The Best Trails in North Carolina (United States)

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Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of Linville falls trails Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop
  • near Rymers Ferry, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    10.54mi
    Elevation +
    4016f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2)

    Day 1 of a two day loop. Could be done in one long day (~17.5 miles total). Day 1 for us was around 10.5 miles. Starting from the Twentymile Ranger station, it is an easy grade for half mile of the Twentymile Trail. A...

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  • Linville falls trails

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    near Linville Falls, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    5.09mi
    Elevation +
    1732f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Linville falls trails Photo of Linville falls trails Photo of Linville falls trails

    Linville falls is part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a spectacular three tiered waterfall. I started at the parking lot off of hwy 105, right above the visitor center where you can find a map of the trails. This spot i...

    Molt bonic !!
    loriol7
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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    13.97mi
    Elevation +
    3776f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop

    Fourteen mile loop to Charlies Bunion. Newfound Gap - Appalachian Trail - Charlies Bunion - Dry Sluice Gap Trail - Kephart Prong Trail - Sweat Heifer Creek Trail - Appalachian Trail - Newfound Gap This was a good h...

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  • Hammock Beach State Park to Bear Island

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    near Swansboro, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    9.38nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Hammock Beach State Park to Bear Island Photo of Hammock Beach State Park to Bear Island Photo of Hammock Beach State Park to Bear Island

    Leaving from Hammock Beach State Park we followed a new trail marke with ORANGE OVER WHITE. At first it follows the old trail (white over orange) until it takes a detour into the marshes. It then crosses the ferry path a...

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  • Southern Pines

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    Barefoot
    near Southern Pines, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    2.83mi
    Elevation +
    33f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Southern Pines Photo of Southern Pines Photo of Southern Pines

    Southern Pines is the perfect destination with available amenities for all ages and interests. This small-town gives off a close knit community vibe but provides a plethora of services and attractions to keep all visitor...

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  • near Balsam Grove, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    10.50mi
    Elevation +
    1657f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest Photo of Waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest Photo of Waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest

    3 waterfall hikes in Pisgah are attached here with some photos. Driving from the main intersection in Pisgah Forest - head 276 North into the forest and travel for 5.3 miles...along the way you will pass by Davidson Rive...

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  • Downtown Raleigh Independent Shops

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    Walking
    near Raleigh, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    2.09mi
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    49| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Downtown Raleigh Independent Shops Photo of Downtown Raleigh Independent Shops Photo of Downtown Raleigh Independent Shops

    The City of Oaks is known for great food. There are plenty of list online and if you ask any local their southern hospitality will show through. But what should you do when you’re not eating? This walking trail highli...

    This is a really nice walking tour of raleigh's downtown locally-owned shops. Very timely for the holiday shopping rush....
    DBMorais
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  • Cross Creek

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Mooretown, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    3.74nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Cross Creek Photo of Cross Creek Photo of Cross Creek

    Put in at Dave Richie Landing part of NC Land Trust into Cross Creek. A tidal creek leading to the NE Cape Fear River

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  • near Welsh Heights, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    4.33mi
    Elevation +
    384f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Bearskin Creek Greenway and Downtown Monroe Loop Photo of Bearskin Creek Greenway and Downtown Monroe Loop Photo of Bearskin Creek Greenway and Downtown Monroe Loop

    An active walk/stroll through three of Downtown Monroe's parks and Greenway Trail, along with a walk through Downtown Monroe with pictures of multiple downtown merchants and micro-entrepreneurs.

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  • Mount Mitchell, NC

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    near Eskota, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    7.68mi
    Elevation +
    2884f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Mount Mitchell, NC Photo of Mount Mitchell, NC Photo of Mount Mitchell, NC

    Mount Mitchell, MTS and Commissary Trails. This was a 10 mile hike (lost the data for the first part of the trail). We started at the Black Mt campground. The Trail head is in the campground to the left towards the group...

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  • near Big East Fork, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    17.42mi
    Elevation +
    5630f
    TrailRank
    38| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Black Balsam Rd. Parking Lot to Cold Mountain Summit Photo of Black Balsam Rd. Parking Lot to Cold Mountain Summit Photo of Black Balsam Rd. Parking Lot to Cold Mountain Summit

    This hike begins at the Black Balsam Rd. parking lot off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard, North Carolina. It then climbs up the Ivestor Gap Trail and Art Loeb Trail to the summit of Cold Mountain before returning to ...

    It is a great hike. I did it as a one-night backpacking trip. The portion known as The Narrows, about 7 miles from the s...
    djbolden
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  • near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    4.29nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Carolina Yacht Club to Masonboro Inlet sea buoy Photo of Carolina Yacht Club to Masonboro Inlet sea buoy Photo of Carolina Yacht Club to Masonboro Inlet sea buoy

    Carolina Yacht Club to Masonboro Inlet sea buoy. Overview: This is the first major inlet south of Beaufort and is popular with sportfishermen. It is an uncomplicated entrance protected by jetties on both sides and has go...

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  • near Three Forks, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    15.99mi
    Elevation +
    1125f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 2/2 Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 2/2 Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 2/2

    Day Two of a two day hike in the Cosby section of the Great Smoky Mountains. This was a long hike, but largely downhill. Laurel Gap Shelter - Balsam Mountain Trail - Appalachian Trail - Snake Den Ridge Trail - Cosby C...

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  • Tangle Oaks to Masonboro Blood Moon

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    near Piner Mobile Home Park, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    2.73nm
    Elevation +
    7f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Tangle Oaks to Masonboro Blood Moon Photo of Tangle Oaks to Masonboro Blood Moon Photo of Tangle Oaks to Masonboro Blood Moon

    Tangle Oaks to Masonboro Blood Moon/ HIGH tides.... cloud cover as moon rising, which gave way to a brilliant light....

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  • near Wisemans View, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    7.24mi
    Elevation +
    2661f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Linville Gorge - Spence Ridge and Linville Trail Photo of Linville Gorge - Spence Ridge and Linville Trail Photo of Linville Gorge - Spence Ridge and Linville Trail

    The first Photo is from the West side looking east from the Pitchin trail fron A hike last year....Lost most of the 300 photos taken on this hike. Second year hiking in the gorge. Last year did a 2 day 30 mile on the Pic...

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  • near Catons Grove, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    11.87mi
    Elevation +
    4695f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 1/2 Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 1/2 Photo of GSMNP'21 - Gunter Fork Loop - Day 1/2

    Day One of a two day hike in the Cosby section of the Great Smoky Mountains. The challenging part of this hike is Gunter Fork Trail. Over the four miles of this trail, there were 11 different stream crossings, with the f...

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  • Winnabow - Rice Creek

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    near Winnabow, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    3.73nm
    Elevation +
    43f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Winnabow - Rice Creek Photo of Winnabow - Rice Creek Photo of Winnabow - Rice Creek

    Winabow - Rice Creek: Here's the wildlife I saw.... Deer with full rack crossing creek, Beaver swimming across the creek; Red-headed woodpecker; and a feral boar, (complete with tusks), dead at an exit twd. the road... r...

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  • near Fairfax, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    13.25mi
    Elevation +
    2543f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of 200817 - Fontana/Lakeshore to Lost Cove to Twentymile Photo of 200817 - Fontana/Lakeshore to Lost Cove to Twentymile Photo of 200817 - Fontana/Lakeshore to Lost Cove to Twentymile

    This is a 13+ mile one-way / shuttle hike from Fontana to 20 Mile Ranger Station. We were lucky enough to have three bear sightings (plus a number of wild pigs) along the way. Drove to 20 Mile Ranger Station (along Th...

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  • near Solola Valley, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    8.54mi
    Elevation +
    1266f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Clingmans Dome AT Newfound Gap 8/16/17 Photo of Clingmans Dome AT Newfound Gap 8/16/17 Photo of Clingmans Dome AT Newfound Gap 8/16/17

    Started at Clingmans Dome took AT to Newfound Gap ... Meigs Post on the way. Started at Clingmans Dome ... knew that it would be up to Clingmans but thought it would be all descent once on the AT ... not ... a lot of asc...

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  • DuPont xmas Eve ride 2011

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    Mountain Bike
    near Cedar Mountain, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    8.95mi
    Elevation +
    1286f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of DuPont xmas Eve ride 2011 Photo of DuPont xmas Eve ride 2011 Photo of DuPont xmas Eve ride 2011

    DuPont Fawn Lake Parking lot Xmas eve ride. L on Fawn Lake L on Mine Mountain L on Laurel Ridge L on Shoals Trail R on Corn Mill follow L to Bridal Veil Falls back out on Corn Mill L on Shelter Rock R on Conservation Rd,...

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  • Winnabow- Rice’s Creek to Town Creek

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    near Winnabow, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    6.56nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Winnabow- Rice’s Creek to Town Creek Photo of Winnabow- Rice’s Creek to Town Creek Photo of Winnabow- Rice’s Creek to Town Creek

    Beautiful Fall paddle. Part of the Creek that we sought was just filled in making our oxbow return not possible. Great exploration of the blockage.

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  • T234 Mt Mitchell Nov 9-11.2013

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    Hiking
    near Hamrick, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    20.02mi
    Elevation +
    6640f
    TrailRank
    36| Rating 4.0
    Photo of T234 Mt Mitchell Nov 9-11.2013 Photo of T234 Mt Mitchell Nov 9-11.2013 Photo of T234 Mt Mitchell Nov 9-11.2013

    Troop 234 Mt Mitchell Loop Hike November 2013. Day 1: Hiked Colbert Ridge to Deep Gap. Day 2: Hiked to Mt. Mitchell > Commissary Hill > Maple Camp Bald. Day 3: Returned via Buncombe Horse Trail

    pretty cool!
    kcookie
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