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 bird watching 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

As of May, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. 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.

Heavily trafficked trail. Easy walk. Well worth the view.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy but super crowded memorial day weekend. We liked it for the views, but not the best waterfalls I’ve ever seen and very crowded for my personal taste. Great for young families and inexperienced hikers.

hiking
13 days ago

Basically just three different viewpoints of the same waterfall. Very touristy. Trail is a little too wide and maintained for my liking.

hiking
13 days ago

Wonderful views! Three different rest areas of varying elevations. My children did this with me who were 3 & 6 at the time. Would do this again.

14 days ago

Great hiking day but very crowded today. Most folks were honoring 6ft apart recommendations.

hiking
bridge out
closed
20 days ago

This trail is normally beautiful and 5 star but it was closed. Could only go halfway.

fishing
25 days ago

gorgeous place to spend the day. If you go out towards the highest view point to see the chimney's there is a sketchy trail marked in blue right past a fence that goes straight down into the gorge by the river. If you are agile and healthy it is well worth the risk. Highly recommend this hike to everyone! no fishing between falls but below the falls we caught some pretty nice ones and missed some monsters! the road in was closed but it didn't say keep out so we went on and saw a ranger who didn't seem to mind. Should be open as of 5/16/20

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike but absolutely beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Although this trail is not challenging or secluded, the view was honestly so worth it. It is just about the most beautiful scenic view of North Carolina mountains I've ever seen. Very, very easy hike and lots of foot traffic. Try to go before noon to beat the crowd.

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muddy
2 months ago

SO PRETTY!

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flooded
muddy
3 months ago

Easy and beautiful trail. The overlooks are well worth the drive. Once you’re on the trail and make it to the junction signs, keep right and go around 3/4 a mile and you get amazing views!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Great quick hike with great views of the falls and the river.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike only down fall it is little too peoply for me

hiking
4 months ago

unbelievable falls! easy trail, nice overlook at the end on past the falls. you can look at the actual falls from a overlook but be careful, do not sit on ledge as you could plummet to your death!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice views, but way too many people. Wide, smooth trail, so good if you need/want that. I’d prefer rougher trail with fewer people!

hiking
5 months ago

this trail was great. we ended up going all the way to the bottom of the falls. it was easy, but we went right after a rain so some of the footing was slippery. but normally i don't think that would be a problem. the falls were beautiful. i would totally go again.

hiking
5 months ago

We loved this hike, great views and a great workout with all those stairs. the falls we amazing and it was so cool to get a different view the further up we hiked. even for the off season there were tons of people there, it's probably crazy during other times in the year. A ton of dogs were there and sadly some people don't pick up after them or toss the poo bags into the bushes, even though there are plenty of trash cans throughout the whole hike.

nature trips
5 months ago

Very easy trail with very beautiful views. Easily accessible from the parking lot.

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muddy
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

It wasn’t super crowded for our crew on this Monday. We enjoyed the easy trail. It was great for little kids and a small dog. The waterfall was beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Love the falls!

hiking
6 months ago

Not really a hike as much as a short walk. Very crowded with wide paths so I had to stay close to my owners. Not as much fun as the more natural trails for me. Nice place for families with young children. Great views of the falls and not a very long walk from the parking lot.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy short hike with multiple different trails to different locations. Lots of people for a weekday. I would not go again due to the crowd.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful, but to crowded for my taste, there were no less than 70 people there, had to wait for people to pass in tight areas. Went, saw, but wouldn't go again.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy for beginners

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Very involved trail. We decided to do the most difficult one to the gorge. Lots of rocks and roots. Super awesome payoff though. The falls were beautiful. Taking the gorge trail takes you directly to the bottom. You are able to climb over rocks and get super close to the actual fall. Was definitely a workout though.

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