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 (5), Greensboro (4), Winston-Salem (4), Highlands (4), Charlotte (3), Raleigh (3)

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


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