Best Cross-Country Skiing in North Carolina

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

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#1. Beech Mountain Ski Resort


North Carolina’s biggest alpine resort sits 5,505 feet above sea level on a windy knob of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Beech’s towering altitude affords striking views into both…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Beech Mountain, NC - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Roan Mountain


Roan Mountain has two major summits, both just under 6,290 feet, but the massive ridge that extends to the northeast comprises a massif known as the Roan Highlands. Roan Mountain State Park, just belo…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Bakersville, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 1-7.5 miles
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#3. Appalachian Ski Mountain Resort


Appalachian is located a few miles from Boone and is equidistant from nearby alpine giants Beech and Sugar Mountains. The resort was designed with families and large groups in mind, and caters to all…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts BestCross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Julian Price Memorial Park


Julian Price Memorial Park is one of the scenic high points of the Blue Ridge Park-way. Its 4,200 acres contain a golden 47-acre lake, the Parkway’s second-largest picnic area, and its largest campgro…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1.4-4.9 miles
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#5. Linville Falls Recreation Area


Surrounded by one of those periodic bulges in the narrow corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls is the high road’s biggest waterfall (by volume of water). This oft-photographed cataract gu…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Linville Falls, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.5-2 miles
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#6. Moses Cone Memorial Park


More than 25 miles of road-width carriage paths wander lightly on the land, creating easy avenues for carefree strolls. At times, they corkscrew mysteriously—one section is called The Maze. These path…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing - 0.8-6.6 miles
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#7. Cataloochee Ski Area


North Carolina’s oldest ski area began operating in 1961 when Cataloochee Ranch owner Tom Alexander converted his isolated, mile-high pasture-land peak into a small alpine facility on Moody Top Mounta…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Maggie Valley, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#8. Sugar Mountain Ski Area


Sugar Mountain couples with nearby Beech Mountain to form the two major players in the limited scheme of downhill skiing below West Virginia. A few years after its inception in 1969 as a four-seasons…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Banner Elk, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#9. Flat Rock Self-Guiding Loop-Milepost 308.3


An educational trail with natural history interpretive signs as well as sighting devices to help identify noteworthy nearby summits; good distant views. Here’s a rare hike—one not to miss for serious…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Linville, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.7 mile
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#10. Wolf Laurel Ski Area


Just over the eastern tip of Tennessee and directly off the Appalachian Trail lies Wolf Laurel—a mom-and-pop ski area serving nearby Asheville; Knoxville, Tennessee; and surrounding locales. The newes…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Mars Hill, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#11. Linville Falls Recreation Area-Milepost 316.4


Surrounded by one of those periodic bulges in the narrow corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls is the high road’s biggest waterfall (by volume of water). This oft-photographed cataract gu…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Linville Falls, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.25-2 miles
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#12. Julian Price Memorial Park-Mileposts 295.9-297.2


Julian Price Memorial Park is one of the scenic high points of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Its 4,200 acres contain a golden 47-acre lake, the Parkway’s second-largest picnic area, and its largest campgrou…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.1-4.9 miles
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#13. Hagen-Stone Park: Chatfield Trail Loop


The Chatfield Trail loops around the entirety of Hagan- Stone Park. It begins as a lakeside singletrack path then travels along a babbling stream before making higher ground. It descends to cross one…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Greensboro and Winston-Salem"
Pleasant Garden, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 3.4 miles
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#14. Trout Lake Loop and Rich Mountain Carriage Road (Milepost 294.6)


Unlike popular Bass Lake, with its grassy banks and deciduous trees, Trout Lake—its shores covered in a forest of towering hemlocks—is far less visited. This is also a great starting point for a long…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1-6.6 miles
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#15. Price Lake Trail (Milepost 297.2)


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 Trail fro…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway"
Blowing Rock, NC - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking - 2.5 miles
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