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.

  • #1 Linville Falls Trail

    28 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 ...

  • #2 Lake Wylie (NC / SC Border)

    1 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Short Take: 12,455 acres; river-type lake filled with underwater stumps, boat docks, long points, excellent structure, no ...

  • #3 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. ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 Eno River Area

    1 Reviews

    Durham, NC

    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 ...
    •  0.5-8 miles
    •  Guide

    The rippling Eno River winds for 33 miles from its headwaters in Orange County to Falls Lake in Wake County. Two state parcels ...

  • #6 Lake Norman

    0 Reviews

    Mooresville, NC

    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 ...
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    Short Take: 32,500 acres; large tributary creeks with points and coves, boat docks, underwater ridges, good upriver cover ...

  • #7 Elk River Falls Trail

    1 Reviews

    Elk Park, NC

    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. ...
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This short waterfall hike is tucked into an isolated tract of Pisgah National Forest near Tennessee. Area trailheads have ...

  • #8 William B. Umstead State Park

    2 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    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 ...
    •  0.6-9 miles
    •  Guide

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, ...

  • #9 Fishing on Cape Lookout National Seashore

    1 Reviews

    Harkers Island, NC

    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. ...
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    Surf fishing is legendary at North and South Core Banks. Every spring and fall hordes of anglers junket to Cape Lookout National ...

  • #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 Fishing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    0 Reviews

    Buxton, NC

    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. ...
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    Fishing is to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as surfing is to Hawaii, horseracing is to Kentucky, and eating is to New Orleans: ...

  • #12 Lost Cove Area

    0 Reviews

    Collettsville, NC

    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, ...
    •  1-7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The 5,954-acre Lost Cove and 7,350-acre Harper Creek tracts are wilderness study areas in what’s often called the Wilson ...

  • #13 Cape Lookout National Seashore

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NC

    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 ...
    •  1.5-3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Established in 1966, Cape Lookout National Seashore protects the southern Outer Banks, one of the few remaining natural barrier- ...

  • #14 Hazel Creek Trail

    1 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Hazel Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 11.1 miles long and begins at 1,727 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  11.1 miles

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

  • #15 Raleigh Greenway

    1 Reviews

    Lake Johnson Park, NC

    Raleigh Greenway is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within Lake Johnson Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 292 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 ...
    •  0.9 miles

    Raleigh Greenway is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within Lake Johnson Park. It is 0.9 miles ...

  • #16 Price Lake Trail (Milepost 297.2)

    0 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    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 ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A great lakeside loop circles the Parkway’s largest body of water. An out-and-back walk here is Price Park’s second TRACK ...

  • #17 Hyatt Ridge Trail

    0 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Hyatt Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 2,934 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  4.4 miles

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

  • #18 Hanging Rock Trail

    0 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. ...