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
Medoc Mountain State Park Hollister North Carolina
Merchants Millpond State Park Gatesville North Carolina
Moore's Springs Trails Danbury North Carolina
Morrow Mountain State Park Albemarle North Carolina
Mount Airy Hillsborough North Carolina
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area West Jefferson North Carolina
Mount Mitchell State Park Burnsville North Carolina
Mountains to Sea Trail Asheville North Carolina
2 sub listings
Mountain to Sea Trail (Craggy Gardens) Big Ivy
Mountains to Sea Trail (Trail #440) Balsam Gap - NC 128 Burnsville
New River State Park Laurel Springs North Carolina
North Wake Landfill District Park Raleigh North Carolina
Northeast Park Greensboro North Carolina
Northwood High Point North Carolina
Oakview County Park Raleigh North Carolina
Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough North Carolina
Occoneechee Speedway Hillsborough North Carolina
Old Toll Road Montreat North Carolina
Panthertown Valley Cashiers North Carolina
Pearson's Falls Saluda North Carolina
Pettigrew State Park Creswell North Carolina
Pilot Mountain State Park Pinnacle North Carolina
Piranha Pit Havelock 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
Pisgah National Forest: Burnsville Burnsville North Carolina
21 sub listings
Balsam Nature Trail Burnsville
Big Tom Gap (Trail #191A) Burnsville
Black Mountain Crest #179 Burnsville
Briar Bottom # 1006 Burnsville
Buncombe Horse Trail (Trail #191) Burnsville
Camp Alice Burnsville
Carolina Hemlock #1003 Burnsville
Colbert Ridge #178 Burnsville
Commissary Burnsville
Crabtree Falls Loop Burnsville
Devil's Den Nature Loop #192 Burnsville
Green Knob # 182 Burnsville
Higgins Bald Ground #190A Burnsville
Mt. Mitchell #190 Burnsville
Old Mount Mitchell Trail Burnsville
Raider's Camp Linville
Ray Mine Burnsville
River Loop #200 Burnsville
Roaring Fork Falls (Trail #195) Burnsville
Setrock Creek Falls (Trail #197) Burnsville
Woody Ridge (Trail # 177) Burnsville
Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Highlands North Carolina
Raven Rock State Park Lillington North Carolina
1 sub listings
Raven Rock Loop Lillington
Reedy Creek Regional Park Charlotte North Carolina
Renaissance Park Charlotte North Carolina
Rich Park Mocksville North Carolina
Roanoke Canal Arts Roanoke Rapids North Carolina
Rocky Knob Park Boone North Carolina
Rufus Morgan Franklin North Carolina
Salem Lake Winston-Salem North Carolina
Salisbury Community Hurley Park Salisbury North Carolina
San-Lee Park Sanford North Carolina
Seymour Johnson Goldsboro North Carolina
Sherman Branch Park Charlotte North Carolina
Shunkawauken Falls Columbus North Carolina
Signal Hill Statesville North Carolina
Singletary Lake State Park Kelly North Carolina
Skyisland Retreat and Campground Old Fort North Carolina
Smith creek park Wilmington North Carolina
Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina) Maggie Valley North Carolina
Son Tay Ft Bragg North Carolina
South Mountains State Park Connelly Springs North Carolina
Stecoah Gap Robbinsville North Carolina
Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap North Carolina
Table Rock Linville North Carolina
Tanglewood Park Winston-Salem North Carolina
Tom's Creek Falls Marion North Carolina
Tsali Recreation Area Bryson City North Carolina
4 sub listings
Tsali Left Loop Bryson City
Tsali Mouse Branch Loop Bryson City
Tsali Right Loop Bryson City
Tsali Thompson Loop Bryson City

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