Best Hiking in North Carolina

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 Uwharrie National Forest View Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form ...

  • #2 Mount Mitchell Trail View Trail Details

    12 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    •  0.8-11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #3 Lake James — Shortoff Mountain Trail View Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 march. I’ve got ...

  • #4 Chasteen Creek Trail View Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    •  8.75 hours
    •  17.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Chasteen Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.1 ...

  • #5 Gregory Bald Overnight Loop View Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    •  3 days
    •  15.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike combines the best that the high and low country have to offer. First, you'll travel up the Twentymile Trail past Twentymile Cascades ...

  • #6 Linville Falls Trail View Trail Details

    26 Reviews

    Linville Falls, NC

    •  0.2-9 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #7 Crowders Mountain Access Road View Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    •  1-8 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #8 Crowders Trail View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    •  1-8 miles
    •  Guide

    Crowders Trail is a hiking trail in Gastonia, North Carolina. It is within Ridgeline Trail. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 917 feet altitude. ...

  • #9 Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction View Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  1.8-7 miles
    •  Guide

    Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned by noted North Carolinian ...

  • #10 Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 299.9-305.1 View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  1.8-7 miles
    •  Guide

    Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction, Grandfather has become ...

  • #11 Hanging Rock Trail View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Danbury, NC

    •  0.7-5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #12 Hanging Rock Trail View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Danbury, NC

    •  0.7-5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #13 Pilot Mountain State Park View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Pinnacle, NC

    •  0.3-6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this state or any other. ...

  • #14 Mount LeConte via The Boulevard View Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  7 hours
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    If you have to choose only one hike in the Smokies, this would be a good choice. It gives you nearly everything the park is famous for, and by ...

  • #15 Shining Creek Path View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Canton, NC

    •  0.8-12.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. It is 4.0 miles long ...

  • #16 Linville Falls Trail View Trail Details

    26 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    •  0.2-9 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #17 Mount Pisgah Trail View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Canton, NC

    •  1.6-12 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Pisgah Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 4,982 ...

  • #18 Morrow Mountain State Park View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  0.8-5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Morrow Mountain State Park is a wooded, hilly area where more than 30 miles of trails wander over and between modest mountains. That means these ...

  • #19 Chimney Rock State Park View Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  0.7-1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Like the bulk of Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock State Park is a once-privately owned commercial natural area that has become a state park. ...

  • #20 Fontana Loop View Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    • Hiking 
    •  12 hours
    •  21.5 miles
    •  Guide

    If you like a combination of mountains and lakes, this moderate hike is for you and any younger or inexperienced backpackers you may wish to ...

  • #21 Linville Falls Trail View Trail Details

    26 Reviews

    Linville Falls, NC

    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #22 Clingmans Dome Trail View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    •  2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Clingmans Dome Trail is a hiking trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.6 miles long ...

  • #23 Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    •  2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • #24 Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    •  2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.5 miles ...