kid friendly


wild flowers


nature trips

trail running

dogs on leash

mountain biking





dog friendly

road biking


horseback riding


wheelchair friendly

no dogs

scenic driving


fly fishing

whitewater kayaking

sea kayaking


rock climbing



trail locations for North Carolina

The only views were on the return side of the loop. It was really foggy and wet but still easy to navigate. Not a bad hike but was wanting more

Beautiful and breathtaking views the entire trail. The trail is very short but very steep in some spots.

This trail starts at the end of Shumont Road in Black Mountain, NC. This is not the trail at Shumont Estates near Rumbling Bald Resort. At the end of Shumont Road, park on the right side, and go on foot across the road to the trail on the left. Apple wagon Road is provate, but he fork to the right takes you to state park trails. Go around two gates (second one is a state park gate) and go to the top of the fork. Go left to the rock outcroppings (.2 miles, and an incredible view!) or take the right fork for a more wooded and longer hiking trail. Enjoy-watch for bears in late summer.

Beautiful view at the top, well worth the hike.

This is our favorite trail in NC thus far. It's a challenging hike with plenty of switchbacks. The view at the top is breathtaking.

Nice short trail mostly downhill to the falls. Has a few different swimming holes in different areas but water is COLD.

3 days ago

This was a nice hike. It was a bit mundane the first mile or so but afterwards the trail became a bit more interesting. Not many views while on the trail, but I imagine in a couple weeks or so when the leaves begin to change it will be beautiful. Especially in winter, I would love to see the waterfall in winter. It was trickling down,it hasn't rained in a while,but was still worth seeing. Trail was moderate,sometimes it had some inclines..but not too bad. We did take the trail clockwise ,but I don't think it matters if your just hiking. If your on a bike then it might make a difference, It's also a mountain bike trail. We went on a weekend and very light traffic. We saw 3 people hiking. This trail is marked really well,made it easy to follow. It has some swimming holes and the creek is pretty much right a long the hike on and off. There were many open spots to pitch a tent and camp out. I would do this hike again maybe in a few weeks.

3 days ago

Camped at the nearby Julian Price campground. Was a nice hike, fairly flat. No mountain views, but plenty of river and boulders. Took about 2.5 hrs to complete. Can be muddy in places and crosses the creek in several places.

3 days ago

Beautiful! Great hike.

3 days ago

Quick easy hike that goes right up to the lake

Great family hike. Went with a group of 12, ages 2-42 and everyone had fun. There is a great creek for wading near the start.

4 days ago

If you are just looking for great views, stop at the over look. If you want a great hike through the woods that will make your leg burn, go to the end. Beware, the end is a service road