Explore the most popular hiking trails near Boone with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days ago

Great multiple usage Trail.
Primarily a mountain bike trail so pay attention to the hiking path direction so as bikes will be coming from the opposite direction.
Head on....so there’s plenty of time to see fast moving bikes.
Some real pro riders full speed ahead!
Appreciate the mixed usage. Thanks trail maintainers!

The dogs and I enjoyed this trail. There are a lot of mountain bikers on the trail, and we were hiking, but they were considerate of us, and I hope they feel that we were considerate of them. The trail is moderately challenging, and although there are some spots for great views, you have to wander from the trail a bit to find them. Otherwise, it is excellent for an uphill trail running workout, mountain biking, or hiking.

Nice trail, just not my first choice. In a pinch, it would be worth it. It’s a long, steady incline. You can see houses and I heard kids and dogs barking, as well as the road sounds from 421. Hard to relax. Good points are that the Sanctuary Loop at the top was peaceful, and there is a creek at the beginning of the trail so your dog can drink before and after the hike.

10 days ago

The directions on the app sent me to a gated community. Just an FYI!

on Boone Fork Trail

15 days ago

There are a lot of stream crossing, which are probably fine normally. But after heavy rain or snow melt it'd be best to wear water proof shoes, go bare foot, or be prepared to get a little wet

hiking
26 days ago

I have hiked this trail several times and love it! Beautiful terrain that the whole family can enjoy. I prefer to hike this trail backward. The front end of the loop is usually crowded with families at the falls area. I tend to like to avoid crowds when I first start hiking so I go the opposite direction (which also ends with a beautiful walk by the falls when you're tired and sweaty. Perfect day hike that lasts a few hours. My 9 year old daughter did this as her first hike (which added several stop and took a bit longer) with no issues. Lots of creeks to cross over so that adds an element of fun. Just be prepared that your socks might get wet!

Absolutely beautiful trail: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls! Will cross the creek several times, so wear waterproof shoes.

One of my favorite trails: Rhododendrons all along and the creek with little water falls, just beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Went right after a decent snowfall, and boy was it muddy! Very fun trail with tons of water crossings, and decent markings. Its been said a million times to do the loop clock-wise (vs. what the mileage markers would suggest), and that's what I did; I would submit that the markers aren't as easy to see if you do it this way, but still very feasible.. If you don't want to do the full loop, I would say do the loop counter clockwise to hand-rail the Boone Fork River and get the most bang for your scenery buck before you turn around.

I admit I was surprised how technical this trail was. I fancy myself pretty good at balancing, but even that didn't keep my feet dry as the melting snow contributed to higher than normal creek levels that just overflowed the stepping stones that probably work fine other times of the year. When I say you cross the water, there are many bridges, but there are many many MANY more unforgiving stepping stone crossings that will test your balance, and leave you wet if you aren't perfect. I imagine its the same way after heavy rainfall, so BRING EXTRA SOCKS...maybe even extra boots, especially if you're planning on doing anything after the hike.

I can't imagine bringing my dog on this hike, as there are practical ladders to climb/descend. I saw like three other people on the trail (winter time, Monday afternoon); I see a lot of others on here brought their dog; more power to them, I'm glad I didn't have mine.

This trail was FUN, but don't let the 5 mile distance fool you if it just snowed or rained a lot.

hiking
1 month ago

I came over from the Tanawha Trail and went right (easy part first). That side is easy but boring. The other side of the trail is gorgeous and definitely more challenging, but nothing the average person can’t accomplish. Be prepared to stray from the trail at creek crossings or to hop from rock to rock.

Wonderful hike w amazing scenery but was very wet and slick. You have to take very deliberate and cautious steps.

Very nice.

Awesome trail! We started to the left, like other hikers mentioned and I’m glad we did. The trail was a bit steep toward the end, but we were commuted by then and the kids couldn’t poop out. Three young kids with us and they did great! Lots of beautiful waterfalls, lots of great climbing trees, one great scenic view, and breath-taking scenery everywhere! Definitely want to do this hike again!

Hiked this trail yesterday on a beautiful crisp day with my dog. I took the advise of others and started the loop on the left side. Good call as the harder portions and sights were in the final portion of the hike, versus the beginning of the hike. I did encounter some fellow hikers at the end of the hike. Be aware this hike is wet and muddy, and dress appropriately. Great hike, and I recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful sights. My dog loved the mud, and water that covered this trail! Beautiful waterfalls, and flowing creeks through out. We took our shoes off and climbed across the rocks and ate lunch overlooking the waterfall. it was a strenuous trip and my tracker clocked us at around 7.7 miles after all the off trail walking we did to find the water. If your looking to be exhausted and dirty after this is the hike for you.

Took longer than expected, but a beautiful hike. Would do just the falls hike next time or pack a lunch halfway to make it more enjoyable.

The sound of the cars didn’t bother me at all, hard for first time mountain bike riders but a lot of fun!

Wonderful hike. lots of climbing and views. while this is hard I think older kids would enjoy this.

We hiked about week after hurricane Florence and many days of rain. Trail was wet and slippery as you would expect, but still delightful. We were quite glad to have high ankle boots and trekking sticks. Encountered five ladders which were challenging with dog on lead. Up the ladders wasn’t so bad, down ladders were frightening but with two humans and one 40 lb dog we did fine. Many creek crossings and we got wet. Very enjoyable and one of our favorite hikes ever. We went counterclockwise based on other reviews. Took our time and were on trail just over three hours. Take lunch - take your time.

My wife and I did this hike with our 9 mo. daughter in a carrier and thought that it was on the more difficult side of moderate, but not quite strenuous. Great hike, but if we did it over again, we could have just gone straight to Hebron Falls (so, go right at the fork instead of straight) and backtracked the way we came in. Going the full loop seemed a little tedious because after you see the rock community and the falls, there really wasn't much more of interest (except for a bunch of little creek crossings and a very brief section in a meadow). Plus, the full loop has you walking a couple extra miles through a large camping area and along the parkway which was a little boring. The best part of the hike is definitely the 1.5 stretch straight to the falls. Lots of awesome places for getting in the water, and beautiful variety in terrain.

hiking
4 months ago

I'm not sure I would classify this trail as "hard," but it's definitely got some elements of difficulty, especially near the falls. There are some uphill climbs that can leave you a bit breathless, but the falls and the rocks are beautiful. If you hike the trail counter-clockwise, you will get to the falls (along with Hebron Falls) in a mile and a half or so, leaving the easier portion for the end. There are rhododendron thickets, a open meadow-like area, camping area and fir forest to be enjoyed near the end. This is a really beautiful hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Almost no one on it. Start the loop by going straight at the fork. Gorgeous when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Great hike. Have hiked this trail about 3 times and it is just lovely. Hard in some spots but well worth it. Pack a lunch and enjoy the river and views.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Very gentle and pleasant “trail” with plenty of benches and shaded areas near the creek. It’s not at all difficult (unless you include the Angel’s Staircase entrance, which can tucker you out if you’re not in shape and biking up). All in all, the greenway is an excellent spot to bring pets and kids.

love this trail

4 months ago

Easy trail, definitely not difficult. Dog and kid friendly. Well worth going clockwise to enjoy working up to the falls. Beautiful wildflower fields right now (August)

Good hike. Not difficult at all if you are in reasonably good shape.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this trail. The waterfall was running and this Saturday there was a lot of people out on the trail with us. Its a long trail but not very hard overall, even for me who has been living in the flat lands for way to long. The recent rains had made the trail pretty muddy and right as I was getting back to the car I took an unfortunate spill on my backside.

Plenty of interesting things to look at. Enjoyed the Hebron rock community and the many creek crossings. Would def recommend

hiking
5 months ago

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