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), Mount Airy (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Appalachian Trail: North CarolinaFranklin, North Carolina
2. Pisgah National Forest: BrevardBrevard, North Carolina
3. Daniel Boone Scout TrailBlowing Rock, North Carolina
4. Dupont State ForestBrevard, North Carolina
5. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, 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. Duke ForestDurham, North Carolina
10. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
11. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
12. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
13. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
14. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
15. Panthertown ValleyCashiers, North Carolina
16. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteFlat Rock, North Carolina
17. Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
18. Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Maggie Valley, North Carolina
19. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, North Carolina
20. Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
21. Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
22. French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
23. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
24. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North CarolinaCherokee, 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. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
30. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
31. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
32. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
33. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
34. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
35. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
36. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
37. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
38. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
39. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
40. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
41. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
42. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, North Carolina
43. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
44. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
45. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
46. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
47. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
48. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
49. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
50. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
51. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
52. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
53. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
54. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
55. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
56. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
57. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
58. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
59. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
60. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
61. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
62. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
63. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
64. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
65. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
66. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
67. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, 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. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
75. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
76. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
77. Fisher River ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
78. JackrabbitHayesville, North Carolina
79. Stecoah GapRobbinsville, North Carolina
80. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature PreserveSouthern Pines, North Carolina
81. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
82. Latta Plantation Nature PreserveHuntersville, North Carolina
83. Roanoke Canal ArtsRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina
84. Rich ParkMocksville, North Carolina
85. Greenway RunaroundsBoone, North Carolina
86. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
87. Lower Douglas Falls TrailBarnardsville, North Carolina
88. Signal HillStatesville, North Carolina
89. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
90. Old Toll RoadMontreat, North Carolina
91. Westwood ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
92. Tanglewood ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
93. Rocky Knob ParkBoone, North Carolina
94. Cape Fear RiverFayetteville, North Carolina
95. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
96. Arnette ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
97. Lake Rim ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
98. Cane CreekWaxhaw, North Carolina
99. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
100. Fort Raleigh National Historic SiteManteo, North Carolina


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