It is nice to go here during the fall right when the leaves are changing, it is truely a beautiful place to go. They have three different trails to fit your fitness level, and the falls are absolutely beautiful. It's confusing at first to navigate around but after you've been once you get the hang of things. Great place to go!
The Linville gorge has so much to do I can't list it all. To begin with you can take the kids to see the falls. These falls are some of the largest in North Carolina and they are beautiful especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. You can go camping in the camp ground with the kids and take them to see the overlooks of the gorge and get some exercise in while you're hiking around the gorge. This is a must see stop on the parkway for all families.
There are two access areas to the trails. One is located near Mile Post 316.3 of the Blue Ridge Parkway; the other is a United States Forest Service parking area located off US 221.
For a paved parking lot, flushable toilets and a small gift shop, choose the Blue Ridge Parkway access.
We chose the USFS parking area and made a short trip to the USFS Visitor Center where we used the primitive facilities before beginning our hike. After hiking to Erwin's View and visiting all the overlooks on that path, we decided to walk to the Parkway Access. The store was nice and the staff was friendly. I didn't look for picnic tables near this parking area but, according to a map I have, there is a picnic area nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We returned to the USFS parking area and enjoyed a picnic at one of the two available tables there.
We started our hike before 10:00am on a Sunday morning because we had heard the trails can get crowded. The trails did, indeed, start to fill up around 11:30am. As we were leaving, more people were just beginning their hikes so I imagine the overlooks can become a bit populated.
There are paths to Linville Gorge and to Plunge Basin but we opted not to take those on this trip.
Depending on your fitness level, there are lots of different look outs you can walk to. Last time we went we had our 2 year old with us so we went on the easy walk to the lowest overlook and then turned around. In the past, we've spent a lot of time here exploring with our dog.
My brother is the park ranger up there, Nice trails and overlooks of the falls but they are kinda confusing to a person not familiar with them. The falls are beautiful!!! they have one area as you are driving in that you can walk down these stairs and swim under a waterfall! its kinda up hill(duh lol) but its just a dirt trail no rails or anything! I have only been all the way to the top once because its a pretty long hike! Oh and we seen bears on time thank god my brother was with us!!!
The Linville Gorge and Falls area is a great outdoor adventure for families of most ages and abilities. Even my sister managed the hike while pregnant with major morning sickness.
With three trails- easy, moderate, and strenuous- leading to the same awe-inspiring waterfalls, your family will find its way to enchantment, too.
Tent camping sites are clean, level, roomy and private. The area is full of hotels and b&bs, too.