Looking for a great trail near Newland, North Carolina? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running 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 Julian Price Memorial Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Newland ranging from 1.4 to 31.7 miles and from 1,276 to 3,982 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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very tough walking on the roots and rocks, but the payoff at the waterfall was fantastic. bring a float and plan to get in the water

i got lost on this trail for weeks. almost died from starvation but i manage to live off of rats and bugs. ok u got me. i can't tell a lie. it is a cute little trail. would be a wonderful place for small children. the would have a blast.

This trail I will give five stars it is a challenge and if your looking for a flat solid trail this I sent it but if your willing to travers the rocky hillsides it will be very much worth the view it’s a beautiful waterfall it’s a challenge but I will recommend it just be ready to push thru I saw children and we took our dog so I just urge watching your step

4 days ago

This trail was rated difficult at the Linville information center. It was moderate with Rocky spots near the bottom. It was only 0.7 miles to the bottom of the falls and well worth the trek! Anyone can view the falls from the lookouts but if you can see it from the bottom it is spectacular!

Very easy trail to walk, the views of the waterfalls are wonderful.

7 days ago

Beautiful waterfall

Absolutely stunning and a rainbow appeared.

Absolutely gorgeous. Only downfall is the stairs. A lot of them are partially broken. Make sure you visit all of the overlooks. Well marked for a easy journey.

Can go for miles, plenty of camping along the river relatively moderate-easy along this trail but getting down to it is a strenuous hike, recommend poles, water filter, hammocks!

strenous climb but well worth it

13 days ago

Very easy walkways. Completely graveled. Took the dog and saw many other dogs there. We went after a rainfall and nothing was washed out, all of the paths were in great condition.

13 days ago

Long road makes you question where you're going, but keep on down the road and you'll easily see parking and the trail head. We went the afternoon after a storm and it was a great hike. The trail was a little washed but easy enough. Took our dog and he did amazing! It gets pretty narrow in some places but nothing too bad. The top views are incredible! We could see a complete 360 view. There was rain pouring all over the gorge around us. We got poured on the whole hike down but so worth it. Also, the dense woods kept us from having the brute of the rainfall.

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14 days ago

Went counterclockwise. Got off trail because very poorly marked especially the last 2 miles.

6 miles of forest service rd, doable by car but probably won't like it. Parking for 8 cars or so. Trail well marked. Tree roots prominent on trail, watch your ankles. Hiking thru mtn laurel tunnel, shady. All downhill/uphill. Couple of fisherman followed me in, catch & release. A great swimming hole. Plenty of flat rocks to layout. Nice falls on feeder stream.

Wife and 14yo arrived 4pm after weather cleared for quick overnight. As others have said trail is well marked, first bit is easy and last part is steep and rocky. The peak offers extraordinary views of the gorge. I enjoyed the serenity of hearing no manmade noise apart from an occasional airplane. Recommend

Forest rd on way-in but doable by car. Good parking but could be lacking on busy days, No Parking signs all over the place. Well marked trailhead. Easy walk most way but becomes steeper/harder last .5 mile. Trail goes left/right at top with Linville Gorge & Table Rock views to the left. Pack a lunch & binoculars, you can see others on Table Rock. Passed families with young children & a dad carrying a 2 yr old. Suggest trail shoes but the kids were wearing tennis shoes.

4 of us tackled this trail, one who was 3 1/2years old. We camped near the peak. Fantastic views, fun hike with the little one, and met some nice people at the top. Only complaint was the parking, we went around March (no permit needed to camp at that time), and area was busy. Parked off the road along side a lot of other cars, next morning everone had an $80 parking ticket. Pretty sad as our option was to leave or risk a fine... any other nearby parking was full as well... Try to explain that to a 3 1/2 year old, fine was our only option. Is what it is. Good hike either way.

This hike is definitely one of my favorites. There are many trails I. The vicinity to explore. It does get a tad steeper towards the end, but patience and careful stepping, for those not used to hiking, will pay off.

Great views. Despite being an hour and a half from me I hit the trail before sun up. Would do it again.

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18 days ago

This trail was a beast! Very challenging, but also incredibly beautiful. Started at Wolf Pit and hiked to Chimneys the first night. Waking up on the Chimneys was beautiful, but the final climb was up to it was pretty tough and steep. The trail was very overgrown, and hard to spot in places. Do a tick check! Where the trail is so overgrown, we found several ticks on us. The trail down to the river gets pretty steep and the bridge is washed out. To cross, expect to get in water past your knees. It’s a great swimming spot though if you have the time! Once you cross the river, the trail is very rocky and uneven along the river. Look out for poison ivy and copperheads. We planned to camp at the “island camp,” but upon finding it and attempting to cross the river, we almost stepped on a couple of copperheads at the campsite on the river side trail. Don’t camp there! There’s a nice looking campsite right before, and another one about a mile after. The primitive trail to climb out of the gorge is hard to spot and very steep. I would recommend a gps during that time as it’s not listed on the map. The next river crossing is smoother and shallower, but the final climb back up Shortoff is brutal in the summer heat. Would recommend this trail in earlier spring or later fall.

19 days ago

This was a great trail for our family of 7. My 5 and 3 year old hiked it as well without any issues.

Great views at the top of the hike. I would consider this a moderate hike. Nice hike to get your heart rate up. Nothing too terrible though. Anyone in moderate shape won’t have a problem with this hike. The views at the top are fantastic. There’s room to sit and relax for a bit. Maybe have a lunch and enjoy the views. The parking area at the trailhead can get full. I would definitely do this hike again once I’ve explored more of the area.

Easy hike but got us sweating for sure. Falls are gorgeous and a few good swimming holes. Water is super cold even in July!

Great hike. Gets tougher after you follow the sign but it's worth it.

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