Accessibility – Easy+
Height: Approx 20′
Distance – 0.3 (loop hike from visitor’s center)
Beauty – 8
Photo rating – 7
Solitude – 6
GPS Info: LAT 35.9566 LONG -81.9276
Last updated – 07-17-2017
To get to Duggers Creek Falls, start at the visitor center in the main parking area for Linville Falls. If you’re not sure how to get to this point, check out the Linville Falls page to see how we got here. You can also access this parking area from the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 316.5. I didn’t come in this way so I don’t know how well this road is signed on the parkway.
While looking at the map board at the visitor’s center, the bathrooms will be on your left. Walk in front of the bathrooms and into the woods following the obvious path. Almost immediately the path with come to a T. Make a left and walk parallel to the parking lot. You will pass another intersection signed for Plunge Basin Trail. Remain on the Duggers Creek Trail. Near the end of the parking lot it will turn right into the woods. The trail will ascend for a time and then come to a footbridge over Duggers Creek. The view of the falls is OK from the bridge. It’s better if you scramble down on from the left side of the bridge. Duggers Falls isn’t huge but the setting is nice and the geology is interesting with the moss-covered layers of rock on river left.
The creek is low flow but photographically it’s a great setting. The canopy encloses the creek below the falls, while the two drops stand out against the dark rock. I shot from under the bridge in the creek to include more of the narrow slot leading back to the falls since this feature added so much to the appeal. Kid friendly? Definitely!
To get back to the visitor’s center you can backtrack the way you came or you can continue up the hill to a set of stone steps. The trail descends from the top of the steps back to the end of the parking lot near the road into the parking lot. The total loop is around 0.3 of a mile.