Linville Falls

A short hike to multiple overlooks of Linville Falls

Hiking Moderate

Distance
3.3 km
Ascent
123 m
Descent
123 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
952 m
High Point
1 km
Gradient
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Linville Falls Map

Description

Linville Falls is a must-do hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and for good reason. While there is one large waterfall, it is actually a series of several features as the Linville River passes through its namesake gorge. According to Wikipedia, the main falls "has the highest volume of any waterfall on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains." This is an easy family-friendly hike that includes multiple viewpoints to the falls.

The trailhead is located at the end of Linville Falls Road and is accessed via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Look for a sign on the parkway leading to the Linville Falls Campground. Know that in the winter, portions of the scenic byway frequently close due to inclement weather.

The hike starts by crossing the Linville River then meanders to multiple overlooks. Some hikers choose to visit the first and head back, while the more adventurous often explore the others. None of the marked trails venture far from the falls, making it hard to get lost.

On the opposing side of the river, a trail leads down to the base of the falls, but swimming is not allowed. Many have been injured, and some have even lost their lives by exploring too far off the trail. According to Wikipedia, personnel at Linville Falls claim the massive waterfall was used by Native Americans to execute prisoners because surviving the plunge was considered impossible.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LinvilleFalls

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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