A quick hike to the top of Table Rock or Hawksbill Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville provides dramatic mountain views of the Linville Gorge. Also, nearby Linville Falls and Grandfather Mountain, more great fall things to do to enjoy the leaf color show. The peak color in this area should occur in mid October – with peak color at the higher elevations first. The hiking trails to Table Rock and Hawksbill require a short climb, not nothing challenging. Both summits have areas to explore and climb around on the rocky summit. You can easily hike both trails in one day since the trailheads are a short drive apart. This area is about 70 miles from Asheville.
Linville Gorge is one of Eastern America’s most scenic and rugged gorges, created by the Linville River. The steep walls of the Gorge frame the Linville River for 12 miles. Elevation ranges from 4,000 feet atop Hawksbill Mountain to 2,000 feet on Linville River. The Linville Gorge Wilderness in the North Carolina Mountains is part of Pisgah National Forest.