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Table Rock

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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 

The summit trail begins at the Table Rock parking lot, opposite the camping area. About 5-10 minutes of hiking up the trail will bring you to a cutoff trail to the right. Take this cutoff and continue to the cliff face, which will put you near the eastern end of the south face. Continue east and around the corner to the left to the east face; the north face can be reached by continuing to the end of the east face and following the trail around to the left.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

42 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['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'   
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'   
Skip to My Lou   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
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'   
Helmet Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Crackerjack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Honeymoon   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Second Stanza   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   
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'   
Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
What's Up Doc?   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
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Featured Route For Table Rock
The North Ridge of Table Rock from the start of the route.

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
Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Late-day top outs lead to excellent sunsets.
Table Rock, NC (south side)
Table Rock, NC (south side)
View of the south side of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: View of the south side of Table Rock
Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
Devils Cellar Highline (Mike Holley, 2009)
The Chimmneys anchor rings
The Chimmneys anchor rings
Summit of Table Rock, looking NW <br />photo M. Chaney
Summit of Table Rock, looking NW
photo M. Chaney
Table Rock with November Snow
Table Rock with November Snow
Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cellar. Josh Bittner (2004)
Angels Attic highline set up over the Devils Cella...
Trail Sign
Trail Sign
Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbill
Table Rock with The Gorge & Shortoff from Hawksbil...
East Face of Table Rock
BETA PHOTO: East Face of Table Rock
South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.
South side of Table Rock from the parking lot.

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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.