Linville Falls Trail

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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.

nature trips
1 day ago

When you get there, they have tons of parking area with a gift shop and bathrooms. The hike is easy but some is uphill. Beautiful views! They keep the area very clean and have wide trails. A lot of people go there! I'll be going back for sure!

7 days ago

Awesome waterfalls. Easy trails.

8 days ago

This is a super fantastic hike

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with a slow incline over about a mile. Well maintained trail. The last view (Erwin’s view) is probably the best view of them all and is a distant view. If you can only get to the first overlook...you will still get a decent view.

hiking
14 days ago

The trails that pass through the Visitors Center, across the bridge, and up a mild incline include the Upper Falls View (where you are within a few feet of where the river flows down through the rocks before plunging over the falls), Chimney View (which is directly across from the Plunge Basin Overlook), Gorge View, and Erwin's View. All offer great views but Erwin's View has the best view straight into the falls although the most distant. I consider this hike to be easy for all ages and the viewing areas are all stone walled in and safe. If you follow this trail, take in all of the viewing areas and don't stop at the Upper Falls as the red line on the map suggests.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for all ages

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

very easy trail.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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!

2 months ago

Love this place!

hiking
2 months 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 !

2 months ago

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

3 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
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Excellent views! Easy trail!

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Fun trail with lots of views of the falls.

4 months ago

Easy quick trail with beautiful scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
5 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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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.

6 months ago

Definitely worth the hike. Pretty easy and breathtaking

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

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