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), Highlands (4), Winston-Salem (4), Charlotte (3), Fayetteville (3), Wilmington (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. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
35. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
36. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
37. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
38. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
39. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
40. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
41. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
42. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
43. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, 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. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
48. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
49. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
50. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
51. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
52. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
53. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
54. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
55. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
56. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
57. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
58. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, 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. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
69. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
70. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
71. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
72. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
73. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
74. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
75. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
76. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
77. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
78. Fisher River ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
79. JackrabbitHayesville, North Carolina
80. Stecoah GapRobbinsville, North Carolina
81. Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature PreserveSouthern Pines, North Carolina
82. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
83. Latta Plantation Nature PreserveHuntersville, North Carolina
84. Roanoke Canal ArtsRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina
85. Rich ParkMocksville, North Carolina
86. Greenway RunaroundsBoone, North Carolina
87. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
88. Lower Douglas Falls TrailBarnardsville, North Carolina
89. Signal HillStatesville, North Carolina
90. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
91. Old Toll RoadMontreat, North Carolina
92. Westwood ParkMount Airy, North Carolina
93. Tanglewood ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
94. Rocky Knob ParkBoone, North Carolina
95. Cape Fear RiverFayetteville, North Carolina
96. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
97. Arnette ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
98. Lake Rim ParkFayetteville, North Carolina
99. Cane CreekWaxhaw, North Carolina
100. Fort Raleigh National Historic SiteManteo, North Carolina


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