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 Linville Falls Trail
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 ...
#2 Black Mountain Campground
Black Mountain Campground has been around a long time. Over the years it has been well maintained. Now it is like an antique, ...
#3 Uwharrie National Forest
Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s ...
#4 Lake James — Shortoff Mountain Trail
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 ...
#5 Rocky Bluff Campground
Hot Springs, NC
While heading into the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area, I found it hard to believe there was a campground down there. The road ...
#6 Lake James State Park
Lake James, NC
Lake James, fed by the fine waters of the Pisgah River, is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Carolinas. It also ...
#7 Gregory Bald Overnight Loop
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 ...
#8 Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction
Blowing Rock, NC
Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned ...
#9 Carolina Beach State Park
Carolina Beach, NC
This area of the Carolinas certainly has some amazing natural attributes, but the most unusual of all may be the Venus flytrap. ...
#10 Badin Lake Campground
Badin Lake, NC
Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to reach Badin Lake Campground. Most of them take a lot of ...
#11 Umstead Park
If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained ...
#12 Yadkin River
The Yadkin River begins at an elevation above 3,600 feet near Blowing Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. ...
#13 Lake Powhatan Campground
Fake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, ...
#14 Camping on Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Camping is the logical extension of any outdoor experience, and it’s the best way to get deeper into the nature of the Outer ...
#15 Mount Mitchell Trail
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 ...
#16 Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 299.9-305.1
Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction, Grandfather ...
#17 Pilot Mountain State Park
New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this ...
#18 Cape Fear River
The Cape Fear River is formed by the confluence of the Haw and Deep Rivers, near Moncure and Haywood, 10 miles northeast ...
#19 Duke Forest
In the 1920s, Duke Forest was formed from farms and woods to buffer the developing campus of Duke University. Clarence F. ...
#20 Lake Powhatan Campground
Lake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, ...
Peaceful and relaxing, easy and flat and easily accessible