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


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