb 27, 2014
trying to plan a trip up to table on memorial weekend does anyone know if climbing will be allowed during that time? looking to hit cave route and some of the other 5.5-5.6 routes up there.
By Jonathan Dull
From: Boone, NC
Mar 3, 2014
Ben, you'll be fine. The gate will be open by then and you won't be in any areas that are closed due to Peregrine Falcon closures.
By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Mar 23, 2014
The road to Table Rock is gated and the gate is (I believe) closed in the winter until April 1. If you decide to go, you can hike (or bike!) a steep mile and a half up the paved switchbacks to the picnic area.
By Austin Harris
Jun 17, 2015
- APPROACH - From the parking lot, take the trail north (toward Table Rock: the big cliff you can see from the bathrooms). After about 5 min (0.25 mi), you will see a 3 foot high Rock wall on the right (made from really big rocks) turn right up this trail. Then after about 1 min (50 yards), you will see the first trail on your left; only take this to get to...
"The South End" routes ("Fresh Garbage" through "Two Pitch".
Keep going straight for...
"The East Face" routes ("Blood, Sweat and Tears" through "My Route")
and "The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney".
After about 7 min (part of which you will be walking right next to the cliff on your left) you will arrive at 3 railroad tie steps; right above these are the bases of...
"Jim Dandy" and "Peek-a-Boo".
If you keep going, the trail will steepen; after about 8 min the trail will bring you to a 6 foot high scramble up through a little chimney formed by the cliff on your left and a huge boulder on your right. Right before this chimney is the base of...
"The Cave Route".
After scrambling up through that little chimney, the trail will curve to the left and then really steepen into a 4th class scramble up about 30 feet, which will bring you to...
"the Lunch Ledge" to the left, and...
"The North End" routes ("Second Stanza" through "Devil's Cellar Chimney" to the right.
On "the Lunch Ledge", the cliff will now be on your right, and the first route you will come to is the base of...
"My Route" 5.6,
then continue up and to the left for the base of the 3rd pitch of...
"The Cave Route".
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