Linville Falls Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used 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.
I hiked all of the little trails near
the welcome center. They are all pretty short and good for families and dogs. It was foggy so pics from the high view weren't that great.
lots of people beautiful views. several trail options
great track, easy enough for kids.. was enjoyable even in the snow
Mostly easy trail. Great views. Can be crowded but it's worth it
Fairly easy hike to some great falls, Beautiful views of the falls. Have hiked this trail many times.
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
Great for the views. Heavily trafficked but easy hiking. If you are there during busy season arrive early in the day to avoid parking issues and then continue up the mountain by car to do one or two other trails.
Easy quick hike. Very "touristy"