Linn Cove Viaduct Via Tanawha Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Linn Cove Viaduct Via Tanawha Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Linville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

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.

hiking
10 days ago

There's a side trail about halfway in that you'd have to be in fairly good shape to navigate but leads you to the top of these rocks that overlook the entire viaduct and is phenomenal! One of the best views I've seen on the Parkway

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike on a cloudy semi-rainy day and we stayed dry under the cover of the trees and rocks. Very pleased with the unique views and both my 10 and 4 year old kids enjoyed the hike.

10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

I did part of the Tanawha yesterday. I started at Linn Cove and went to Rough Ridge. I advise anyone doing this hike to have on hiking shoes. You're going to need them for grip on the rocks. There were lots of boulders, roots, rock steps and vegetation. The views were limited but beautiful. When you first start at Linn Cove you will climb the rock steps under the Viaduct and go in between a series of boulders. It's really neat. The majority of this section of Tanawha is going up and down rock formations that are supposed to be steps. I did it in both directions and can't say one way was easier or better than the other. It's up and down the whole way. At the end of this section that ends at Wilson Creek there is a bridge you cross with a waterfall to the left. Not much water coming down yesterday due to lack of rain. It was still pretty, though. There were a few sections that I had to stop and look to make sure that it was part of the trail because it consisted of boulders lying on one another. You just had to pick your way across them. My trail book rates this trail as moderately strenuous and I'd say that is about right. Lots of roots and rocks. You could step wrong one time and get hurt. I enjoyed the trail and plan to do the whole Tanawha one day. Is this a trail I'd carry the whole family on? Depends on the family. It's comfortable for a short ways but when you get further into the trail you're going to work a little. I think it was worth it.

hiking
19 days ago

Great views at the rock overlooking the Viaduct. Cool rock formations on the way. Being sure footed would be advised here.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike but intense if you continue to go past the original route. This can be a much longer hike. Past the paved part it gets intense

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Fun family hike lots of rocks

hiking
4 months ago

went on a Sunday, the linville cove visitors center and parking area were closed. stopped at the yonaholasee overlook just before the viaduct and had to go under and off the path to find the trail. good views of the viaduct with pretty waterfalls and small bridge, rest of the trail wooded rocky path with not much else to look at

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Fun little adventure right under a marvel of engineering.

5 months ago

Loved it! Fun 2 day adventure. Feeling very sore after! Beautiful and unique scenery. Highly underrated trail. Saw a lot of people near the viaduct and rough ridge but didn't see really anyone after those parts. Will do again!

7 months ago

had to improvise due to Visitor Center being closed. However in the snow we walk down from the bottom of the aqueduct and Hike the trail just moving our way around to get to the trail and our five year old did great.

hiking
9 months ago

Great scenic hike! Relatively short trip, very rocky terrain with multiple opportunities for rest and photos. The overlook views get better the further you climb in elevation, but due to cliffs and rough paths wouldn't recommend for the elderly or very young children.

9 months ago

One of my favorites along the parkway.