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 Blowing Rock: The Glen Burney Trail View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    •  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 waterfalls. This ...

  • #2 Asheville Trails View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    •  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 visitors enter ...

  • #3 Greensboro Trails View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Greensboro, NC

    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

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

  • #4 Deep Creek Trail View Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #5 Lake Crabtree County Park Mtb Trails View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Morrisville, NC

    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Crabtree County Park Mtb Trails is a hiking and biking trail in Cary, North Carolina. It is within Crabtree Park. It is 0.4 miles long and ...

  • #6 Bald Eagle Trail View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Summerfield, NC

    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Bald Eagle Trail is a hiking trail in Guilford County, North Carolina. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 809 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...

  • #7 Sal's Branch Trail View Trail Details

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    Morrisville, NC

    •  60 to 90 minutes
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Sal's Branch Trail is a hiking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within William B. Umstead State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins ...

  • #8 Sal's Branch Trail View Trail Details

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    Morrisville, NC

    •  60 to 90 minutes
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Sal's Branch Trail is a hiking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within William B. Umstead State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins ...

  • #9 Sal's Branch Trail View Trail Details

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    Morrisville, NC

    •  60 to 90 minutes
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Sal's Branch Trail is a hiking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within William B. Umstead State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins ...

  • #10 Laurel Bluff Out-and-Back View Trail Details

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    Summerfield, NC

    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Laurel Bluff Trail is widely regarded as one of Greensboro’s most scenic watershed trails. It certainly offers varied habitats. The hiker-only ...

  • #11 Hagen-Stone Park: Chatfield Trail Loop View Trail Details

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    Pleasant Garden, NC

    •  3.4 miles
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    The Chatfield Trail loops around the entirety of Hagan- Stone Park. It begins as a lakeside singletrack path then travels along a babbling stream ...

  • #12 McAlpine Creek Greenway View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Matthews, NC

    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    McAlpine Creek Park is a wonderful place for the urban hiker to explore level dirt trails and granular greenways that weave through wooded areas, ...

  • #13 Shelley Lake–Sertoma Park View Trail Details

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    Raleigh, NC

    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This paved loop trail is a wonderful way to enjoy nature without venturing too far from civilization. The loop takes you on a stroll around 53-acre ...

  • #14 Secret Creek Trail to Lake Access Road View Trail Details

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    Wake Forest, NC

    •  45 to 60 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This quick hike takes you through the highlights of Durant Nature Park in less than a mile. Begin with a stroll on the banks of Secret Creek, ...

  • #15 Lake Johnson Park View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cary, NC

    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike begins with an easy wooded walk around the western side of Lake Johnson, then strikes out on a paved path to tour the eastern side. ...

  • #16 Laurel Cliffs Nature Trail View Trail Details

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    Durham, NC

    •  20 to 30 minutes
    •  0.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This short self-guided nature hike offers an introduction to some of the region’s most important plant species. The trail begins with a wooded ...

  • #17 Blue Jay Point County Park View Trail Details

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    Wake Forest, NC

    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop trail begins with a self-guided interpretive hike, then strikes out for the shore of Falls Lake. Follow the lakeside, stopping for ...

  • #18 Johnston Mill Nature Preserve View Trail Details

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    Chapel Hill, NC

    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
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    This former homestead area is predominantly flat, with a series of bluffs as you head south. The bluffs can be bypassed for an easier hike, but ...

  • #19 Historic Yates Mill County Park View Trail Details

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    Raleigh, NC

    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Yates Mill Park is one of the most pristine parks in the region and is home to a breathtaking diversity of plant and animal species. Begin your ...

  • #20 Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Apex, NC

    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This beautiful preserve in southern Cary is one of the few places where you can see mountain plant species in the Piedmont. Begin your hike with ...

  • #21 Ridge Trail to North River Trail View Trail Details

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    Rougemont, NC

    •  3 hours
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike features a moderate uphill climb that passes through different stages of forest succession, changing from young pine forests in the ...

  • #22 Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail View Trail Details

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    Durham, NC

    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    At the Pump Station access to Eno River State Park, you can explore the ruins of Durham’s first pump station, then take a long walk along the ...