Known as the easiest hike to see the Linville Falls, the Upper Falls is where it all begins. Pretty little twin falls start the cascades decent into the gorge.
Typically, you can access the rock areas above the twin falls and get pretty close to the water at the Upper Falls view point. However, on our most recent Fall 2020 visit these areas were closed off. Though it looked temporary.
It’s worth mentioning, though you can access these areas near the water, swimming is not allowed anywhere at Linville Falls.
From the Linville Falls Visitor Center, the hike to Upper Falls is only .5 of a mile. It’s an easy walk, but like all the viewpoints on this trail, it does require some stairs.