Located in the northwestern section of the Linville Gorge, Babel Tower is an enormous section of pale rock that juts above a tremendous bend in the river. Below the tower are tossing rapids and deep pools where many people go to swim on hot summer days (when the water level's not too high).
The Babel Tower Trail is considered one of the easiest hikes in the
To access the very summit of the Tower, there are a number of options. There are a number of technical climbs, plus some Class IV routes if you're an experienced rock climber. However, the safest way to the top is via a Class II/III manway that meanders through the rocks and trees on the left side of the tower. From there, you can gain the summit without any real exposure.
Babel Tower should be on most to-bag lists for visitors to the Gorge. It's a relatively easy roughly 3-mile in and out hike from the Kistler Highway. And the rewards are fine if the weather is clear and the visibility good. The summit provides fantastic views of the gorge and of the roaring Linville River hundreds of feet below.
Getting ThereFrom Asheville take 1-40 East to Marion exit NC-221. Drive North Aprox. 18 Mi. to Jct. NC-183 at linville falls Resturant. Turn right on # 183 go about 0.25 Mi. to Jct of Kistler Memorial Highway (SR-1238) turn right here. It is 2.7 Mi. to the parking area and trailhead on the left.
Red TapeInside the Linville Gorge Wilderness. All wilderness rules apply.
CampingWilderness. Ample camping throughout the gorge. There are campsites along the Kistler Highway, and developed camping at the Linville Falls area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, administered by the National Park Service.
From Wiseman's View.