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Linville Falls

Description

There are two main trails at Linville Falls; each starts at the visitor center and provides birding opportunities and views of the waterfall. The Plunge Basin Trail is the most difficult. This steep trail leads a strenuous 0.8 miles into the gorge below the waterfall. About halfway down, a spur trail cuts off to provide a view from the cliff beside and above the falls. The most popular trail is the Erwin's View Trail. This more moderate trail travels 0.8 miles along the Linville River and across a couple of its tributaries before going through mature pine/hemlock forest and ending on hemlock bluffs overlooking the river and gorge. A variety of birds, including Osprey, Belted Kingfisher and Wood Duck, may be seen along the river. Along the trails, watch for Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Hooded and Black-and-white Warblers, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Red Crossbill and Swainson's Warbler have been observed along the gorge and Peregrine Falcon nest nearby.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Swainson's Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler

Habitat

dry coniferous woodlands, oak forest & mixed hardwood/pine, rocky outcrop, river/stream/creek

Special Features/Concerns

Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are often closed during the winter months due to snow and ice. Other temporary closures may occur following storms as a result of hazardous road conditions. It is best to call ahead to get current road conditions (828-298-0398). The use of tapes to attract birds is prohibited.

Access and Parking

Trails leave from the parking area and are open year round. The visitor center and restrooms are open daily during daylight hours from May - October.

Directions

From Newland, travel south on NC 194 to the intersection with US 221, approximately 3.9 miles. Take a slight right to follow US 221 south approximately 5.5 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the entrance ramp and turn north (left). Travel 1 mile to the spur road leading to the campground and visitor center. Turn right and follow the spur road 1.4 miles to end at the parking lot.

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