Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy trial (even though it was muddy and slick), beautiful falls

Lower section of the trail down to the river bank has a few set of stairs and is fairly steep in places but a beautiful hike and with some scrambling on the bank you can make it to the base of the falls.

great trail with steep section at sitting bear. Much easier drive if you start from sitting bear or hawksbill and go out to gingercake. bonus if you add hawksbill-and lunch there-on the way back

stop at the visitor ctr and get the map, there is about 5 miles of easy trails here including a second little waterfall. spend a couple hours wandering and having lunch at the base, perfect way to start the day

MUST SEE!! This is a great hike with amazing views. I would rate the last 1/2 mile of the trail on the upper end of the moderate scale due to it being fairly steep. Once at the bottom of the falls there are plenty of boulders to sit on, perfect for chilling out or photo opportunities.

hiking
17 days ago

Challenging beautiful trail!! We did several of the trails in the area.

Excellent views! Easy trail!

Amazing view of the rushing water. Not too hard climbing back out. Long but not too steep

A much needed hiking reprieve after doing Grandfather Mountain the day before. This trail and the waterfall views were well worth the couple of small hills. Not terribly crowded on the sunday that we went but I could see it being very popular especially in the summer.

Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

It was a great short hike, a little challenging if you are not in a decent shape. I loved it, the view was very beautiful.
The descent down is great, you can relax near the water and dip your feet it in while listening to the water roar around you. The climb back out of the gorge is a nice little work out.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are just looking to hike down into the Gorge there are better routes with better views. If you want to camp this is a great trail there are several spots next to cascades. This reminds me a bit of Harper Creek Falls trail but without the payoff of a 3 tier fall. Also bridge is out at bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked all the way down to the bottom of the waterfall. Absolutely gorgeous hike. Steep incline in some areas but family friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Be ready for the stairs but the rest is easy.

Easy access and ability to connect to Celestial Point makes this the best!

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

Fun trail with lots of views of the falls.

Easy quick trail with beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views, scenic. It’s a short hike but moderately challenging trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls! The trail leading to the bottom of the falls is really nice to take in great views and sounds! Did this hike with small kids (3,7) and they loved it!

I was expecting the trail to be much steeper than it was. A moderate trail is very accurate.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice! Easy parking and quick to get on the trail. I did this hike alone and felt very safe. It’s moderately trafficked but not too busy. At each of the overlooks I had the area to myself. So pretty and not too challenging.

Always enjoyable. This is turning into a default area for us.

Nice little hike. The kids and dogs enjoyed it.

Nice short walk with some nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful section of Linville river at bottom. Lots of complaints on here about how steep the trail is. With respect to other Linville Gorge trails I’d call this moderate to easy. There are a few fairly steep sections but you are hiking into a gorge. A little grade should be expected! As far as LG hiking goes this ranks as an easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome!!! Yes... there is some difficulty involved - steep climbs, rocks and stairs BUT the falls are just incredible. Such awesome views.
WATCH YOUR KIDS! It can be extremely dangerous for any little one that you have difficulty keeping under control.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing place to hang out or hike. There are so many different viewpoints and trails here in this area that you can see something different everytime. My favorite trail is the one leading down to the bottom of the falls. Its a tough little hike, but worth it for sure. Love this place.

hiking
3 months ago

Walked an extra mile because I got off trail. Thanks to All Trails map, I got back on track. A little ways after you start on the trail, you have to take a sharp right. That’s where I flubbed up! Beautiful hike. Rocky, root-y, and steep, and the river and boulders at the river are beautiful! Little streams along the way so dogs have water. Not sure how dried up they get in the summer . Nature’s stair master on the way up....! If you are young and/or in shape, it will be a nice hike. If you aren’t, like myself, it is a work out!!!

Definitely worth the hike. Pretty easy and breathtaking

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