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 (9), Chimney Rock (6), Charlotte (5), Highlands (4), Franklin (3), Winston-Salem (3)

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. Bridal Veil Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
6. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
7. Mcdowell Nature PreserveCharlotte, North Carolina
8. Mount Mitchell State ParkBurnsville, North Carolina
9. Appalachian Trail 019: Max Patch Road to Hot SpringsHot Springs, North Carolina
10. Dry FallsHighlands, North Carolina
11. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North CarolinaCherokee, North Carolina
12. Duke ForestDurham, North Carolina
13. Looking Glass FallsBrevard, North Carolina
14. Appalachian Trail 010: Wallace Gap to Wayah GapFranklin, North Carolina
15. Panthertown ValleyCashiers, North Carolina
16. Quarry Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
17. KitsumaBlack Mountain, North Carolina
18. Great Woodland AdventureChimney Rock, North Carolina
19. Four SeasonsChimney Rock, North Carolina
20. Grandfather Mountain State ParkLinville, North Carolina
21. Hickory Nut FallsChimney Rock, North Carolina
22. Linville Falls TrailCrossnore, North Carolina
23. SkylineChimney Rock, North Carolina
24. Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain, North Carolina
25. Table RockLinville, North Carolina
26. Carolina Beach State ParkCarolina Beach, North Carolina
27. Mount AiryHillsborough, North Carolina
28. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteFlat Rock, North Carolina
29. Soco Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Maggie Valley, North Carolina
30. Courthouse Falls (Waterfall North Carolina)Gloucester City, North Carolina
31. Lemon Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
32. French Broad Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
33. Glenn Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Highlands, North Carolina
34. Shunkawauken FallsColumbus, North Carolina
35. Pearson's FallsSaluda, North Carolina
36. Big Bradley FallsSaluda, North Carolina
37. NorthwoodHigh Point, North Carolina
38. Eno River State ParkDurham, North Carolina
39. The OutcroppingsChimney Rock, North Carolina
40. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock, North Carolina
41. Beaver DamRaleigh, North Carolina
42. Hooker Falls "Waterfall" (North Carolina)Brevard, North Carolina
43. Badin Lake TrailTroy, North Carolina
44. Benton MacKaye Trail: North CarolinaRobbinsville, North Carolina
45. Blue Clay RoadWilmington, North Carolina
46. Mountains to Sea TrailAsheville, North Carolina
47. Renaissance ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
48. Sherman Branch ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
49. MCAS New River TrailJacksonville, North Carolina
50. Crabtree Falls LoopBurnsville, North Carolina
51. Piranha PitHavelock, North Carolina
52. Blue HeronGreensboro, North Carolina
53. Horizons ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
54. Caraway HillsSophia, North Carolina
55. Son TayFt Bragg, North Carolina
56. Lake Norman State ParkTroutman / Charlotte, North Carolina
57. Falls Lake State Recreation AreaWake Forest, North Carolina
58. Briar ChapelChapel Hill, North Carolina
59. Copperhead IslandCharlotte, North Carolina
60. George Poston ParkLowell, North Carolina
61. Reedy Creek Regional ParkCharlotte, North Carolina
62. Salem LakeWinston-Salem, North Carolina
63. North Meck ParkHuntersville, North Carolina
64. Fort Macon State ParkAtlantic Beach, North Carolina
65. Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, North Carolina
66. All AmericanRaeford, North Carolina
67. Hobby ParkWinston-Salem, North Carolina
68. Tom's Creek FallsMarion, North Carolina
69. Land FillWilmington, North Carolina
70. Morrow Mountain State ParkAlbemarle, North Carolina
71. Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park-PoplarConcord, North Carolina
72. Biltmore TrailsAsheville, North Carolina
73. Cedarock ParkBurlington, North Carolina
74. Moore's Springs TrailsDanbury, North Carolina
75. San-Lee ParkSanford, North Carolina
76. Lake Crabtree County ParkMorrisville, North Carolina
77. Gorges State ParkSapphire, North Carolina
78. Mt. Mitchell #190Burnsville, North Carolina
79. Lees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, North Carolina
80. Pilot Mountain State ParkPinnacle, North Carolina
81. Brunswick Nature ParkLeland, North Carolina
82. Chapel Hill High SchoolChapel Hill, North Carolina
83. Kerr Scott ReservoirWilkesboro, North Carolina
84. Skyisland Retreat and CampgroundOld Fort, North Carolina
85. Cape Lookout National SeashoreHarkers Island, North Carolina
86. Craggy PinnacleBig Ivy, North Carolina
87. Governor's CreekSanford, North Carolina
88. Island Creek TrailPollocksville, North Carolina
89. Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex, North Carolina
90. Northeast ParkGreensboro, North Carolina
91. Oakview County ParkRaleigh, North Carolina
92. Walker FallsBarnardsville, North Carolina
93. Fallstown LoopTroutman, North Carolina
94. Medoc Mountain State ParkHollister, North Carolina
95. Goose Creek State ParkWashington, North Carolina
96. Looking Glass RockBrevard, North Carolina
97. Exercise Loop TrailBrevard, North Carolina
98. Sand RidgeLake Waccamaw, North Carolina
99. Rufus MorganFranklin, North Carolina
100. Emerald OutbackBeech Mountain, North Carolina