Linville Falls Trail

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Linville Falls Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
3 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by Linville Falls. The hike to the falls was fun and easy, and when you get there it's quite impressive. The amount of water rushing through the rock is incredible, you can hear the roaring water and see where the water has carved it's path over the years. Parking wasn't too bad, though I did drive around a couple times to find a spot.

Nice Falls and a super easy hike, only problems is it has so many people, like being at a city street festival. Also you can't go near the water. oh yes did I mention it's super crowded.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy hike for anyone and the views are good. Recommend starting farthest out and work in and see all the different views gives you a different perspective

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike. Not too strenuous but will challenge less experienced hikers. Nice views of the falls, great weather, highs in the low '70s! In August no less!!!

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16 days ago

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23 days ago

Falls were great. Very easy trail for most anyone. Well worth the time.

25 days ago

Great trail if you're looking for a short walk and a little elevation change. The observation decks provide spectacular views of the falls and gorge. Be sure and keep your pooches on a short leash when approaching the stone observatories as our Jake decided to make a running leap on to the wall over a big drop off!!

25 days ago

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27 days ago

This trail is located close to two others. Suggest going to Linville Visitor Center where you can choose between 3 trails. We did all three in about 2 hours. Great variety of views from above, beside and below a large waterfall.

hiking
29 days ago

Fun, small tail that is dog friendly. Only con is overcrowding.

1 month ago

very short but very good views. would be nice if it wasn't so trafficked

1 month ago

Super pretty great place for a date

1 month ago

Super pretty great place for a date

1 month ago

Super pretty great place for a date

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1 month ago

beautiful