Table Rock Climbers Access Trail Project Receives Major Funding
Linville Gorge's Table Rock is an iconic and historic climbing destination. With over 400 feet of prominence standing over Linville Gorge, climbers have frequented Table Rock since the 1950's. Table Rock’s 100+ multi-pitch routes truly shine in the beginner to moderate level, making the area a great instructional and group climbing arena.
In 2021, a Forest Service approved NEPA study passed, making it possible for the CCC to work on the sustainability of the climber access trail. In 2022, the CCC, Access Fund, and Wild South began making on-the-ground plans for a full rehabilitation of the base trail and in summer 2023 that work began. The C4 team, WIld South, Access Fund Conservation Team and Conservation Corps of North Carolina are hard at work building the new climber access trail.
The National Forest Foundation has approved the CCC’s Table Rock grant for $15,000. This grant plus funding from the Access Fund and American Alpine Club will cover CCC's costs for staff time at Table Rock. Thank you, National Forest Foundation, Access Fund, and American Alpine Club! Rock Dimensions also kick started our fundraising for this project in 2022. Thank you supporters!
This summer, the CCC also was approved for a North Carolina Recreational Trails Program grant award of $75,000. This funding will go entirely towards hiring the Access Fund Conservation Team and NC Conservation Corps to finish building the climber access trail throughout the fall of 2023.