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Best trails in North Carolina

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Trying to find the best North Carolina trails? AllTrails has 1,977 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Raleigh, Durham or Cherokee, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great North Carolina state park trails, check out Gorges State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park near Blowing Rock. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 902 easy trails in North Carolina ranging from 0.6 to 89.3 miles and from 0 to 6,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in North Carolina
Top trails (1977)
#1 - Looking Glass Rock Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
This is a great hike with a steady climb. There are only a few points where things get a little technical, but wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing - find a spot to sit down and eShow more
#2 - Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 42 m
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. MiShow more
#3 - Catawba Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Easy, short hike to pretty waterfalls. Low effort, high yield. Large parking lot right at the trailhead. SAFETY WARNING: There have been deaths and many injuries caused by hikers falling from the faShow more
#4 - Grassy Ridge Bald via Appalachian Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Grassy Ridge, along the eastern flank of Roan Mountain, is the longest stretch of grassy bald in the Appalachian Mountains, and is an easy hiking destination starting from Carvers Gap. The Roan HighlShow more
#5 - Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls Trail
Gorges State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
This short hike along the Horsepasture River features outstanding views of 4 large waterfalls and good camping. Start the trail by descending on a moderate grade downhill. Just a few hundred yards dShow more
#6 - Rough Ridge
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Rough Ridge is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#7 - Crabtree Falls Trail Loop
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Crabtree Falls Trail Loop is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Marion, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#8 - Calloway Peak via Profile Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
"West Side" of Grandfather Mountain, the Profile Trail starts at the trailhead on Route 105 in Banner Elk, NC, and climbs almost 2000 feet to connect to the Grandfather Trail. Permits available at trShow more
#9 - Triple Falls Trail
Dupont State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
At the parking lot, cross the bridge and follow the clearly marked trail upstream and along the rivers edge. At about a third of one mile is the very scenic Triple Falls There is a trail that takes yoShow more
#10 - Grandfather Mountain Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
One of the most technical mountain hikes without climbing equipment east of the Mississippi, Grandfather Mountain trail traverses forest, exposed cliffs, rock outcroppings, ladders and attached cablesShow more
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