Shortoff Mountain via Wolf Pit
This is a moderate to strenuous trail along the Linville Gorge Wilderness. It's an excellent day hike with plenty of campsites along the way should you decide to stay overnight.
Wolf Pit trailhead is at the end of a semi-private gravel road. It's accessible 24 hours a day, but it's important to follow the 10 mph speed limit and to take heed of road conditions. Parking is scattered and it does get packed during spring and summer.
The trailhead is plainly marked as are the key turnoffs. The trail is marked with white circle blazes throughout. Reaching Shortoff Mountain is fairly simple, but the trail is rocky wet throughout. Following the trail up to and beyond the Table Rock trailhead is strenuous. Be sure to pack plenty of water and trail food.
The hike: 5 -- The trail is pretty strenuous up to Shortoff Mountain. With lots of rocks and other obstacles, it could be too much for younger children.
The views: 10 ... The views up to and at the top of Shortoff Mountain are exquisite. There's a chance you'll see Peregrine Falcons and other wildlife along the way. There's also nice views of the Gorge, Linville River and Lake James.