North Carolina - Outdoor Activities

North Carolina has approximately 2,325 trails, including 1,425 hiking trails and 671 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 290 miles in length. The most popular trails are Chasteen Creek Loop, Mount Mitchell-Mileposts 344.1-355.3 and Uwharrie National Forest. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in North Carolina was Svietlana B. who completed Schoolhouse Falls and Panthertown Valley Trail.

  • Uwharrie National ForestView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form ...

  • Gregory Bald Overnight LoopView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    •  3 days
    •  15.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike combines the best that the high and low country have to offer. First, you'll travel up the Twentymile Trail past Twentymile Cascades ...

  • Lake James — Shortoff Mountain TrailView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Psst! Put down that trail guide telling you that the way to get to the best view of Linville Gorge is via a strenuous 11.2-mile march. I’ve got ...

  • Chasteen Creek LoopView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  8.75 hours
    •  17.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop travels watercourses and ridges of the Bradley Fork watershed. Leave Smokemont Campground and make your way up Bradley Fork, then turn ...

  • Linville Gorge Wilderness-Milepost 317.5View Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Linville Falls, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  0.2-9 miles
    •  Guide

    A 12,000-acre tract of designated wilderness, Linville Gorge lies between Jonas Ridge to the east and Linville Mountain to the west. The Blue ...

  • Grandfather Mountain State Park and AttractionView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1.8-7 miles
    •  Guide

    Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned by noted North Carolinian ...

  • Crowders Mountain State ParkView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    •  1-8 miles
    •  Guide

    As the closest, most dramatic mountain park to Charlotte, “Crowders” lives up to its name. Park attendance has skyrocketed in recent years. Rangers ...

  • Mount Mitchell-Mileposts 344.1-355.3View Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  0.8-11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. It’s a crowning part of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience—the only motorized access ...

  • Signal HillView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Statesville, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  30 to 45 minutes
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an excellent singletrack playground, particularly considering that it’s 1 minute off the interstate. The builders have made excellent ...

  • Mount Mitchell TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail and bagging its six 6000-foot peaks is a nice accomplishment—a nice accomplishment with an asterisk if ...

  • Umstead ParkView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  16.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained gravel ...

  • Cat Gap LoopView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Ducktown, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    With a name like “Cat Gap,” this is a trail you just have to hike with your dog. Though cats are actually not likely to cross this path, the ...

  • Cades CoveView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year, and almost every one of them takes the 11-mile ...

  • Thompson LoopView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Murphy, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This 7.5-mile singletrack loop (named for David Thompson, a National Forest Service ranger memorialized with a sign posted on the trail at a ...

  • Linville Gorge WildernessView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Linville, NC

    •  0.2-9 miles
    •  Guide

    A 12,000-acre tract of designated wilderness, Linville Gorge lies between Jonas Ridge to the east and Linville Mountain to the west. The Blue ...

  • Hobby ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail has got it all: huge berms, rock gardens, streams, big logs, pyramids, a serious drop through a rock and log-infested erosion gully, ...

  • Tsali - Right LoopView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Dillsboro, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1 to 2.5 hours
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Right Loop is an excellent aerobic trail, where you can just cruise. It is also an aerialist’s paradise with lots of dips for small bunny ...

  • Graveyard FieldsView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Canton, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1.4-4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The big news here is that this very popular trailhead was greatly expanded and facilities significantly improved in 2014 with funding from the ...

  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Robbinsville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1-2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3,800-acre tract now combined with the Slickrock Wilderness to form a wild and wildly popular area in the ...

  • Big Fork Ridge LoopView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Waynesville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  5 hours
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Big trees are the stars of this loop, which starts in lovely Cataloochee Valley. Of course, the numerous old-growth giants are complemented by ...

  • Fontana LoopView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  12 hours
    •  21.5 miles
    •  Guide

    If you like a combination of mountains and lakes, this moderate hike is for you and any younger or inexperienced backpackers you may wish to ...

  • Linville Falls TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Linville Falls, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If water had adventure parks, Linville Falls would be its Six Flags over North Carolina. First, there’s the anticipatory wait as water queues ...

  • Chimney Rock State ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Hiking  
    •  0.7-1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Like the bulk of Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock State Park is a once-privately owned commercial natural area that has become a state park. ...

  • Cedar RockView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Hendersonville, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  2 to 3.5 hours
    •  11.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride really has a lot of everything, from smooth single track to large expanses of exposed granite. You might subtitle this ride “Slickrock ...

  • Bent CreekView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The nearly 10 miles of doubletrack and singletrack open for biking in Bent Creek Experimental Forest are comprised of a 6.5-mile loop, with a ...