Explore Appalachian Trail: North Carolina: Best Day Hikes - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for North Carolina and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: North Carolina: Best Day Hikes Map
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Dad and I #OptOutside for Black Friday. It was a beautiful day on the trail. Muddy from frost/ice melt, but worth the views on the crisp clear day.

I completed this section with my wife and with my 10 years old daughter. We stayed overnight and came back next morning to Hot Springs campground.

You will hike one mile next to the river...

Was our pleasure to meet two Appalachian thru Hikers... great stories and good motivation!!!

I rate this section Hard.

Views = good ( different points to stop and take some pics)

Hiking shoes highly recommended. I saw some people with running shoes having a hard time...

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12 days ago

Terrific views. Worth hiking all the way to Grassy Ridge Bald for 360-degree views. This is a mountaintop trail but doesn’t have any steep drop offs or cliffs, so never feels treacherous. Trail is rocky; good shoes/boots recommended. I took my kids ages 9 & 10. Lots of hikers had dogs with them. Trail was fairly busy on a sunny day in Nov, so I can imagine it gets crowded in summer.

Pros: I hike for a view, and for that reason, this trail became an instantaneous favorite. The views are spectacular. Also, the drive from I-40 is fun - nice roads through a cute town and some pretty views along the way. Cons: I prefer a harder climb, so if you're looking for work, this probably isn't your trail. That being said, a hike is what you make of it, and it is the AT, so you have the option to continue for as many miles as you choose. There are a few short fun climbs. Also, this trail is extremely popular, and tends to be busy. However, it seems that many people only go to the first peak, fewer to the second, and hardly anyone all the way to the third. Overall, definitely worth a visit. Best option is to come on a clear day during the week.

Max patch is a nice hike. You get great 360 degree views. sunsets are brilliant. This is a popular place so don't expect any privacy it solitude unless you walk down the AT to the woods. Sadly there are pieces of toilet paper and trash everywhere.

Easy hike, great view

Looking for information about this hike. I am planning a 2 night trip to make it a little easier. Can you camp anywhere of does it have to be at the shelters? Water sources? e-mail me please at keith.filson@att.net

short hike. great views. bring a blanket and picnic and make a day of it.