Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trails lead to views of both the upper and lower falls. Forests offer virgin hemlock mixed with other familiar trees such as white pine, oaks, hickory, and birch. A colorful and varied display of wildflowers decorates the trails in the spring. Red and golden leaves in fall beautifully contrast with the soothing green of hemlocks.
Hiked in off the Forest Service gravel Road that connects to 183. Very nice wide 1/2 mile trail down to the first section of the falls. This is an easy hike for all ages, lots of huge boulders down near the falls. I think most people access from the Parkway
Becca W. on Linville Falls Trail
A trail marker for the lower falls trail, although it is marked with black dashes, so I am writing my review here.
The GF and I hiked this the lower falls trails over the July 4th weekend. The lower falls trails are more difficult than the upper falls trails as there is more of an elevation you have to climb on the return.
The trail has to forks, one fork takes you to an overlook, the other to the river where you can climb and lay on rocks. There were some people swimming beneath the falls, despite the no swimming sign.
I would rate the hike as moderate as the return from below the falls is steep in some sections and requires scaling a few rocks/boulders.
The views from the lookout as well as from below the falls are excellent. I plan to do this hike again.
It was a Lovely hike! the Upper Creek Falls entrance hike is much shorter and easier than the Lower Creek Falls, loved the little pools everywhere! once you reach the pools you can go around (longer way out) but worth it! very enjoyable hike!