Linville Gorge Wilderness
Devil's Cliff Trail
Pictures taken by: Amanda Tsiukes
Page created by:  John Ostrander

Trail Description:  The Devil's Cliff Trail is a moderate hike some really cool cliffs.  This is an Unofficial Trail but is in very good shape and seems to be heavily used.  The trail is located off of the Jonas Ridge Trail at approximately the half way point between Gingercake Mountain and Sitting Bear Mountain.  The trail descends for over 700 ft. over approximately a mile, gently for the first half and then at a more moderate rate for the second half.  There isn't much to see during the descent but the end is well worth it.  The cliffs at the end of the trail are 1,000 ft. above the river below, with spectacular views both up and down the gorge.  Because of the positioning of the cliffs you really get a feeling of being right in the middle of the gorge.  This is a great trail that gives you a different perspective of Linville Gorge.

Directions: From Boone; Take NC 105 south, turn left at NC 181/US-221, keep straight on NC 181 south, turn right onto Gingercake Rd., then take left at fork onto Table Rock Rd., Trailhead on right after 1.75 miles. (Use Halfway Trail to access Devil's Cliff Trail. Take Halfway Trail to Jonas Ridge Trail (0.5 mi) turn right onto Jonas Ridge Trail (a few hundred feet) turn left at stones onto Devil's Cliff Trail.)

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Devil's Cliff Trail
Descent Trail (to cliffs)

One Way
1.00 mi.
15 ft.
-725 ft.
3,319 ft.
4,053 ft.
Round Trip
2.00 mi.
740 ft.
-740 ft.

Resources: Items in Green are Downloadable

Google Earth Trail File (.kml)
Google Earth Park File (.kml)
Linville Gorge Map
Devils Cliff Trail Topo Map
Linville Gorge Topo Map

Suggested Resources:

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #783
Photo Gallery
(Please click on any photo to enlarge)
View from Devil's Cliffs looking south into Linville Gorge.
Linville River
Rating Explanation:  This trial starts out by descending gradually then gets steeper. The trail is thin but well used.

Entrance to Devil's Cliff Trail.
Cliffs at Babel Tower.
Cliffs across the Gorge.
High Country Trails
For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker" and then click the arrow in the bottom of the right side to get directions from your home to the trail.

For Printable Topo Map: Please click here to view a printable version of this map.