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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail

Newland, NC

Linville Gorge Trail is a 11.5 mile trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for birding, camping & hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved the scenic views at the end of this trail but the terrain was rougher than we thought but we just laughed it off and kept on going. We had 2 five year olds who couldn't wait to get in the water the trail was worth it. If you do both I recommend doing this trail first and then do Linville Falls Trail next. Loved spending time in the water and having the kids laugh as wee slipped on the rocks in the water. Ready to go back again.

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Linville Falls Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this hike with my wife and 5 year old daughter. We loved the many different viewing areas that this trail had to offer. Just a note when pulling in if you are wanting to picnic look for the picnic tables when you turn off the parkway because the tables are not at the visitor center. Can't wait to go back this fall.

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Linville Falls Trail
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

One of the best trails I"ve hiked in western NC. The views are absolutely beautiful!

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Linville Gorge Trail aka Linville River Trail
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9 Completed 5 Reviews

Gorgeous gorge. We hiked down through about five miles to the gorge the first night and found the best campsite right by the river. And the second night we hiked all the way up to the top of a mountain to found another great campsite. Breathtaking area.

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Linville Falls Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Family favorite

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Linville Falls Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

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Linville Falls Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Very nice trail. Great views.

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Linville Falls Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

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Upper Creek Falls Loop Trail
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

The trail was posted as easy... Maybe it was warmer and humid but not easygoing... We went in on the upper trail and not bad hike down to the falls. We took the trial from that point up to the left to a great swimming, rock sliding and boulder climbing area. Then we went down to the largest waterfalls and several smaller one to the lower falls trail. Beautiful scenery with more swimming and rock sliding... We left the trail for a bit and worked our way down over some boulders. Back on the trail it seemed to just stop... Down to the water, cross the stream to the trail and then back up. This part of the trail had the most massive Boulder 40 to 50 ft tall and the color was amazing. Up lots of switchbacks to the top... This area was challenging at times and glad we had Trifuel with us. We hike into lots of trails in the mountains of NC and these are the prettiest falls we have seen.

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