Explore the best trails in North Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.






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trail locations for North Carolina

Awesome trail, great for all ages and abilities. Dog friendly, not crowded and you can easily combine trails to give you a 5 mile walk.

A moderate to hard hike (depending on where you start) with a fantastic view of a waterfall. However, beware the stairs as there are some spots that are more tricky than others.

This trail makes for a great hike!

Just finished the Stone Mountain Loop a few days ago. I always have fun while hiking, especially with our dog Luna.

1 day ago

Well-maintained, paved, heavily travelled. Walkers, joggers, cyclists. The "real" trail is 1.3 miles. Extra unpaved trails run through the forest in the middle of the loop. These are worth walking—nobody really uses them. An enjoyable walk.

One of the better options close to Charlotte. Solid hike, but nothing too memorable. Perfect outing if you live in charlotte and don't want to drive too far.

For your information, of those of you who have wrote here.
For those of you writing of a green river narrows, trail,, Is not a trail in the Green River Gamelands
of that name. Green river narrows is a section of the Green river.
The trail used to arrive to the narrows, is Pulliam Creek Trail. off Big Hungry Road.
( about a 1 1/2 miles to spur (side) trail). from parking area.
( Is quite a dangerous trial. ) is on the right side of Pulliam creek trail. starts off as a visual trail, with a few switchbacks, then goes straight down to the river.
Pulliam Creek Trail eventually comes to Bear Branch Trail, which is on the left, an then comes to the
Green River cove trail. The Green River cove trail, if you continue on trial straight, blazed blue,
will take you to Green River Cove Road. about 3 miles.
If you go right, blue blaze, will take you to the Green river. about 1/2 mile.
**** New Trail maps are available at the Visitors Center on S. Main Street in Hendersonville , NC.
(across from Suntrust Bank. The maps include all 9 Trails in the Gamelands.
( Trail Maintainer. Wants you to be aware. Also, take water an snacks when you ever go Hiking.)

First time here today. We hiked the white trail (1.8 miles) & the blue trail (.7 miles) in a hour & 22 min. Great trail system, well marked and easy to follow. The trails had lots of roots and other things to step over/around. The scenery was beautiful, walking near High Point Lake was a pleasure. We saw plenty of birds, squirrels, ducks and geese. We look forward to coming back to the piedmont enviromental center to hike the rest of the trails & to walk the bicentennial greenway.

I found a digital copy of the trail maps here: (I tried to add it to the photos, but don't think it worked)

Great trail. Surprised to find the ranger station closed on the weekends. And the last bit of road to the trail head was closed (locked gate) so we parked at the lot by the horse stables and walked adding a little more mileage. The hike was beautiful.

Had a surprisingly warm day in January after hitting lows in the teens earlier in the week. That, plus dense fog early in the morning meant the trail was absolutely empty when I'd arrived which was fantastic. Great trail down to the gorge. Footing gets a little tricky over the rocks at times and it was a bit slippery because of the melted snow, but it wasn't anything too crazy. Beautiful views at the end. Quiet, peaceful, and gorgeous. I would highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.

This trail is beautiful. Its not marked but with Google maps it is easy to find. It is flat but definitely rocky in places. Many places along the trail make for great photo ops. I am looking forward to going back soon to run that trail. It was great!

For 15 minutes of the hour loop this hill is tough! Enjoy.

It was a beautiful foggy January day in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The trail was muddy. The falls were gorgeous. I highly recommend this trail and even when Muddy.

Trail is pretty unmarked. Difficult to find at first, but was very nice on the western side of the trail for first 2 miles that crosses a stream a handful of time; eastern half for the most part follows an access road that isn't very exciting.

2 days ago

I had a wonderful time hiking on the this trail. It was a nice woods trail with some scenic views around the lake. The traffic was light and the wood was quiet and with some nice streams.

Nice short hike. I would bring a snack to enjoy the view with .

Went here for a hike with my girlfriend. We parked in the Hooker Falls parking lot and I was surprised at the variety of trails available in that area. Breathtaking views and a wonderful hike. 5 out of 5!