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Friday, June 13, 2014

Table Rock & The Chimneys

“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

Images above are of Table Rock, taken by Mark Schmidt from Mount Mitchell last week.
Today, a small group of us made it to Table Rock.  In the first two images below, that's it behind us.  Then, you can see a couple of shots of us up on the rock.  The hike up to the top of the rock was a fairly hard two miles, roundtrip. Be sure to check out the video I made too. 

From the same parking area where you hike up to Table Rock, there's another trail that takes you to The Chimneys, another impressive rock formation in the Linville Gorge Wilderness.  From both Table Rock and The Chimneys you have magnificent views of Linville Gorge.  In July, I intend to hike down into the gorge with my cousin Amy to get a close-up view of Linville Falls, which is something Kade and I did last year.  It's a must-do hike when you're in Western North Carolina.
In the first image below, you can see one of the chimneys on the left.  This photo was taken from atop Table Rock.  In the second image, just beyond a chimney, is the Linville Gorge.  Our hike to The Chimneys was about 2  miles total.  Incidentally, to show the proximity of The Chimneys to Table Rock, the images above of us with Table Rock in the background were taken from the rock formation (I think Little Table Rock) leading to The Chimneys.


To learn about a big fire that engulfed parts of Table Rock and Linville Gorge last year, click here.

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