The trails to Linville Gorge(1.4 miles round trip) and to Plunge Basin (1 mile round trip) both begin at the Linville Falls Visitor Center. The trail to Linville Gorge forks 0.2 mile from the visitor center. The right fork takes hikers to Plunge Basin Overlook where they can view the lower falls and the Chimneys- the chimney-like rock outcroppings located to the right of the waterfall. The left fork winds down through rock cliffs to the bottom of the falls where the force of the water cascading over the falls creates a large pool. Both of these trails are strenuous.