Linville Falls via Plunge Basin Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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Linville Falls via Plunge Basin Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Linville Falls, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
521 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



16 days ago

Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls has a great set of trails. The trails to the Plunge Basin by the river and to the Plunge Basin Overlook are located to the left of (not through) the Visitors Center. At the river you may have to do some wading to get an unobstructed view of the falls while the overlook gives a great side view of the falls. In my opinion, I recommend going to the overlook for the best view of the falls then go back to the Visitors Center, cross the bridge, and take in the other views. To me, the Plunge Basin was not worth the time and effort getting to it and it is somewhat hazardous.

18 days ago

4 1/2 year old loved climbing down and around the rocks going down the mountain to this waterfall and loved it going back up. She said it was her favorite trail. We had our 17 month old son and dog too. Very beautiful falls. Great hike

27 days ago

Another great day with the family. We had an 11, 14 and 15 year old along with my wife and I. Beautiful scenery. It was a little rough on my wife's knees but she thought it was well worth it.

1 month ago

Great hike down to the river with gorgeous views of the falls. It can be a bit strenuous if you are out of shape (like me!) but definitely doable. I recommend hiking boots or sturdy shoes because parts of the trail can be quite rocky or muddy (if it’s recently rained). But it is definitely worth it!!

1 month ago

Gorgeous! Fun hike. People are leaving trash though... :(

1 month ago

beautiful that is all

2 months ago

A really great hike! Beautiful rododendrin(?) plants along the trail. Easy enough to hike all the way to the top and then to the bottom! Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in good views, water, and just good old north carolina topography.

2 months ago

First actual trip into the Gorge. My wife and I absolutely loved this little hike. We went after it had rained for a week and couldn't get to the base of the falls, but did get very close. Enjoyed it immensely and will return when it drys up. There are some rocks that should be approached carefully, but definitely doable.

3 months ago

Lower section of the trail down to the river bank has a few set of stairs and is fairly steep in places but a beautiful hike and with some scrambling on the bank you can make it to the base of the falls.

3 months ago

MUST SEE!! This is a great hike with amazing views. I would rate the last 1/2 mile of the trail on the upper end of the moderate scale due to it being fairly steep. Once at the bottom of the falls there are plenty of boulders to sit on, perfect for chilling out or photo opportunities.

4 months ago

It was a great short hike, a little challenging if you are not in a decent shape. I loved it, the view was very beautiful.
The descent down is great, you can relax near the water and dip your feet it in while listening to the water roar around you. The climb back out of the gorge is a nice little work out.

8 months ago

Great hike!!

10 months ago

Great, short hike to the bottom of the falls. If you're willing to get a little wet, there are plenty of areas to explore.

10 months ago

Been trying to find this trail forever. Thank god for the internet now days. Very steep very steep...very steep. Rocky, rooty, very well marked. Last part is very steep.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Loved the diversity for this trail. Beautiful area will definitely make a return trip!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful place to sit and enjoy the day next to the falls.

Monday, June 26, 2017

I love this hike.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great trail! Beautiful falls and great place to lounge on rocks and play in the water. Moderate intensity, lots of rocks and roots along the trail. Will hike again soon for fishing with the fam.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The trail down to the river is pretty steep, and definitely more of a difficult rating compared to other trails on AllTrails.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Does anyone know if the fires at linville are closing this trail down?? Plan on going tmrw??

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good trails to hike. Our 4 year old completed both trails today. Some parts were difficult
for her.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

the trail is .7 miles each way. the last .4 miles was difficult for me because I'm short and the steps up and down on rocks and tree stumps were steep. the footing is sometimes tricky too. once you get to the end, the falls is difficult to see around the corner without getting in the water, maybe it was just because it had been raining outside for days but I had to climb up on a rock that juts out into the river and I was able to get a good view. only saw 2 other people on the trail.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Had a surprisingly warm day in January after hitting lows in the teens earlier in the week. That, plus dense fog early in the morning meant the trail was absolutely empty when I'd arrived which was fantastic. Great trail down to the gorge. Footing gets a little tricky over the rocks at times and it was a bit slippery because of the melted snow, but it wasn't anything too crazy. Beautiful views at the end. Quiet, peaceful, and gorgeous. I would highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice trail not too long but spectacular view at the overlook

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

An old favorite. Much less busy than Erwin's view or the upper falls overlook, and much more peaceful. Can be strenuous coming back up but it's definitely worth the hike to be so close to the falls.

28 days ago

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