Linn Cove Viaduct - Milepost 304

Linn Cove Viaduct surrounded by fall color
Although you cannot stop or walk along the viaduct, several overlooks and hikes give spectacular views of this engineering feat.

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To protect the fragile habitat of Grandfather Mountain, Parkway planners designed the Linn Cove Viaduct. This award-winning complex concrete bridge is a symbol of pride to landscape architects and engineers for its marriage of beauty with utility and habitat protection. Visitors here will gain an appreciation for the care that was taken in construction of the entire Parkway. Learn more about the history and construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct.
Tanawha Trail boardwalk over fragile habitat on Rough Ridge.
Boardwalks on the Tanawha Trail at Rough Ridge protect the fragile environment and give excellent views of the area.

Harold Blackwood photo

At a Glance:

  • Visitor Center

  • Historic architecture/ parkway design

  • Hiking trails

Points of Interest:

Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center: Talk to a ranger for information and to grab a map. Open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates.

Linn Cove Viaduct: Drive across the last section of the Parkway to be completed, a true engineering feat. Although visitors are not allowed to walk along the viaduct, several overlooks and trails provide excellent views.

Sleeping and Eating:

The Linn Cove Viaduct has no sleeping or eating options. See nearby towns for accommodations. On the Parkway, Linville Falls is nearby for camping.

Things to Do:

Hike a Trail: The Tanawha Trail, a Cherokee word meaning fabulous hawk or eagle, is a 13.5-mile hike that connects Julian Price Park to Beacon Heights hiking area. Hike a portion or the whole trail to get excellent views of the Linn Cove Viaduct, Grandfather Mountain, and surrounding area. See the Tanawha trail page for more information.

Last updated: July 18, 2019

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