Linn Cove Viaduct Via Tanawha Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Linville, NC that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Linn Cove Viaduct on the Tanawha Trail is located near Grandfather, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This small section is part of the Tanawha Trail which is 13.5 miles long in total distance winding along the Blue Ridge Parkway mountains Travel through the parking lot to the trail head which takes you on a nice pleasant walk under the viaduct where you can gaze at the amazing modern marvel of construction and hear the many cars traveling overhead. This very short hike is about 900 feet. Continue up the wooden stairs as the trail winds up and down through a maze of rocks, boulders, and rock staircases. Along the trail there is a bridge where Wilson's Creek runs under and a pretty waterfall to see. As you near the end of the viaduct about an hour later there is a fork in the road; take the fork with the red ribbon to the right. The trail going straight continues as part of the Tanawha Trail. The red ribbon indicates you have made it to one of the most distinctive picture taking points of the Blue Ridge Parkway. You have seen this vantage point in many pictures and magazines about the Blue Ridge Parkway Not only will you be elevated above the parkway but above the viaduct watching cars come around the bend as they travel over the viaduct.
Great hike and good views of the viaduct
Starting at the Stack Rock parking area, I hiked Tanawha past the Stack Rock to the Visitor Center; I have hiked the upper side of the viaduct via Tanawha in the past, so this time went to Yonahlossee Overlook and hiked back along the road to the Viaduct for a different perspective. Quite a bit of engineering, good display in the VC. If you are traveling the BRP, worth a stop.
A great short section of the Tanawha Trail on the edge of Grandfather Mountain. Beautiful year round, but especially so in October with all the vibrant colors. I had fun hiking the rocky trail, with unique views of boulders, trees and the Linn Cove Viaduct. Make sure you stop in the spot with the famous vista of the Blue Ridge Parkway (at the very northern end of the Viaduct).