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Asheville and WNC Hiking Guide: Visit Linville Falls

Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” The Falls Trail distance is 1.6 miles round trip and easy. The Gorge Trail distance is 1.4 miles round trip and strenuous. The Plunge Basin Trail is 1 mile round trip and moderate. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash.

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Know before you go: Linville Falls

Because Linville Falls is so easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, this trail is more crowded than most. The parking lot is often full to overflowing, and the trails are too. Visit weekdays (Monday through Thursday) and avoid holidays for fewer crowds.

The moderate trail is not too strenuous. Except for those with health conditions that limit mobility and climbing, it is fairly easy to climb.

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The official address is 717 Gurney Franklin Rd, via Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 317.4, Linville Falls, NC. Use the official address in your GPS as the term “Linville Falls” will take you to town, not the falls.

Like any nature trail, the walkways are not level. Wear supportive shoes when visiting. Yes, we saw teens in flip flops. No, they did not handle the trail well.

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Linville Falls Trail: Hiking Linville Gorge Waterfalls

Hike to epic views of Linville Gorge’s enormous waterfalls on this Linville Falls Trail two miler. It’s north of Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway – and easily one of North Carolina's best waterfall hikes.

Carving deep into the mountainous landscape between Asheville and Boone, NC, Linville Gorge is striking. The Linville River dives deep between two mountainous ridges, flowing nearly 2,000 feet below the surrounding mountain summits.

At the gorge’s northern edge, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the river cascades in a series of waterfalls that plummet through its dramatically beautiful landscape. Linville Falls thunders through a towering cliff before pooling in a deep, wide basin below the waterfall and flowing downriver through the 12-mile gorge. It’s a spectacular series of waterfalls – and thanks to the Linville Falls Trail, easy to spot from a number of great vantage points on a moderate, 2-mile hike.

http://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/linville-falls-trail-linville-gorge/

The Linville Falls Trail visits three waterfall overlooks on a one-mile outbound adventure, each catching a unique perspective of the upper falls, immense lower falls and the surrounding gorge. And a bonus overlook, near the hike’s end, offers southbound views into the deep-carved gorge. It’s a hike that’s particularly gorgeous in summertime mornings, as the fog begins to lift from Linville Gorge’s deep valley and the sun rises over the opposite ridge.

REMINDER: Slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Do not climb, stand above, swim near, or jump from any waterfall. See more water safety tips.

Linville Falls Trail: the hike

The hike begins at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway near MP 316 (view maps and driving directions), trekking through the center’s breezeway and crossing a bridge over the Linville River. Just across the river, a ‘Linville Falls’ sign marks the trail, a wide, easily-followed gravel road. The hike rolls elevation through a green forest, the trees reaching tall over a rolling landscape of grasses, rhododendron and fern.

The hike hangs a left at .5 miles, following signs to the upper falls overlook. The hike descends through a blocky, cliff-lined terrain to the overlook’s wide, smooth rock expanses on the Linville River’s banks. Upriver, upper Linville Falls cascades down in a pair of synchronous waterfalls framed by 20-foot-tall outcrops.

http://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/linville-falls-trail-linville-gorge/

Parking

Free parking is available at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, located at MP 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville.

(Before you go, check for trail updates and parkway closures on the official Blue Ridge Parkway website. The area is subject to close in the winter, especially after a snow. See alternate wintertime trailhead info from the US Forest Service.)

GPS Coordinates

35.954583, -81.927833 (N35 57.275 W81 55.670)

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Backpacker Magazine even has a guide with detailed maps and all - check it out below:

Asheville, NC: Linville Gorge Loop

A super-sampler of the southern half of Linville Gorge, this 3-day backpack showcases some of the best sweeping cliff-top views and raging waterfalls that the “Grand Canyon of the East” has to offer.

Read More: www.backpacker.com

 

Make Sure to Check Out Linville Caverns too!

Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina's only caverns. These natural limestone caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream. Guided tours (30-40 minutes long) begin on a regular basis. The caverns is located just a few miles from Linville Falls and four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The temperature stays a comfortable 52 degrees F year round, so it's definitely one of our Favorite Spots to Beat the Heat

Linville Caverns remain active as mineral deposits continue to form the stalactites and stalagmites. The water, produced by this mountain, with its carbon dioxide created the caverns by dissolving limestone and dolomite thus creating natural passageways into the mountain. During the winter and early spring, you may see some Eastern Pipistrelle Bats or Little Brown Bats, which hibernates here and hangs from the ceiling.

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Photo From Feb. 2016 by Shelley HippsPhoto From Feb. 2016 by Shelley Hipps

 

Asheville, NC: Linville Gorge Loop

A super-sampler of the southern half of Linville Gorge, this 3-day backpack showcases some of the best sweeping cliff-top views and raging waterfalls that the “Grand Canyon of the East” has to offer.

- See more at: http://www.backpacker.com/trips/north-carolina/asheville/asheville-nc-linville-gorge-loop/#bp=0/img1

Asheville, NC: Linville Gorge Loop

A super-sampler of the southern half of Linville Gorge, this 3-day backpack showcases some of the best sweeping cliff-top views and raging waterfalls that the “Grand Canyon of the East” has to offer.

- See more at: http://www.backpacker.com/trips/north-carolina/asheville/asheville-nc-linville-gorge-loop/#bp=0/img1

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