Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Milepost: 323-324 | County: Mitchell, Avery, McDowell | Acres: 544 | Hiking: Yes, Stanback Trail
Little Table Rock Mountain shares nearly a mile of boundary with the Blue Ridge Parkway, contains streams with a number of endangered species, and provides a natural corridor important to hawk migration and other wildlife. The property also offers spectacular views between Bear Den Overlook and the Orchard at Altapass. The tract is managed as a Game Land for hunting, hiking, wildlife habitat, and water quality. CTNC transferred the property to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 2004.
A 4.2-mile loop Stanback Trail is a moderate-to-strenuous climb to the summit of Little Tablerock Mountain where hikers can view the North Toe River Valley to the north. Roan Mountain is visible at the skyline to the north on clear days. When the trees are bare, hikers can see Linville Mountain to the east.
Directions: Turn at milepost 324.9 onto Bear Den Mountain Road (SR 1126). Take Bear Den Mountain Road (gravel) for 0.1 mi. to the stop sign. Continue straight onto Humpback Mountain road (SR 1128) for 0.5 mi., then turn right onto White Rock Road. This is a very small, rough road that looks more like a driveway. There are several mailboxes at the corner. Proceed up the road and turn left at the fork. You will come to the Wildlife Resources Commission’s gate at the entrance to Little Tablerock Mountain and trailhead.