From the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone there are tons of mountains on the horizon, but in my opinion, the most distinctive is Table Rock. Table Rock isn't one of the higher peaks in North Carolina; it only rises to ~3930'. From the north it looks something like a jagged tooth. It was these views from the north that inspired me to hike up this mountain. So, on this unusually warm day in February, I decided to hike Table Rock and see this interesting place up close.
Ryan and Laura, friends from Massachusetts came along with Karen and I on this hike. Ryan brought his dog, Tsaina, and Laura brought her dog, Jack.
The trail wound through the woods for a couple of miles before finally beginning to gain some decent elevation. Here was one of the first views.
Karen poses by one of the early views.
As the trail climbed, I stopped for a rest near a rocky gap.
The trail is rather exposed near the summit of Table Rock.
Karen and I pose near the summit.
It was a very sunny day and unusually warm for February. So, a lot of our pictures got washed out by the intense sun.
This was the view across Linville Gorge. Linville Gorge is a very undeveloped river canyon that draws backpackers and rock climbers. It is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East.
This was the iew to the north. Hawksbill Mountain is the rocky peak to the right side of the photo. Linville Gorge is to the left.
Some people just have one-track minds...At least Tsaina had good views while fetching the stick.
Tsaina always finds her stick!
Here we are just enjoying the great views.
Karen and I pose with Grandfather Mountain behind us to the left. This is the view towards Boone or northeast.
Me with Hawksbill Mountain behind me and to the right. The top of Linville Gorge is directly behind me.
Karen with the view to the west across the gorge.