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), Mount Airy (2), Saluda (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. 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. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
32. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
33. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
34. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
35. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
36. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
37. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
38. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
39. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
40. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
41. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
42. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, 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. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
48. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
49. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
50. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
51. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
52. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
53. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
54. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
55. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
56. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
57. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
58. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
59. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
60. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
61. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
62. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
63. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
64. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
65. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
66. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
67. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
68. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
69. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
70. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
71. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
72. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
73. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
74. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
75. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
76. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
77. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
78. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
79. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
80. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
81. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
82. Fisher River ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
83. JackrabbitHayesville, North Carolina
84. Stecoah GapRobbinsville, North Carolina
85. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature PreserveSouthern Pines, North Carolina
86. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
87. Latta Plantation Nature PreserveHuntersville, North Carolina
88. Roanoke Canal ArtsRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina
89. Rich ParkMocksville, North Carolina
90. Greenway RunaroundsBoone, North Carolina
91. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
92. Lower Douglas Falls TrailBarnardsville, North Carolina
93. Signal HillStatesville, North Carolina
94. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
95. Old Toll RoadMontreat, North Carolina
96. Westwood ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
97. Tanglewood ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
98. Rocky Knob ParkBoone, North Carolina
99. Cape Fear RiverFayetteville, North Carolina
100. Arnette ParkFayetteville, North Carolina


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