Best Trails near Burnsville, North Carolina

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on Black Mountain Crest Trai...
2 days ago

backpacking

I started off from Bowlens creek; real nice public transport driver named "Junior" dropped me off night before. Woke up at 6:00 AM and hit it. I didn't see another person for 7-hours. It was a beautiful route. The beginning is a subtle path that leads up to 6,000 ft, which is where the trail gets going. The vistas are rich and vividly colored. If the day is nice and you are good on time, I would take a while to enjoy the first few miles. As you progress toward Mt Mitchell you'll lose the open vistas for more sparse vistas, as well you'll pass a dozen different micro-environments. I experienced intense fog, rain, and mud, back to sunshine, and fog. The farther you get into the route the greater you can feel how ancient the terrain is. It was a fabulous hike. Wish you an amazing experience!

on Mount Mitchell Trail
3 days ago

camping

Beautiful trail, camped out at Comissary Ridge with a couple of friends and hiked to the summit. Had an awesome time!

on Setrock Creek Falls Trail
11 days ago

hiking

This is a beautiful hike, beautiful waterfall...once you get there. Be advised the trailhead is 5 1/2 miles off of the Blue Ridge Parkway down a very windy gravel road. We felt like we were the only people left on earth until we got to the bottom and came out into a fairly busy campground. Just a short walk from the camping area though, and you are back in the wilderness.

on Appalachian Trail: Carver...
14 days ago

backpacking

on Black Mountain Campground
25 days ago

hiking

Nice little campground tucked away 4 miles off the blue ridge parkway (with no signage or signal it was quite the adventure). A nice small creek runs through the grounds and the trailheads for Mt. Mitchell are literally inside of the campground. Black Mountain campground served as a great base camp for my wife and I.

on Appalachian Trail: Carver...
25 days ago

backpacking

We camped at a site right at the AT and Overmountain shelter intersection the first night. Planned to camp at Bradley Gap the second night, but noticed the water source there was dry. Continued our hike up to Hump Mountain instead and then back to Overmountain shelter for the night and camped at the grassy overlook area where the water was reliable. Views are extremely beautiful and hiking through the balds felt surreal. Solitude is not something you will find here, but conversations with other backpackers were very nice. We had such a great time and even experienced our first AT "trail magic"! Thank you to the solo hiker who found my GoPro and all the other hikers who gave us leads on his whereabouts! What an adventure it was!

on Mount Mitchell Trail
26 days ago

hiking

Proud to say my wife, my 10 year old son and I completed the up and back in about 8 hours which included about an hour at the summit. One of my toughest likes ever. The length and steepness combined with tough footing made for kind of a miserable day. The constant rocks and tree roots showed me an uncomfortable hike. I have $300 Salewa hiking boots and both my feet were bruises on the bottom.
The peak provided beautiful views but that's really the only place that did. If you want to accomplish the highest peak in the east, then by all means do this hike. If you are looking for rewarding views, then drive to he summit and choose another hike. Glad I did it, but probably won't do it again.

on Old Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

The Old Mitchell trail has a lot of inclines and declines and is moderately difficult. We left out early in the AM and the overnight rain made the footing slippery at times but still manageable. We did make a mistake of returning on the Camp Alice and Commissary Trails. Stay on the Old Mitchell trail. The walk in the woods is better than the walk on a gravel road.

on Roaring Fork Falls
1 month ago

hiking

Nice easy trail, pretty falls

on Mount Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

The views are awesome. I'll start with that. The hike itself isn't the most scenic. There are few outcroppings that you'll get a chance to sneak a picture in here or there. You'll traverse through a few different conditions/terrain. I went at 8am from the bottom (campground) to the summit via Old mitchell trail. It took 3 hours and 42 minutes to climb up and about 3 hours to get down. I tweaked my ankle coming down which slowed me slightly. This hike is strenuous. Some hikes are labeled strenuous or difficult but aren't too bad- this is not the case. I had gone after a rain storm the night before so it was slick and muddy. The footing is tricky regardless of the weather. You will be hiking over roots and rocks 75% of the time. You'll catch a break for a couple half miles at a time but expect uneven and rugged terrain mostly. For this reason I recommend hiking boots for sure. On other hikes I wear tennis shoes often- I'm glad I didn't attempt this one. I didn't use walking poles but again, If you have them I would recommend using them. It is steep and you'll be going up at a decent clip. I'm in decent shape. I hike weekly and do cardio almost daily. So I'm fairly active . I'd suggest you be in ok shape to attempt this. The elevation, rough terrain and altitude will affect anyone and if you're not used to a decent amount of activity this might be tough. The weather is cooler up there. I took a jacket but within 1 mile took it off because the exertion was enough to keep me warm. Once at the top you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the surrounding areas. Rest up because now comes the descent. It's downhill and easier in that sense but again the footing is tedious and you'll have to slow your pace to ensure you don't get tripped up. There are those few straight away areas where you can really move though. It's closer to a 12 mile hike than 10.9 as is stated here. By the end you'll be happy to see the camp. It's a wonderful hike and one that will make you feel proud so Go do it!

on Mount Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

Overall a pretty good trail. Very few views until you reach the summit, and even then you're not guaranteed a clear day. I was in the clouds and saw nothing at the summit on 7.18.2016.
Took my dog and I 4 hours from Black Mountain to the summit and 3 back down.
**Anyone with knee problems, Beware of the descent!!! It is killer on the knees

on Mount Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Fun hike - took us 2.5 hours up, and just about 2 hours down. Hung out at the summit and ate lunch next to all the folks who drove up. Gave us a sense of accomplishment. It's never super steep, and looks like there's some killer campsites along the way. Take Higgins bald at least one way to change it up.

on Appalachian Trail: Carver...
1 month ago

backpacking

Absolutely stunning views. Stay on Hump Mt. if you can.

on Green Knob Trail
1 month ago

Hard

on Mount Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Tough climb up. About 3 1/2 hrs up. Pretty easy down; about 2 1/2 hrs.

on Black Mountain Crest Trai...
1 month ago

hiking

I read this was the hardest hike on the East Coast. Hiked this trail on Friday and it did not disappoint! Strenuous hike with breathtaking views. I was able to finish it in one day but it was a very long day. If I get the chance to hike it again I'd love to spend the night.

on Roaring Fork Falls
1 month ago

hiking

Great, wide trail and lots of room to pass. Parking could be better but the trail is awesome.

on Mount Mitchell Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It was challenging, but the scenery isn't very good until you summit.