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:
Charlotte (6), Brevard (5), Highlands (4), Winston-Salem (3), Greensboro (2), Wilmington (2)

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