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), Winston-Salem (4), Highlands (4), Charlotte (3), Fayetteville (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. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North CarolinaCherokee, North Carolina
5. Dupont State ForestBrevard, North Carolina
6. Dry FallsHighlands, North Carolina
7. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
8. Mount Mitchell State ParkBurnsville, North Carolina
9. Bridal Veil Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
10. Duke ForestDurham, North Carolina
11. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
12. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
13. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
14. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
15. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
16. Panthertown ValleyCashiers, 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. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, 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. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
25. Eno River State ParkDurham, North Carolina
26. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
27. Beaver DamRaleigh, North Carolina
28. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
29. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
30. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
31. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
32. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
33. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
34. Appalachian Trail 017: Newfound Gap to Davenport GapCherokee, North Carolina
35. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
36. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
37. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
38. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
39. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
40. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
41. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
42. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
43. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
44. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, 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. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
49. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
50. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
51. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
52. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
53. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
54. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
55. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
56. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
57. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
58. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
59. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
60. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
61. Northeast ParkGreensboro, 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. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
69. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
70. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
71. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
72. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
73. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
74. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
75. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
76. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
77. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
78. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
79. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
80. Fisher River ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
81. JackrabbitHayesville, North Carolina
82. Stecoah GapRobbinsville, North Carolina
83. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature PreserveSouthern Pines, North Carolina
84. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
85. Latta Plantation Nature PreserveHuntersville, North Carolina
86. Roanoke Canal ArtsRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina
87. Rich ParkMocksville, North Carolina
88. Greenway RunaroundsBoone, North Carolina
89. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
90. Lower Douglas Falls TrailBarnardsville, North Carolina
91. Signal HillStatesville, North Carolina
92. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
93. Old Toll RoadMontreat, North Carolina
94. Westwood ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
95. Tanglewood ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
96. Rocky Knob ParkBoone, North Carolina
97. Cape Fear RiverFayetteville, North Carolina
98. Arnette ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
99. Lake Rim ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
100. Cane CreekWaxhaw, North Carolina


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