Best Fishing in North Carolina

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

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#1. Hanging Rock State Park


Easily accessible from Piedmont cities, Hanging Rock State Park is an eyeful for flatland-weary hikers. The small collection of summits clusters together, forming a high bowl around a pristine lake. T…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Danbury, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 0.7-5 miles Best Trail in nc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Linville Gorge Wilderness


A 12,000-acre tract of designated wilderness, Linville Gorge lies between Jonas Ridge to the east and Linville Mountain to the west. The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the head of the gorge on the northwes…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Linville, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 0.2-9 miles
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#3. Lake Wylie (NC / SC Border)


Short Take: 12,455 acres; river-type lake filled with underwater stumps, boat docks, long points, excellent structure, no vegetation. If there is a “mystery lake” in the South, the title should probab…
From the guidebook "America's Best Bass Fishing"
Charlotte, NC - Fishing BestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Stone Mountain State Park


Stone Mountain State Park is a more than 14,000-acre parcel that combines the park’s namesake summit below the Blue Ridge Parkway and a 370-acre satellite tract above the Parkway on Bullhead Mountain…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Elkin, NC - Climbing, Fishing, Hiking - 1-6 miles
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#5. Eno River Area


The rippling Eno River winds for 33 miles from its headwaters in Orange County to Falls Lake in Wake County. Two state parcels offer access. One, Eno River State Park, focuses on the river; the other,…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Durham, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 0.5-8 miles
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#6. Elk River Falls Trail


This short waterfall hike is tucked into an isolated tract of Pisgah National Forest near Tennessee. Area trailheads have had vehicle break-ins, so don’t leave anything of value in your car. This ye…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Elk Park, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 0.5 mile
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#7. Lake Norman


Short Take: 32,500 acres; large tributary creeks with points and coves, boat docks, underwater ridges, good upriver cover with current. If the bass fishermen on Lake Norman seem to fish faster than us…
From the guidebook "America's Best Bass Fishing"
Mooresville, NC - Fishing
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#8. William B. Umstead State Park


The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, mountain biking, and foot traffic (labeled “MUT” on the map). Three lakes allow…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Raleigh, NC - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 0.6-9 miles
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#9. Fishing on Cape Lookout National Seashore


Surf fishing is legendary at North and South Core Banks. Every spring and fall hordes of anglers junket to Cape Lookout National Seashore with vehicles, gear, friends, and high hopes in tow. In these…
From the guidebook "Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores"
Harkers Island, NC - Fishing
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#10. Fishing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Fishing is to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as surfing is to Hawaii, horseracing is to Kentucky, and eating is to New Orleans: You do it there because it’s the absolute best place to do it. The Oute…
From the guidebook "Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores"
Buxton, NC - Fishing
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#11. Greensboro Trails


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 a growi…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Greensboro, NC - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Trail Running - Several options
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#12. Raleigh Trails


These are exciting times in Raleigh. With about 40 new miles of trail added in five years, the city and its greenway-loving residents are putting the finishing touches on a 117-mile system of greenw…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Raleigh, NC - Fishing, Hiking - Several options
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#13. Hazel Creek and Bone Valley


All of this hike is on old roads, and the first 5 miles or so aren’t much different from walking any of the drivable dirt roads in the park. If you’re looking to hike a true trail, this hike will dis…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Fontana Dam, NC - Backpacking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 15.4 miles
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#14. Lost Cove Area


The 5,954-acre Lost Cove and 7,350-acre Harper Creek tracts are wilderness study areas in what’s often called the Wilson Creek drainage of Pisgah National Forest. Lying below Grandfather Mountain, bet…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Collettsville, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 1-7.5 miles
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#15. Cape Lookout National Seashore


Established in 1966, Cape Lookout National Seashore protects the southern Outer Banks, one of the few remaining natural barrier- island ecosystems in the world. The park comprises three major islands…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Portsmouth, NC - Fishing, Hiking - 1.5-3.4 miles
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#16. Hyatt Ridge


Located in the remote Straight Fork section of the park, this “hidden gem” packs a big punch, especially for wildflower lovers. The best part is that you might have the entire hike to yourself. Rela…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Cherokee, NC - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9.4 miles
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#17. Price Lake Trail (Milepost 297.2)


A great lakeside loop circles the Parkway’s largest body of water. An out-and-back walk here is Price Park’s second TRACK Trail for hikers (the other is nearby at the start of the Boone Fork Trail fro…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking - 2.5 miles
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