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Great trip! Lots of beautiful scenery without being overly strenuous. Excellent for taking pics and for getting so exercise. My friend and I both have some injuries but were able to complete this hike without any problems. It's only an hour from my house, so I will definitely be doing it again!!

If you do the full loop you must cross the river twice and you will get wet. Lots of tree roots but a nice hike with great views of falls. I have dogs that enjoy the water and there were a couple of places for them to get in.

Started out as a simple down and back, see the Falls and climb back but there is so much more. While viewing the lower falls at 2 separate places which was great we saw people behind us at a much higher overlook. We climbed back to a midway point and began a .3 mile up to the top. Spectacular views from 2 different lookouts. You could see the bottom side of the falls as well as the downstream. Came back down and there is another midway point platform foe another great view. Kids were down at the bottom and apparently there is a lower parking lot that they are at ground level. This can be easy down and back but we did 2 miles overall and several stairs, up to the top view and the last hill to the parking lot was all we wanted especially after Hawksbill Mtn. This Falls surpassed all my expectations. Enjoy His presence.

Awesome hike. I would classify as moderate. Slow climb 1/2 way then steepens but not too difficult. At the approx. half way point you come to a sign directing you back to the parking lot. There are 3 paths to take. We went almost straight thru a narrow path down...wrong. The main trail is left. Looks like a large disappearing trail but it opens and continue up. Close to the top you come to another intersection. We went straight and climbed thru many rocks. We came back the other way which is easier. Take your pick and you can have a great lunch at the top. Spectacular view. Feel His presence!

Went on Labor Day. It was ok. If you have a family with small children or some seniors, this is a good trail to the falls.
Falls weren’t terribly impressive and the trail was super busy, we had to stop and wait in line a few times to get passed some narrow parts. We were never alone on the trail. Maybe it’s different on non-holidays.

Fun hike - beautiful at the top. One of our favorite trails now for sure.

The hike is moderate but difficult when carrying a large and heavy pack. Campsites are pretty cool and tucked away, good privacy. Only downside for camping is all of the harmless bees and mosquitos around the tree line. Birds are quite loud at night, so I opted to sleep out on the rock. You can’t beat the views though! Watched an amazing sunset/sunrise, and there was a full moon with that rise and set offering great opportunities for photos. Highly recommend staying the night if you can.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike! Starts off pretty easy then gets a little harder toward the end but is well worth when you get to the top. My kids hiked it no problem (5&8). Highly recommend!

A small group of three, we went for the sunset. With a hurt knee, it was difficult. But I would do it again in a heartbeat, the view is unbelievably beautiful. Completely worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Park at the primitive lot off Roseborough Road and make sure you begin your ascent on the NW side of the spur creek (I started on the SE and ended up having to backtrack). The climb up Bee Mountain was alternately pleasant and grueling as slight ascents were followed by muddy 25-30% scrambles. Once at the top, I opted for the Timber Hollow Ridge Trail and was glad I did! The trail slowly descends to the MST near the confluence of Lost Cove Creek and Gragg Prong and has a beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain about halfway down. From here I hiked upstream on the MST past 5 medium to major waterfalls and sliding rocks, ultimately back to my car. Couple of bits of advice: be ready for muddy and rocky scrambling, lost of blowdown and 3-4 not unpleasant water crossings. Upper Gragg Prong Falls has a magnificent 8 foot deep pool just below a 10 foot waterfall. Perfect for swimming!

nature trips
1 month 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!

Great hike. we took the upper falls trail side to start (which is much easier section than the lower falls trail that starts on the other side of the parking lot) Once you get to the upper falls section you need to cross the water and go up to the next pool up for the rope swing and rock slide. we had a blast sliding down the rocks and using the rope swing. Then we took the trail the rest of the way down to the lower falls where there is a much longer rock slide. the second half of the loop back to the parking lot from the lower falls are switch backs the whole way (or you can take the many short cuts that go straight up if you want) Definitely a must see.

Best view you will see in North Carolina!! Relatively easy hike with a huge payoff. Highly recommended.

The end of the trail at the peak of the mountain makes the hike completely worth it! It's a gorgeous 360° view.

Awesome waterfalls. Easy trails.

This is a super fantastic hike

on Linville Falls Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

Gets a little steep at the end, but the views are so worth it! When you get to the top, head right for an awesome panoramic view of the mountains! If you go to the left, you can scramble out to some rocks for really good views of Table Rock as well! We started the hike at about 1pm and there weren’t too many people up top which was nice!

First real trail we’ve hiked since moving to North Carolina. It’s definitely our new favorite hobby. We went down the lower trail first and somehow found out way back to the upper for a complete loop. It took us right about an hour. Beautiful views

A beautiful trail and destination! the view of the mountains from the upper falls and the water slide at the lower falls makes for an amazing hike.

a beautiful trail (would rate as moderate) that climbs steeply at the last bit for an amazing view! to the left is a great view of table rock and lots of jagged boulders to explore. to the right is a 360 degree view of the beautiful blue ridge mountains!

Steep and lots of roots. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for all ages

Was a gorgeous view on top. Sure the gravel road to get there is a little sketch at times, and the hike itself gets really rocky. You'll know what I mean when you see it. Make SURE that when you get to the top, you go down BOTH trail paths. If you can't stand up, and turn 360 and see EVERYTHING with no obstructions or trees, you aren't there yet. There's a pretty awesome view of Table Rock that some might mistake for the top of the mountain. Open up your app and head back and then towards the summit for a breathtaking, and windy, view of the world.

Gorgeous views at the top. I was confused by the 2.1 out and back. It’s really about 1 mike up so 2 miles total with the up and back. I was glad for the map directions as you have to take a gravel road for about 3 miles to reach the trailhead.

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

My wife and I are experienced hikers and do several hikes a year. That said I would rate this as a moderate to almost difficult trail. It is very poorly marked. We walked to the upper falls route going in and didn't see a blaze until we were almost down to the river. On the way out blazes were sporadic at best and many that were there were very faded. That said it was a great waterfall hike with a lot of off shoot trails that take you to several swimming holes. This is a good hike for everyone including families that are looking for some cool water swimming. We'll certainly return with our swimwear.

Super easy and short.
Great views.
If you think this is a difficult hike you should get into shape before commenting.

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