This list represents the most popular hiking in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina hiking 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 Uwharrie National Forest
Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s ...
#3 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 ...
#4 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 ...
#5 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 ...
#6 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 ...
#7 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 ...
#8 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 ...
#9 Duke Forest
In the 1920s, Duke Forest was formed from farms and woods to buffer the developing campus of Duke University. Clarence F. ...
#10 Mount LeConte via The Boulevard
Bryson City, NC
If you have to choose only one hike in the Smokies, this would be a good choice. It gives you nearly everything the park ...
#11 Cat Gap Loop
With a name like “Cat Gap,” this is a trail you just have to hike with your dog. Though cats are actually not likely to cross ...
#12 Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park is a wooded, hilly area where more than 30 miles of trails wander over and between modest mountains. ...
#13 Chimney Rock State Park
Like the bulk of Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock State Park is a once-privately owned commercial natural area that has ...
#14 Fontana Loop
If you like a combination of mountains and lakes, this moderate hike is for you and any younger or inexperienced backpackers ...
#15 Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
Graveyard Fields Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 1.1 ...
#16 American Tobacco Trail
If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The ...
#17 Art Loeb Trail
Pisgah Forest, NC
Like ridgeline hiking? Then you’ll love the 30 mile Art Loeb Trail, all but about 5 miles of which follows a ridge. The trail ...
#18 Raven Rock State Park — Campbell Creek Loop Trail
Raven Rock State Park is best known for its namesake rock face, a massive bluff that towers 150 feet above the Cape Fear ...
#19 Appalachian Trail — Three Bald Hike
What is it about a Southern Appalachian bald that is so alluring? Is it the mystery of how they came to be? Is it the fact ...
#20 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3,800-acre tract now combined with the Slickrock Wilderness to form a wild and wildly ...
Peaceful and relaxing, easy and flat and easily accessible