North Carolina - Outdoor Activities

North Carolina has approximately 2,748 trails, including 1,790 hiking trails and 1,010 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 290 miles in length. The most popular trails are Chasteen Creek Loop, Mount Mitchell-Mileposts 344.1-355.3 and Uwharrie National Forest. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in North Carolina was Raman A. who completed Duke Forest.

  • Linville Falls TrailView Trail Details

    26 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    •  0.9 miles

    Linville Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Burke County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 3,182 ...

  • Mount Mitchell TrailView Trail Details

    12 Reviews

    Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

    •  5.1 miles

    Mount Mitchell Trail is a hiking trail in Yancey County, North Carolina. It is within Mount Mitchell State Park. It is 5.1 miles long and begins ...

  • Uwharrie National ForestView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form ...

  • Gregory Bald Overnight LoopView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    •  3 days
    •  15.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike combines the best that the high and low country have to offer. First, you'll travel up the Twentymile Trail past Twentymile Cascades ...

  • Lake James — Shortoff Mountain TrailView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Psst! Put down that trail guide telling you that the way to get to the best view of Linville Gorge is via a strenuous 11.2-mile march. I’ve got ...

  • Chasteen Creek TrailView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    •  4.1 miles

    Chasteen Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.1 ...

  • Graveyard Fields Loop TrailView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    •  1.1 miles

    Graveyard Fields Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 1.1 miles long and begins ...

  • Appalachian TrailView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    •  33.4 miles

    Appalachian Trail is a hiking and horse trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 33.4 miles ...

  • Grandfather Mountain State Park and AttractionView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1.8-7 miles
    •  Guide

    Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned by noted North Carolinian ...

  • Crowders Mountain Access RoadView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Ridgeline Trail, NC

    •  1.9 miles

    Crowders Mountain Access Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Gastonia, North Carolina. It is within Ridgeline Trail. It is 1.9 miles ...

  • Signal HillView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Statesville, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  30 to 45 minutes
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an excellent singletrack playground, particularly considering that it’s 1 minute off the interstate. The builders have made excellent ...

  • Umstead ParkView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  16.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained gravel ...

  • Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower AccessView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    •  0.0 miles

    Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • Clingmans Dome Bypass TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    •  0.5 miles

    Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.5 miles ...

  • Shining Creek PathView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Shining Rock Wilderness, NC

    •  4.0 miles

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. It is 4.0 miles long ...

  • Mount Pisgah TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    •  2.1 miles

    Mount Pisgah Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 4,982 ...

  • Stone Mountain Loop TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Stone Mountain State Park, NC

    •  2.6 miles

    Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is within Stone Mountain State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and ...

  • Hanging Rock TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Stokes County, NC

    •  1.2 miles

    Hanging Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Stokes County, North Carolina. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 1,705 feet altitude. Traveling the ...

  • Cat Gap LoopView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Ducktown, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    With a name like “Cat Gap,” this is a trail you just have to hike with your dog. Though cats are actually not likely to cross this path, the ...

  • Cades CoveView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year, and almost every one of them takes the 11-mile ...

  • Thompson Loop ConnectorView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Graham County, NC

    •  0.4 miles

    Thompson Loop Connector is a hiking trail in Graham County, North Carolina. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 2,045 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • Hobby ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail has got it all: huge berms, rock gardens, streams, big logs, pyramids, a serious drop through a rock and log-infested erosion gully, ...

  • Tsali - Right LoopView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Dillsboro, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1 to 2.5 hours
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Right Loop is an excellent aerobic trail, where you can just cruise. It is also an aerialist’s paradise with lots of dips for small bunny ...

  • Big Fork Ridge TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    •  3.1 miles

    Big Fork Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.1 ...

  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Robbinsville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1-2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3,800-acre tract now combined with the Slickrock Wilderness to form a wild and wildly popular area in the ...

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