100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
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Busy on a Saturday, but a really area. Very well maintained trails.... easy-moderate hike, even for our 4 year old.
Nice trail not hard at all nice and refreshing, nice views.
This is a really nice, easy hike along well maintained trails. Even with all the short spurs, you can do the entire main trail in about an hour. Definately worth checking out all the stops as the views are different and worth the time. We were there in late March, but there was still quite a few people, though not crowded. For a little more adventure, we took both trails on the basin side. The trip down to the base of the falls is a bit more strenuous, but the views up the falls are worth it. These trails are a good warm up for some of the more diffficult trails in the area.
I've gone to Linville Falls several times, it's an easy hike to all of the views, so it's good for kids and people who might not be in great physical shape too. After a decent rain, bits of the trail right before the views can be quite muddy, so be careful of slipping. The falls are just beautiful. Since all of the trails are fairly short to each view, you can knock out the whole thing in about an hour or less, depending on the shape you're in and if you're not stopping for hangout time.
Beautiful waterfall with overlooks at multiple angles and distances. Trail can get crowded on weekends. Make sure to go to all the overlooks including Plunge Basin and Linville Gorge. Trail is fairly steep to river bottom. Definitely recommend.
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