Best Trail Running in North Carolina

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

  • #1 Linville Falls Trail

    29 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 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 ...

  • #3 Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

    10 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    Graveyard Fields Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 5,135 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  1.1 miles

    Graveyard Fields Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 1.1 ...

  • #4 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. ...

  • #5 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 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,541 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  4.1 miles

    Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is within Stone Mountain State Park. It ...

  • #6 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. ...

  • #7 Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail

    7 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    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 long and begins at 6,479 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  0.5 miles

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

  • #8 Mount Pisgah Trail

    6 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    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 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  2.1 miles

    Mount Pisgah Trail is a hiking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 2.1 miles ...

  • #9 Blowing Rock: The Glen Burney Trail

    1 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    The Glen Burney Trail makes it easy to wander away from your lodging on quaint village streets to virgin timber and tumbling waterfalls. This trail has been in use since the earliest days of ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Glen Burney Trail makes it easy to wander away from your lodging on quaint village streets to virgin timber and tumbling ...

  • #10 Deep Creek Trail

    5 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Deep Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 12.1 miles long and begins at 4,760 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  12.1 miles

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

  • #11 Shining Creek Path

    6 Reviews

    Shining Rock Wilderness, NC

    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 and begins at 3,382 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.0 miles

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

  • #12 Asheville Trails

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    Any hiker in North Carolina, especially a mountain-lover, eventually gets to hip, happenin’ Asheville. More Blue Ridge Parkway visitors enter and exit the road in Asheville than at any other ...
    •  1.7-3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Any hiker in North Carolina, especially a mountain-lover, eventually gets to hip, happenin’ Asheville. More Blue Ridge Parkway ...

  • #13 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
    •  Guide

    Greensboro’s Lake Brandt watershed is unique in a state where many reservoirs are subdivision sites for million-dollar McMansions. ...

  • #14 Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access

    7 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Clingmans Dome Lookout Tower Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 139 feet long and begins at 6,621 feet altitude. ...
    •  0.0 miles

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

  • #15 Clingmans Dome Trail

    3 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    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 and begins at 6,306 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  0.6 miles

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

  • #16 Big Creek Trail

    3 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Big Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 1,735 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  5.2 miles

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

  • #17 Craggy Pinnacle Trail

    5 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.5 miles ...

  • #18 Laurel River Trail

    4 Reviews

    Madison County, NC

    Laurel River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, North Carolina. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,586 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Laurel River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, North Carolina. It is 0.5 miles long and begins ...

  • #19 Graybeard Trail

    4 Reviews

    Montreat, NC

    Graybeard Trail is a hiking trail in Montreat, North Carolina. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 3,228 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 315 ...
    •  0.4 miles

    Graybeard Trail is a hiking trail in Montreat, North Carolina. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 3,228 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • #20 Bent Creek Trail

    4 Reviews

    Buncombe County, NC

    Bent Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,034 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with ...
    •  2.1 miles

    Bent Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.1 miles long and begins ...