Best trails in Linville, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail near Linville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or Elk Knob State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Linville ranging from 0.7 to 11.8 miles and from 3,982 to 5,820 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Linville, North Carolina
Top trails (11)
#1 - Grandfather Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
NOTE: There is no fee to enter the State Park, however this trailhead is located inside the privately owned Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, which does charge admission. The trail then enters the state park. The Grandfather Trail runs the length of the summit ridge from the Grandfather Mountain attraction to Calloway Peak. It offers astonishing variety, running in and out of wind-dwarfed spruce and fir, across or around rock walls and pinnacles and into open spaces with mountain views in every direction. It was along this trail two centuries ago that explorer/botanist Andre Michaux broke into song thinking he had arrived at the high point of North America. The pace is often slow. There are chutes where progress is hand-over-hand and extra steep sections where hikers use in-place cables and ladders. An alternative to taking the ladders up MacRae Peak is to opt for the more sheltered Underwood Trail. Not recommended for children, inexperienced hikers, or pets.Show more
#2 - Mile High Swinging Bridge
Linville, North Carolina
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 26 m
There is a fee to complete this hike.Show more
#3 - Raven Rocks Loop
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#4 - Rough Ridge via Tanawha Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#5 - Linn Cove Viaduct Via Tanawha Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
Linn Cove Viaduct on the Tanawha Trail is located near Grandfather, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This small section is part of the Tanawha Trail which is 13.5 miles long in total distance winding along the Blue Ridge Parkway mountains Travel through the parking lot to the trail head which takes you on a nice pleasant walk under the viaduct where you can gaze at the amazing modern marvel of construction and hear the many cars traveling overhead. This very short hike is about 900 feet. Continue up the wooden stairs as the trail winds up and down through a maze of rocks, boulders, and rock staircases. Along the trail there is a bridge where Wilson's Creek runs under and a pretty waterfall to see.  As you near the end of the viaduct about an hour later there is a fork in the road; take the fork with the red ribbon to the right. The trail going straight continues as part of the Tanawha Trail. The red ribbon indicates you have made it to one of the most distinctive picture taking points of the Blue Ridge Parkway. You have seen this vantage point in many pictures and magazines about the Blue Ridge Parkway Not only will you be elevated above the parkway but above the viaduct watching cars come around the bend as they travel over the viaduct.Show more
#6 - Flat Rock Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
#7 - Tanawha Trail via Beacon Heights
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
Dogs are NOT allowed at a few points along the trail (even leashed), such as Rough Ridge. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-trail.htm. Show more
#8 - Black Rock Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
NOTE: Please note that this trail begins in the privately owned Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, which charges a fee for entry. From the attraction's Black Rock parking lot, the Black Rock Trail slopes out gradually to a wide-angle view of the swinging bridge, MacRae and Attic Window peaks as well as Beacon Heights and Grandmother Mountain to the southwest. To reach these view points at the end of the trail, hikers must climb a ladder and cable up the rock. This trail rambles through northern hardwood and spruce forests. Hikers return to the parking lot via the same trail. Show more
#9 - Stack Rock to Wilson Creek via Tanawha Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
This route begins at the Stack Rock Parking area and uses the Tanawha Trail towards the destination of Wilson Creek. Hikers will pass by the Linn Cove Visitor's Center along the way.Show more
#10 - Grandfather Mountain to Boone Fork
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
Park at the top of Grandfather Mountain, hike to Boone Fork Parking area. Show more
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