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 (8), Charlotte (6), Chimney Rock (6), Highlands (4), Winston-Salem (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. Dupont State ForestBrevard, North Carolina
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North CarolinaCherokee, North Carolina
6. Bridal Veil Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
7. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
8. Mcdowell Nature PreserveCharlotte, North Carolina
9. Mount Mitchell State ParkBurnsville, 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. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
15. Great Woodland AdventureChimney Rock, North Carolina
16. Four SeasonsChimney Rock, North Carolina
17. Hickory Nut FallsChimney Rock, North Carolina
18. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
19. SkylineChimney Rock, North Carolina
20. Grandfather Mountain State ParkLinville, North Carolina
21. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
22. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
23. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
24. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
25. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteFlat Rock, North Carolina
26. Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Maggie Valley, North Carolina
27. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, North Carolina
28. Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
29. French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
30. Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
31. Shunkawauken FallsColumbus, North Carolina
32. Pearson's FallsSaluda, North Carolina
33. Big Bradley FallsSaluda, North Carolina
34. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
35. Eno River State ParkDurham, North Carolina
36. The OutcroppingsChimney Rock, North Carolina
37. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
38. Beaver DamRaleigh, North Carolina
39. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
40. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
41. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
42. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
43. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
44. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
45. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
46. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
47. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
48. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
49. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
50. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
51. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
52. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
53. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
54. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
55. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, North Carolina
56. Copperhead IslandCharlotte, North Carolina
57. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
58. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
59. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
60. North Meck ParkHuntersville, North Carolina
61. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
62. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
63. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
64. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
65. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
66. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
67. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
68. South Mountains State ParkConnelly Springs, North Carolina
69. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
70. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
71. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
72. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
73. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
74. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
75. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
76. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
77. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
78. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
79. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
80. Laurel Mountain DescentPisgah Forest, North Carolina
81. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
82. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
83. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
84. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
85. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
86. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
87. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
88. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
89. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
90. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
91. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
92. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
93. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
94. Exercise Loop TrailBrevard, North Carolina
95. Sand RidgeLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
96. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
97. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina
98. Back Yard TrailsCharlotte, North Carolina
99. LakeshoreLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
100. Appalachian Trail 015: Yellow Creek Gap to Fontana DamFontana Village, North Carolina