North Carolina (NC) Hiking Trails

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North Carolina (NC) hiking offers the outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of terrains to explore, from the mountains in the west, through the Piedmont, to the beaches in the east.

Eastern North Carolina provides plenty of coastal hiking opportunities with trails meandering along beautiful beaches and towering sand dunes. Croatan National Forest, the only coastal National Forest in the east, allows hikers to enjoy its pristine beauty as paths wind under coastal tree canopy. Central North Carolina has plenty to offer as well with the rolling hills and low mountain ridges of the Piedmont area. Plenty of trails can be found within the Uwharrie National Forest, where hikers can enjoy paths that follow secluded lakes and streams in the forest's vast wilderness.

Western North Carolina (WNC) is a popular area for many outdoor recreationists with the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains so close by. Nantahala National Forest, in Southwest N. Carolina, leads hikers along wooded hikes in the Nantahala Gorge and near the Nantahala River where the river's rapids churn. WNC's Pisgah National Forest is also a popular destination with plenty of trails leading through old growth forests. Easy and strenuous hikes alike are available, many passing cascading waterfalls or pristine creeks and streams throughout Pisgah's secluded wilderness. Also look for convenient hikes near cities like Charlotte, Asheville, Wilmington, and Raleigh.
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NameCityRatingState
Duke Forest Durham North Carolina
Daniel Boone Scout Trail Blowing Rock North Carolina
Northwood High Point North Carolina
Kitsuma Black Mountain North Carolina
Dupont State Forest Brevard North Carolina
Daniel Ridge Brevard North Carolina
Black Mountain Brevard North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North Carolina Cherokee North Carolina
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Clingman's Dome Bryson City
Appalachian Trail 010: Wallace Gap to Wayah Gap Franklin North Carolina
Table Rock Linville North Carolina
Colbert Ridge #178 Burnsville North Carolina
Black Mountain Crest #179 Burnsville North Carolina
Setrock Creek Falls (Trail #197) Burnsville North Carolina
Pisgah National Forest: Brevard Brevard North Carolina
16 sub listings
Andy Cove Brevard
Art Loeb Nat'l Recreational Trail Brevard
Bennett Gap / 138 Brevard
Black Mountain Brevard
Buckwheat Knob / 122 Brevard
Coontree Brevard
Cove Creek Trail Waynesville
Daniel Ridge Brevard
Farlow Gap Brevard
Looking Glass Falls Brevard
Looking Glass Rock Brevard
Moore Cove Brevard
Mount Pisgah Brevard
North Slope Brevard
Sliding Rock Brevard
Sycamore Cove Brevard
Buncombe Horse Trail (Trail #191) Burnsville North Carolina
Panthertown Valley Cashiers North Carolina
Mount Pisgah Brevard North Carolina
Appalachian Trail 011: Wayah Gap to Tellico Gap Franklin North Carolina
Appalachian Trail 019: Max Patch Road to Hot Springs Hot Springs North Carolina
Frying Pan Trail Waynesville North Carolina
Cove Creek Trail Waynesville North Carolina
Mount Airy Hillsborough North Carolina
Skyline Chimney Rock North Carolina
Great Woodland Adventure Chimney Rock North Carolina
Four Seasons Chimney Rock North Carolina
Spence Ridge Trail (233) Morganton North Carolina
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Flat Rock North Carolina
Dry Falls Highlands North Carolina
Appalachian Trail: North Carolina Franklin North Carolina
17 sub listings
Appalachian Trail 008: Bly Gap to Deep Gap Franklin
Appalachian Trail 009: Deep Gap to Wallace Gap Franklin
Appalachian Trail 010: Wallace Gap to Wayah Gap Franklin
Appalachian Trail 011: Wayah Gap to Tellico Gap Franklin
Appalachian Trail 012: Tellico Gap to Nantahala River Franklin
Appalachian Trail 013: Nantahala River to Stecoah Gap Bryson City
Appalachian Trail 014: Stecoah Gap to Yellow Creek Gap Robbinsville
Appalachian Trail 015: Yellow Creek Gap to Fontana Dam Fontana Village
Appalachian Trail 016: Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap Fontana Village
Appalachian Trail 017: Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap Cherokee
Appalachian Trail 018: Davenport Gap to Max Patch Road Waterville
Appalachian Trail 019: Max Patch Road to Hot Springs Hot Springs
Appalachian Trail 020: Hot Springs to Allen Gap Hot Springs
Appalachian Trail 021: Allen Gap to Devil Fork Gap Hot Springs
Appalachian Trail 022: Devil Fork Gap to Sams Gap Hot Springs
Appalachian Trail 023: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap Mars Hill
Appalachian Trail 024: Spivey Gap to Nolichucky River Ramseytown
Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Maggie Valley North Carolina
Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Highlands North Carolina
Bridal Veil Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Highlands North Carolina
Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Highlands North Carolina
Moore Cove Brevard North Carolina
Looking Glass Rock Brevard North Carolina
Looking Glass Falls Brevard North Carolina
Sliding Rock Brevard North Carolina
Andy Cove Brevard North Carolina
Carolina Beach State Park Carolina Beach North Carolina
Mount Mitchell State Park Burnsville North Carolina
Grandfather Trail Linville North Carolina
Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Brevard North Carolina
French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Brevard North Carolina
Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina) Gloucester City North Carolina
Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Brevard North Carolina
Linville Falls Trail Crossnore North Carolina
Hickory Nut Falls Chimney Rock North Carolina
Eno River State Park Durham North Carolina
Beaver Dam Raleigh North Carolina
The Outcroppings Chimney Rock North Carolina

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