The Best Hiking Trails in North Carolina

Most Popular North Carolina Hiking Trails

We've ranked the best places to hike in North Carolina using our unique hiking trail popularity algorithm that accounts for the average rating and number of reviews for a trail, the number of people who have hiked or wish they could hike at that hiking trail. Sign up for a free account and vote for your favorite hiking trails by submitting a trail review or creating a hiking wishlist today!

New! Find the best hiking trails by city:
Brevard (8), Charlotte (6), Chimney Rock (6), Highlands (4), Winston-Salem (3), Greensboro (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Pisgah National Forest: BrevardBrevard, North Carolina
2. Appalachian Trail: North CarolinaFranklin, North Carolina
3. Daniel Boone Scout TrailBlowing Rock, North Carolina
4. Dupont State ForestBrevard, North Carolina
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North CarolinaCherokee, North Carolina
6. Bridal Veil Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
7. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
8. Mcdowell Nature PreserveCharlotte, North Carolina
9. Mount Mitchell State ParkBurnsville, North Carolina
10. Appalachian Trail 019: Max Patch Road to Hot SpringsHot Springs, North Carolina
11. Dry FallsHighlands, North Carolina
12. Duke ForestDurham, North Carolina
13. Panthertown ValleyCashiers, North Carolina
14. Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
15. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
16. Great Woodland AdventureChimney Rock, North Carolina
17. Four SeasonsChimney Rock, North Carolina
18. Hickory Nut FallsChimney Rock, North Carolina
19. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
20. SkylineChimney Rock, North Carolina
21. Grandfather Mountain State ParkLinville, North Carolina
22. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
23. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
24. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
25. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
26. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteFlat Rock, North Carolina
27. Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Maggie Valley, North Carolina
28. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, North Carolina
29. Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
30. French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
31. Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
32. Shunkawauken FallsColumbus, North Carolina
33. Pearson's FallsSaluda, North Carolina
34. Big Bradley FallsSaluda, North Carolina
35. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
36. Eno River State ParkDurham, North Carolina
37. The OutcroppingsChimney Rock, North Carolina
38. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
39. Beaver DamRaleigh, North Carolina
40. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
41. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
42. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
43. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
44. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
45. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
46. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
47. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
48. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
49. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
50. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
51. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
52. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
53. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
54. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
55. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
56. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, North Carolina
57. Copperhead IslandCharlotte, North Carolina
58. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
59. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
60. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
61. North Meck ParkHuntersville, North Carolina
62. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
63. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
64. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
65. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
66. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
67. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
68. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
69. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
70. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
71. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
72. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
73. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
74. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
75. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
76. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
77. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
78. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
79. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
80. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
81. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
82. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
83. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
84. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
85. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
86. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
87. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
88. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
89. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
90. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
91. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
92. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
93. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
94. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
95. Exercise Loop TrailBrevard, North Carolina
96. Sand RidgeLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
97. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
98. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
99. Back Yard TrailsCharlotte, North Carolina
100. LakeshoreLake Waccamaw, North Carolina