Linville Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy hike to a number of Linville Falls viewing platforms. The trail is great for walking and normally takes 1-3 hours. Linville Falls is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 316. Linville falls is located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and is the beginning of Linville Gorge; the waterfalls are fed from the Linville River and flows down the mountain into Lake James near Marion, North Carolina. The trail departs from the gravel parking lot noted in the Trailhead description and is clearly marked. The trail descends down hill for about .4 miles. At the bottom of this descent you can go left for about .2 miles to a viewing platform directly above the falls. At the time of this report, this trail option was closed. Continue another approximately .2 miles and you will come to the "Chimney" viewing area. Look left for outstanding views of the upper and lower Linville Falls. From this vantage point the falls are about 200 meters away. Continue up the trail another 800 feet or so and view into the Linville Gorge at Erwins View.
Easy quick hike. Very "touristy"
Must do: Overlook from Plunge Basin, down to the base of the fall along linville gorge trail
Trail was easy then, had large rocks to navigate.
At river base by falls, beautiful , and cool:).... swam to the falls, water was cold but great:)......
walked down the river,... very quite :)... loved it will return :)
Awesomely awesome hike!! Hiked down river and visited an otter. A rare sight :)
So beautiful and peaceful.....Love to find hidden treasures buried under our noses.
Nice trail for relaxed hike. Heavy traffic at peak times. Late evening is best for this 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.
Great hike to the bottom of the falls. Lots of rocks to navigate through, make sure you have proper foot gear to climb up and down the rocky trail to the bottom.
It was slippery and muddy,
But well worth the view of the falls
Nice views too crowded though
Nice hike with several views of the falls.
The Gorge Trail is beautiful but difficult. This takes you to the bottom of the fall. If you have swimming attire you can go swimming.
Great trail for families and dog lovers! Beautiful Falls, but if your looking for a quiet / peaceful hike to clear your head go during the week.. Lots of people, children , and dogs and have to wait in line to get pictures.
Great family trail. Go early. A lot of people.