Linville Falls is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The waterfall is a three-tier one and is a wonderful spectacle as it plunges into the Linville Gorge, sometimes termed as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians”. The waterfall can be accessed through four hiking trails, three of which are located on one side of the river and the fourth one on the other side.
I could manage only one side of the river with the limited amount of time (and energy!) that was at my disposal, which means I could cover three of the four trails. From the visitor’s center, the Upper Falls trail is around 0.5 miles long and was the easiest of the lot. The hiking was not at all strenuous considering the view it offered. The picture below is courtesy of my good friend Subash Chandra Godar (I will borrow some good pictures from him time to time – he’s a better photographer than me).
It was probably not the best time of the year that I decided to visit the Linville Falls, since it was early spring and greenery was fairly less. However, the beauty of the waterfall made up for it. After spending some time at the Upper Falls, we took the Chimney View Trail, which led us to the Chimney view of the waterfall and the gorge.
As is evident from this picture above, I had some good company along with a good view. My camera wasn’t good enough to capture the magnificence of the beauty of the place, but I hope that even this very average picture conveys how much better the view would be for the eyes. After this viewpoint, we took the trail to the Erwin’s view of the falls.
The picture of the Erwin’s view is one where I zoomed in a little bit, but I still feel that the view was spectacular. This viewpoint didn’t provide a lot of room in the angle of viewing the waterfall, and I think the best one was the Chimney’s View. After this point, we moved on to the Gorge View, which, as the name suggests, had nothing to do with the waterfall, but it was a nice place to see the river flow away and disappear at the distance.
As I had indicated earlier, these pictures would have looked a lot better if I had visited this place in say, the Fall season. However, it was a fun trip with good friends and good vibes. On our way to the Linville Falls, we also stopped at Asheville, which in itself is an extremely nice place to visit, but more about it in another post some time soon.
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