Linville Falls Trail

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Linville Falls Trail is a 1 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, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles 190 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly easy trail. Great views. Can be crowded but it's worth it

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hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike to some great falls, Beautiful views of the falls. Have hiked this trail many times.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Easy quick hike. Very "touristy"

1 month ago

Must do: Overlook from Plunge Basin, down to the base of the fall along linville gorge trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great views!

2 months ago

2 months ago

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 :)

2 months ago

Awesomely awesome hike!! Hiked down river and visited an otter. A rare sight :)

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

So beautiful and peaceful.....Love to find hidden treasures buried under our noses.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for relaxed hike. Heavy traffic at peak times. Late evening is best for this trail

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

It was slippery and muddy,
But well worth the view of the falls