Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Linville Falls, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

1.9 miles 498 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


8 days ago

22 days ago

Good trails to hike. Our 4 year old completed both trails today. Some parts were difficult
for her.

25 days ago

the trail is .7 miles each way. the last .4 miles was difficult for me because I'm short and the steps up and down on rocks and tree stumps were steep. the footing is sometimes tricky too. once you get to the end, the falls is difficult to see around the corner without getting in the water, maybe it was just because it had been raining outside for days but I had to climb up on a rock that juts out into the river and I was able to get a good view. only saw 2 other people on the trail.

1 month ago

Had a surprisingly warm day in January after hitting lows in the teens earlier in the week. That, plus dense fog early in the morning meant the trail was absolutely empty when I'd arrived which was fantastic. Great trail down to the gorge. Footing gets a little tricky over the rocks at times and it was a bit slippery because of the melted snow, but it wasn't anything too crazy. Beautiful views at the end. Quiet, peaceful, and gorgeous. I would highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.

1 month ago

Nice trail not too long but spectacular view at the overlook

2 months ago

An old favorite. Much less busy than Erwin's view or the upper falls overlook, and much more peaceful. Can be strenuous coming back up but it's definitely worth the hike to be so close to the falls.

6 months ago