Linville Falls Trail

EASY 251 reviews
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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.

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13 hours ago

Was worth the trip. Got there at 5pm on a Sunday, and the parking lot was completely full. Bunch of people on the first part of the trail, but not that many once you got further up. Kids had a great time, and got some good pictures too.

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6 days ago

This is an easy trail with mostly a loose gravel man-made base. Elevation change was very very gradual and was very easy to walk with my mom even with us both having injuries. Her company was really all that made this little hike enjoyable. It would have been wonderful (4 stars) but the crowds were outrageous and people on the trail did not exhibit typical courtesies and this may be due to the ease of the trail. The trail is really wide most of the way through but scathes of children unaccompanied by parents were dangerously rude (nearly bumping others into a creek below) and even adults would be literally breathing down your neck instead of going around when there was enough room to drive a car around. Not your typical hiking crowd! People wouldn't even acknowledge you to move or move their tripods so you could navigate easily and wouldn't fall on the rock face near the falls! Definitely would suggest during an off season or later in the day to avoid huge rude crowds.The views of the falls and the little brooks here and there were nice but the rude crowd just kinda ruined it.

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7 days ago

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26 days ago

nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

The path to the top of the falls is super easy and the water is incredibly calming - would be great for any and all hikers! For those with sure feet and an adventurous soul, the red trail down to the bottom of the waterfall is a treat. It is a tough trail with steep, rocky, and root-filled pathways. But the bottom is so worth it with lots of boulders to hang out on, enjoy a snack, and look at a very impressive and intense waterfall.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

This was an easy hike Took my 85 year old mom!!

hiking
1 month ago

Wish Parkour was a part of the activities list! Took the strenuous (red) trail to the bottom of the gorge and the waterfall. Beautiful and peaceful when you finally get to the bottom... but you have to work for it. Would love to go back and do the yellow trail but after the red, we were done. Also, get there early... by noon the parking lot was packed.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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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2 months ago

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2 months ago