Linville Falls Trail

EASY 317 reviews
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Linville Falls Trail is a 0.9 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
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
82 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
1 day ago

Great for all ages

hiking
5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful place! Must visit if you’re in the area.

22 days ago

very easy trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Very nice and easy walk, we met a group of 10 year old kids in a school trip.
Don't be lazy and walk to all 3 spots, the one at the end (the highest) has some amazing views of the entire area.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful falls area with many different views. It was quite exciting to trek down to the basin and wade around it! Rock jumping and exploration is fantastic here! Hike is fairly simple to all views and locations! Can’t wait to take my pups back!

1 month ago

Love this place!

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful. One of my favorite places to see. Easy to walk through and great pictures taken ! Camped out right next to the streaming water - must go !

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Excellent views! Easy trail!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Fun trail with lots of views of the falls.

3 months ago

Easy quick trail with beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 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.

5 months ago

Definitely worth the hike. Pretty easy and breathtaking

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail, park in the gravel lot and go in from there. There are 3 trailheads right there.

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

nice views.

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months 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.

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