Linville Falls via Plunge Basin Trail

MODERATE 84 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.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The trailhead directions on this page are off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which may be closed in the winter. You can get to this trailhead via the other visitors center nearby as well.

hiking
24 days ago

Loved this hike; not overly difficult, but some very fun sections of trail over gnarly rocks and under cliffs. We went when this were a bit flooded, which made for a very impressive waterfall!

Keep in mind, the trailhead that AllTrails links you to is off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which may be closed in the winter. You can get to this trailhead via the other visitors center nearby as well.

1 month ago

Awesome getting to the bottom of Linville Falls. It was kinda tough and my hiking poles made a huge difference with all the rocks and roots.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view of the falls, but the trail is a bit strenuous for people that are new to hiking or out of shape. Make sure you're ready for it!

2 months ago

This trail is a must to get up close and personal with the falls! Trail is steep with roots and rocks but people (and dogs) of all ages were making the hikes. Starts to the left of the visitors center, off of the blue ridge parkway.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this Trail. It’s not strenuous or long but requires your focus for footing as you will trek over many rocks.

4 months ago

I thought it was strenuous coming back up. but I loved the trail and the falls!

4 months ago

This was by far my favorite hike I have been on so far! It was tough but the view is incredible and completely worth it!

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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!!

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

beautiful that is all

7 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.

7 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.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 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.

8 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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Great hike!!

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, October 09, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

I love this hike.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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