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Shortoff Mountain Trail

 6 votes

Length

7.7 Miles 12.4 Kilometers


Elevation

3,035' 925 m

Ascent

-914' -279 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

3,537' 1,078 m

High

1,255' 383 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 44 days ago
Some Mud, Fallen Trees History

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The southeastern portion of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop with spectacular overlooks.

Max Willner

Overview

Hunting and fishing are allowed, but permits are required. Camping is permitted in the gorge, but permits are required from May 1 through October 31.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Description

Shortoff Mountain Trail is, for the most part, a ridge trail offering spectacular views of the gorge to the north.

The trail can be accessed via Wolf Pit Trail to the south or from the Table Rock Parking Area.

Shortoff Mountain Trail is a wonderful backpacking location with ideal camping spots and unmatched scenery. As part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop, this trail comprises most of the eastern portion of the loop. It's also the more clearly marked of the trails in the area, making it easier to navigate for novice hikers.

One of the most favorable campsites is at the Big Flat Rock Overlook. There is an open portion of ground ideal for multiple tents. From the campsite, campers can look out into the Gorge.

It is also quite apparent that Shortoff Mountain Trail has been a host to a number of forest fires in the past few years, providing a remarkable hike amongst scorched trees.

This trail is also part of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). For more information concerning the MST, please refer to ncmst.org/. At the end of the trail, hikers can head north towards Shortoff Mountain and Table rock Mountain or south towards the Linville River.

Flora & Fauna

Local flora - rhododendron, sand mrtyle, red chokeberry, azalea, turkey beard, bristly locust, yellow root, silverbell, orchids, ninebark, and wild indigo.

Local fauna - white-tail deer, black bears, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, and hawks. As for snakes, there are copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.

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Apr 30, 2018
Sharon Gardner
Only to the Overlook....Bruce, Wally, and Payton 3.7mi
Apr 5, 2018
Maritt Vaessin
Some fallen trees but mostly clear, pond water source
Oct 7, 2017
Chloe Pinner
9.3mi
Sep 23, 2017
Zack Sipper
Aug 4, 2017
Rebecca C
Jun 1, 2017
Andy Guthe
Overnight with my Lillibug 2mi
Nov 19, 2016
David T-
1mi
Apr 29, 2016
Charles Pulse
7.7mi

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  5.0 from 6 votes

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We are residents of the Shortoff Mtn area. Wolf pit has become very bad for everyone using it. We have started a petition to get either the State or Federals to fix and maintain the road. Please sign ipetitions.com/petition/pet… Feb 8, 2018

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