Linville Falls Recreation Area

Linville Falls, North Carolina

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Surrounded by one of those periodic bulges in the narrow corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls is the high road’s biggest waterfall (by volume of water). This oft-photographed cataract gushes 100 foaming feet into the Linville Gorge, the USDA Forest Service wilderness canyon that lies below the falls. The Parkway’s easy National Recreation Trails introduce this wild chasm. Descriptions of the following trails are included: Duggers Creek Loop, Linville Gorge Trail, and Plunge Basin Overlook Trail; Linville Falls Trail.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Surrounded by one of those periodic bulges in the narrow corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls is the high road’s biggest waterfall (by volume of water). This oft-photographed cataract gushes 100 foaming feet into the Linville Gorge, the USDA Forest Service wilderness canyon that lies below the falls.

The Parkway’s easy National Recreation Trails introduce this wild chasm. Descriptions of the following trails are included: Duggers Creek Loop, Linville Gorge Trail, and Plunge Basin Overlook Trail; Linville Falls Trail.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Linville Falls
Distance: 0.5-2 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Features: Waterfalls
Local Maps: USGS Linville Falls. Download a Parkway handout map of Linville Falls trails at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website (nps.gov/blri). The map is also available at the Linville Falls Visitor Center and Campground.
Driving Directions: Directions to Linville Falls Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

2/16/2009
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5/16/2003
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Very nice trails - from easy to moderately strenuous. All give great views of the both falls. All leave from the visitors center. Trails to the right (don't remember the names) are easier and most anyone should be able to complete the round-trip. Trails to the left are much harder but give better views.


10/23/2002
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Beautiful area and not too strenuous for a hiker any age. Have been here twice during the fall and colors were magnificent both times. If you are expecting falls similar to those in places like Yosemite, not even a close comparison. However, if you are looking for a nice, short and easily accessible trail for a diversion from the Blue Ridge Parkway, then this is an excellent stop-off, especially in the fall.



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