Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Amazing views

The hike gives you lots of amazing views! Will definitely do this hike again when the fall colors are at peak

Rated hard, but very easy and a great view!

Love this Trail. It’s not strenuous or long but requires your focus for footing as you will trek over many rocks.

the gravel road to get to the trail head is really long. the trail itself is well defined though I didn't see many blazes the first half. passed several campsites early on after that its pretty strenuous and mostly uphill. second half is nearly all downhill. bring water! several places to take in veiws and they are worth it! went on a Wednesday morning and there was very light traffic. several trails connect to this one and I could hear people on those but never saw them.

Went early on a Sunday morning, enjoyed the peace and quiet of the fairly short hike to the upper falls where I watched the sunrise. Hell of a way to start the day!

Pretty tough trail, but definitely worth it! Lots of gorgeous overlooks on the way up if you need to stop and catch your breath.

One of the better views in the Carolinas!! Pretty steep incline for the first part of the hike. Very rewarding hike!

Excellent for family. Very busy on week end. Wide, easy trail to 3 view points. A few benches to rest

If you do the full loop you must cross the river twice and you will get wet. Lots of tree roots but a nice hike with great views of falls. I have dogs that enjoy the water and there were a couple of places for them to get in.

I thought it was strenuous coming back up. but I loved the trail and the falls!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Worth the trip back up. I loved the stream trickling beside us during most of our hike. The view at the bottom was amazing! We went swimming and our dog had a blast in the river. Bridge was out. Moderate hike!

Nice hike and view.

This was by far my favorite hike I have been on so far! It was tough but the view is incredible and completely worth it!

Must have hiking boots! Very rocky but amazing views.. super worth it!!

Great hike.. the first 1.4 is hard and rocky. But worth the wonderful views. At the top it is a great walk for about 2 Miles through blueberry bushes and some great places for lunch.

Not a very well marked or maintained trail. I would not recommend.

Overgrown a bit today. Sometimes hard to track the trail. Definitely hard hike, not moderate. Hiking poles helped a ton. I tracked about 12 miles total, not 9.7. Views and camp sites decent.

Great hike. we took the upper falls trail side to start (which is much easier section than the lower falls trail that starts on the other side of the parking lot) Once you get to the upper falls section you need to cross the water and go up to the next pool up for the rope swing and rock slide. we had a blast sliding down the rocks and using the rope swing. Then we took the trail the rest of the way down to the lower falls where there is a much longer rock slide. the second half of the loop back to the parking lot from the lower falls are switch backs the whole way (or you can take the many short cuts that go straight up if you want) Definitely a must see.

This is such a unique hike! You get good views of Lake James early on and they don’t stop as you reach the top and beyond. Lots of ledges to look out on and plenty of great camping spots along the way and at the top. Not a big time commitment either - Really loved this hike.

I’m not exactly sure why this trail is listed as moderate. This is a difficult trail and not for the beginner or unprepared. Tracking poles are highly recommended. However, it is very rewarding with incredible views. We took rock jock first and ended up coming up pinch in. Pinch in is rocky and straight up with no breaks or switch backs. Overall, the trail is rocky with lots of small creek crossings (most likely runoff from all the rain we had). Based on our recording it was about 10.5 miles but idk if you can ask for much better views of the gorge than with this trail. Awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a great hike! And was rewarded with a great swimming spot at the bottom of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Not for the newbie hiker. Very scenic. Did this loop twice loved it. Rock jock trial travels along the edge of the gorge then descends down to the river were there are lots of campsites. Trail continues along river very scenic views of the gorge. Next the trail heads back out of the gorge on a trail called pitch With a very steep accent up. Make sure you have trail runners or boots for this one lots of loose gravel.

backpacking
2 months ago

The access road *is* accessible in a sedan. I managed to get a Charger up it, in the rain, with minimal fuss. Just be mindful of the blind corners, as most of the road is only wide enough for one vehicle.

PLENTY of water available from top to bottom this week. Just listen for water (and/or use your topo!) and you’ll find’em.

This is definitely a difficult hike when fully kitted out. I noticed the majority of people were carrying small day packs. Once you hit the switchbacks, you’re committed. The trail is well marked and clear, but definitely sketchy in a few areas and rather strenuous on the way up (and down!). Summer heat/humidity plus thunderstorms made for an interesting (and tedious) ascent.

Definitely doing this one again. I set up camp in a clearing just past the Gully Pipe, my hammock just a few feet from a cliff overlooking the Gorge. Absolutely stunning views at sunset, the sounds of the river almost 1,000 feet below and a gentle breeze made for an incredible site.

All said, an amazing trail and definitely worth doing. Just remember to do your part and LNT while visiting.

The first 1.4 miles is mostly an uphill, rocky climb to the summit. After that, the trail flattens out, but it becomes more overgrown and quite narrow. There are several rock outcroppings after about the 1-mile mark with amazing views of the Gorge and Lake James. There's almost no shading on the trail, so hike early and bring a lot of water, especially in the summer. I hiked after a lot of rain, and there was also quite a bit of water on the trail. Overall, this is a great trail with fantastic views as you climb higher.

Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls has a great set of trails. The trails to the Plunge Basin by the river and to the Plunge Basin Overlook are located to the left of (not through) the Visitors Center. At the river you may have to do some wading to get an unobstructed view of the falls while the overlook gives a great side view of the falls. In my opinion, I recommend going to the overlook for the best view of the falls then go back to the Visitors Center, cross the bridge, and take in the other views. To me, the Plunge Basin was not worth the time and effort getting to it and it is somewhat hazardous.

4 1/2 year old loved climbing down and around the rocks going down the mountain to this waterfall and loved it going back up. She said it was her favorite trail. We had our 17 month old son and dog too. Very beautiful falls. Great hike

hiking
2 months ago

On July 13, 2018 ( a humid day) my family undertook to hike this trail while we visited the area from Missouri. Despite hesitations from my wife and the relative young age of our boys (9 and 7) I remained strong in my conviction to see this place on earth as I have heard it is beautiful. It was as stated by the reviews rugged and steep. To reach the top was work. This was offset by wild blue berry eating along the way. It was all worth it. The view from the top is spectacular. There is a nice view up the gorge and of a few of the distinct area peaks not to mention the scenery is generally great. By the time we were descending the last half mile we were out of water and the troops were decidedly weary. Still this was one of our best family hikes.

First real trail we’ve hiked since moving to North Carolina. It’s definitely our new favorite hobby. We went down the lower trail first and somehow found out way back to the upper for a complete loop. It took us right about an hour. Beautiful views

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