North Carolina - Outdoor Activities

North Carolina has approximately 2,934 trails, including 1,961 hiking trails and 1,180 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 290 miles in length. The most popular trails are Mount Mitchell Trail, Chasteen Creek Trail and Linville Falls Trail. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in North Carolina was Mary W. who completed White Oak River.

  • Linville Falls Trail

    29 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    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 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  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 ...

  • Mount Mitchell Trail

    13 Reviews

    Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

    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 at 6,630 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  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 ...

  • Uwharrie National Forest

    11 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form a figure eight that, when linked with forest roads ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

    10 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    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 at 5,135 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  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 ...

  • Gregory Bald Overnight Loop

    10 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    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 to the Upper Flats streamside camp. Then an arduous ...
    •  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 ...

  • Lake James — Shortoff Mountain Trail

    10 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    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 a shortcut that’ll get you there in about 2 miles. ...
    •  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 ...

  • Chasteen Creek Trail

    9 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    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 miles long and begins at 2,370 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  4.1 miles

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

  • Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction

    8 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned by noted North Carolinian Hugh Morton, Grandfather has become synonymous ...
    •  1.8-7 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Appalachian Trail

    8 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    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 long and begins at 6,600 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  33.4 miles

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

  • Crowders Mountain Access Road

    7 Reviews

    Ridgeline Trail, NC

    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 long and begins at 892 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  1.9 miles

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

  • Signal Hill

    7 Reviews

    Statesville, NC

    This is an excellent singletrack playground, particularly considering that it’s 1 minute off the interstate. The builders have made excellent use of a limited space with a trail that twists and ...
    •  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 ...

  • Umstead Park

    6 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    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 Forest Service roads throughout this thick patch ...
    •  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 ...

  • Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access

    6 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 139 feet long and begins at 6,621 feet altitude. ...
    •  0.0 miles

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

  • Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail

    6 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    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 long and begins at 6,479 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  0.5 miles

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

  • Shining Creek Path

    6 Reviews

    Shining Rock Wilderness, NC

    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 and begins at 3,382 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.0 miles

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

  • Mount Pisgah Trail

    6 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    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 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  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 ...

  • Stone Mountain Loop Trail

    6 Reviews

    Stone Mountain State Park, NC

    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 begins at 1,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  2.6 miles

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

  • Hanging Rock Trail

    6 Reviews

    Stokes County, NC

    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 entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  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. ...

  • Cat Gap Loop

    6 Reviews

    Ducktown, NC

    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 Cat Gap Loop is riddled with water in the form of ...
    •  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 ...

  • Cades Cove

    5 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    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 paved Cades Cove Loop Road, either motor or non-motorized ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Thompson Loop Connector

    5 Reviews

    Graham County, NC

    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 the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  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 ...

  • Craggy Pinnacle Trail

    5 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.5 miles ...

  • Hobby Park

    5 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    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, and a climb that gives you the option of lung-busting ...
    •  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 ...

  • Tsali - Right Loop

    5 Reviews

    Dillsboro, NC

    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 hops and mondo water bars on the downhills for major ...
    •  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 ...

  • Deep Creek Trail

    5 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Deep Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 12.1 miles long and begins at 4,760 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  12.1 miles

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

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