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:
Chimney Rock (6), Brevard (6), Charlotte (6), Greensboro (4), Highlands (4), Winston-Salem (3)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Pisgah National Forest: BrevardBrevard, North Carolina
2. Appalachian Trail: North CarolinaFranklin, 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. Mcdowell Nature PreserveCharlotte, North Carolina
8. Mount Mitchell State ParkBurnsville, North Carolina
9. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
10. Dry FallsHighlands, North Carolina
11. Duke ForestDurham, North Carolina
12. Panthertown ValleyCashiers, North Carolina
13. Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
14. Great Woodland AdventureChimney Rock, North Carolina
15. Four SeasonsChimney Rock, North Carolina
16. Hickory Nut FallsChimney Rock, North Carolina
17. SkylineChimney Rock, North Carolina
18. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
19. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
20. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
21. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
22. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
23. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
24. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteFlat Rock, North Carolina
25. Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Maggie Valley, North Carolina
26. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, North Carolina
27. Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
28. French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
29. Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
30. Shunkawauken FallsColumbus, North Carolina
31. Pearson's FallsSaluda, North Carolina
32. Big Bradley FallsSaluda, North Carolina
33. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
34. Eno River State ParkDurham, North Carolina
35. The OutcroppingsChimney Rock, North Carolina
36. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
37. Beaver DamRaleigh, North Carolina
38. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
39. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
40. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
41. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
42. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
43. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
44. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
45. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
46. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
47. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
48. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
49. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
50. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
51. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
52. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
53. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
54. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, North Carolina
55. Copperhead IslandCharlotte, North Carolina
56. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
57. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
58. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
59. North Meck ParkHuntersville, North Carolina
60. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
61. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
62. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
63. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
64. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
65. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
66. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
67. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
68. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
69. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
70. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
71. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
72. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
73. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
74. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
75. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
76. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
77. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
78. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
79. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
80. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
81. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
82. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
83. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
84. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
85. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
86. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
87. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
88. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
89. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
90. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
91. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
92. Sand RidgeLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
93. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
94. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
95. Back Yard TrailsCharlotte, North Carolina
96. LakeshoreLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
97. Appalachian Trail 015: Yellow Creek Gap to Fontana DamFontana Village, North Carolina
98. Big LoopGreensboro, North Carolina
99. Country ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
100. Dark MountainWilkesboro, North Carolina