Best Birding in North Carolina

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

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 The Boone Area-Boone Greenway

    1 Reviews

    Boone, NC

    The fully accessible paved trail is mostly flat as it follows and crosses the South Fork of the New River through open meadows and colorful forests to and the sound of rippling water. There’s ...
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The fully accessible paved trail is mostly flat as it follows and crosses the South Fork of the New River through open meadows ...

  • #3 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. ...

  • #4 Charlotte Trails

    0 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department boasts a diverse system of trails, with 37 miles of greenways and nature preserves with singletrack trails. This award-winning county ...
    •  1-8 miles
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    The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department boasts a diverse system of trails, with 37 miles of greenways and ...

  • #5 High Point Trails

    3 Reviews

    High Point, NC

    These trails near High Point Lake are good, close-to-home places to enjoy nature. Sections of the trails wander through quiet pine forests carpeted with running cedar. Other stretches at times ...
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    These trails near High Point Lake are good, close-to-home places to enjoy nature. Sections of the trails wander through quiet ...

  • #6 Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Ritter Park, and Swift Creek Bluffs

    0 Reviews

    Cary, NC

    Hemlock Bluffs is a state nature preserve that is managed by the Town of Cary through a lease arrangement with the state of North Carolina. The bluffs, which harbor a disjunct population of Eastern ...
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    Hemlock Bluffs is a state nature preserve that is managed by the Town of Cary through a lease arrangement with the state ...

  • #7 Green Swamp Preserve and Lake Waccamaw State Park

    0 Reviews

    Bolton, NC

    The Green Swamp Preserve is of national significance in botanical circles. It lies within the highly restricted native range of the Venus flytrap and hosts the highest diversity of carnivorous ...
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    The Green Swamp Preserve is of national significance in botanical circles. It lies within the highly restricted native range ...

  • #8 Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

    2 Reviews

    Manteo, NC

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 152,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge consists primarily of wet swamp forest and pocosin with smaller areas ...
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    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 152,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge ...

  • #9 Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam

    1 Reviews

    Waynesville, NC

    This area offers superb high-elevation birding, with excellent opportunities for some of the more sought-after species in North Carolina, including Peregrine Falcon, Alder Flycatcher, and Northern ...
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    This area offers superb high-elevation birding, with excellent opportunities for some of the more sought-after species in ...

  • #10 Greensboro Trails

    1 Reviews

    Greensboro, NC

    Greensboro’s Lake Brandt watershed is unique in a state where many reservoirs are subdivision sites for million-dollar McMansions. At least for now, there’s a relative lack of development and ...
    •  several options miles
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    Greensboro’s Lake Brandt watershed is unique in a state where many reservoirs are subdivision sites for million-dollar McMansions. ...

  • #11 Salem Lake Trail

    3 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    Salem Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 811 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.1 miles with a total ...
    •  7.1 miles
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    Salem Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at ...

  • #12 Riverbend Park and Lower Lake Hickory

    0 Reviews

    Hickory, NC

    Riverbend Park is a 400-acre park owned and operated by Catawba County. It includes a mile of shoreline on the Catawba River just below Lake Hickory. Habitats: Pine forest, mixed hardwood-pine, ...
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    Riverbend Park is a 400-acre park owned and operated by Catawba County. It includes a mile of shoreline on the Catawba River ...

  • #13 Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

    2 Reviews

    Hatteras, NC

    Located midway on the Atlantic Flyway, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier birding areas of the Atlantic Coast, with over 350 bird species documented. The refuge includes ...
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    Located midway on the Atlantic Flyway, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier birding areas of the Atlantic ...

  • #14 Bald Head Island

    0 Reviews

    Southport, NC

    Environmentalists balk at being too positive about upscale private islands, but Bald Head is a rarity. The exclusive resort is flanked by an extensive, well-preserved virgin forest of trees ...
    •  0.4-0.6 miles
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    Environmentalists balk at being too positive about upscale private islands, but Bald Head is a rarity. The exclusive resort ...

  • #15 Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    0 Reviews

    Nags Head, NC

    North Carolina’s Outer Banks are among the top island destinations in the East. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first such seaside park in the nation, makes up the bulk of this 80-mile island ...
    •  0.3-5 miles
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    North Carolina’s Outer Banks are among the top island destinations in the East. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first ...

  • #16 Moses Cone and Julian Price Memorial Parks

    0 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    Moses Cone Memorial Park was formed from the estate of textile magnate Moses Cone and includes 25 miles of 2 percent grade carriage trails and the manor house, which is now a craft center. Moses ...
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    Moses Cone Memorial Park was formed from the estate of textile magnate Moses Cone and includes 25 miles of 2 percent grade ...

  • #17 Amphibolite Mountains and Elk Knob Game Land and State Natural Area

    0 Reviews

    Boone, NC

    The Amphibolite Mountains of northwestern North Carolina form a large chain containing some ten peaks stretching from Rich Mountain near Boone in the south to Mount Jefferson and Phoenix Mountain ...
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    The Amphibolite Mountains of northwestern North Carolina form a large chain containing some ten peaks stretching from Rich ...

  • #18 Winston-Salem Trails

    0 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    Woodsy trails and colonial roads make Historic Bethabara Park a nationally significant place to go history hiking. Any visitor to this park will check out the restored buildings (tours are ...
    •  0.6-9.6 miles
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    Woodsy trails and colonial roads make Historic Bethabara Park a nationally significant place to go history hiking. Any ...

  • #19 Croatan National Forest

    0 Reviews

    New Bern, NC

    These 160,000 acres are administered by the U.S. Forest Service. In addition to extensive birding opportunities, visitors can enjoy a diversity of wildlife and plant life. Habitats: Pine forest, ...
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    These 160,000 acres are administered by the U.S. Forest Service. In addition to extensive birding opportunities, visitors ...

  • #20 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Area

    0 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    McDowell Nature Preserve, encompassing over 1,100 acres, contains relatively large expanses of various second-growth forest habitats in a variety of successional stages. The preserve contains ...
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    McDowell Nature Preserve, encompassing over 1,100 acres, contains relatively large expanses of various second-growth forest ...