Duggers Creek Falls is a small 10-foot waterfall is tucked away in a beautiful cove a short walk from the Linville Falls Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our photos are after a good bit of rain, so the flow can be much less during drier weather.
The Duggers Creek Trail is only 3/10 mile. From the Visitor Center, walk up the Plunge Basin Trail a short distance and turn left. Or you can access the trail at the far corner of the parking lot (near the entrance to the parking area to the left as you drive in). The easy trail takes you down by some rocks to a small wooden bridge that provides the view in the photo to the right. Stop here to see Dugger Creek Falls on one side and other cascades on the other. Along the way, enjoy lush foliage, wildflowers and mushrooms. Continue on this trail, and you will come out on the road near the bridge that you drove across to get into the parking lot. There's a great view of the cascading creek from the road bridge as well.
Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 316.4, about 66 miles north of Asheville. There are two main trails to see Linville Falls from both sides of the river. The Visitors Center has restrooms, picnic area and an information center that is open May-October and weekends in April. The parking area and trails are open all year long, except when snow closes them or the Parkway.
Directions to Linville & Dugger Creek Falls
From Asheville, you can take the Blue Ridge Parkway north for about 66 miles (when the Parkway is open read about possible Parkway closures) to Milepost 316.4. The Parkway is closed much of the winter in sections between Asheville and Linville. This is a spectacular, winding, leisurely drive. Allow two hours.
A quicker way will take about 1.5 hours (about 75 miles) by taking I-40 East to Marion, get off on US Hwy 221 exit in Marion and head north. Take 221 all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway (passing Linville Caverns), head north on the BRP and the right turn for Linville Falls is about a mile down. Coming from east of Morganton on I-40, you can take exit 103 which is Hwy 64. Head east, back towards Morganton. Follow the 64 east truck and by-pass route until you get to Hwy 181 north. Take this left turn and take 181 north to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left (south) on the BRP and drive a few miles to the left turn for the Linville Falls parking.
Nearby are Crabtree Falls and Chestoa View. And hikes to the summits of Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock Mountain, overlooking the Linville Gorge.