Best Trails of North Carolina

This list represents the most popular trails in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Black Mountain Campground View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Burnsville, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    Black Mountain Campground has been around a long time. Over the years it has been well maintained. Now it is like an antique, treasured by families ...

  • #2 Uwharrie National Forest View 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 ...

  • #3 Mount Mitchell Trail View Trail Details

    12 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    •  0.8-11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #4 Lake James — Shortoff Mountain Trail View 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 ...

  • #5 Chasteen Creek Trail View Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    •  8.75 hours
    •  17.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #6 Rocky Bluff Campground View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Hot Springs, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    While heading into the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area, I found it hard to believe there was a campground down there. The road dipped into very hilly ...

  • #7 Gregory Bald Overnight Loop View 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 ...

  • #8 Carolina Beach State Park View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Carolina Beach, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    This area of the Carolinas certainly has some amazing natural attributes, but the most unusual of all may be the Venus flytrap. Perhaps you have ...

  • #9 Lake James State Park View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Lake James, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    Lake James, fed by the fine waters of the Pisgah River, is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Carolinas. It also has some of the best ...

  • #10 Umstead Park View 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 ...

  • #11 Linville Falls Trail View Trail Details

    26 Reviews

    Linville Falls, NC

    •  0.2-9 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #12 Crowders Mountain Access Road View Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    •  1-8 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #13 Crowders Trail View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    •  1-8 miles
    •  Guide

    Crowders Trail is a hiking trail in Gastonia, North Carolina. It is within Ridgeline Trail. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 917 feet altitude. ...

  • #14 Lake Powhatan Campground View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    Fake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, being so close ...

  • #15 Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction View 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 ...

  • #16 Badin Lake Campground View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Badin Lake, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to reach Badin Lake Campground. Most of them take a lot of twists and turns, but ...

  • #17 Camping on Cape Hatteras National Seashore View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Buxton, NC

    • Campgrounds 
    •  Guide

    Camping is the logical extension of any outdoor experience, and it’s the best way to get deeper into the nature of the Outer Banks. Sleeping ...

  • #18 Yadkin River View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Wilkesboro, NC

    • Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing 
    •  147.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Yadkin River begins at an elevation above 3,600 feet near Blowing Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It flows southeast ...

  • #19 Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 299.9-305.1 View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Linville, 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, Grandfather has become ...

  • #20 Hanging Rock Trail View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Danbury, NC

    •  0.7-5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #21 Hanging Rock Trail View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Danbury, NC

    •  0.7-5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #22 Pilot Mountain State Park View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Pinnacle, NC

    •  0.3-6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this state or any other. ...