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Best trails in Burnsville

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Looking for a great trail near Burnsville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 Grandfather Mountain State Park or Mount Mitchell State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Rich-Laurel Wildlife Area or Buffalo Mountain Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 20 hard trails in Burnsville ranging from 1.6 to 61 miles and from 2,739 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 Burnsville
Top trails (41)
#1 - Mount Mitchell Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
Mount Mitchell is challenging hike to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River in the Black Mountain range. The trail starts from the Black Mountain Campground off of South Toe River Road, which is north of Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the Mount Mitchell parking area or the park office to the trailhead is about 0.3 miles, and there is a fork in the trail, one way being 0.4 miles longer than the other. Take the Mount Mitchell Trail all the way to the summit parking area. From the summit parking area it is a quick 0.1 mile hike on a paved trail to the circular observation deck. Once at the Mount Mitchell summit and observation point, there are spectacular views. On a clear day you can see Grandfather and Table Rock in the distance. There is also there is a little museum, gift shop, snack stand, and restrooms. From the summit you have the option to do the extra 3-mile hike (round-trip) to Mount Craig via the Deep Gap Trail (Black Crest Trail) or return down the mountain from the way you came . Mount Craig is the second highest point in the eastern United States and you could knock off both of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.Show more
#2 - Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 8 h 2 m
The Black Mountain Crest Trail is a point to point trail starting at Bowlens Creek Road and Ending at the Mt Mitchell Summit parking area or vice versa. Some find it easiest to start from the top. The trail follows the Mt Mitchell Ridge for the first 7 miles, traversing the largest collection of 6,000 ft peaks in the Eastern US. From Celo Knob, the trail descends about 3500 feet to Bowlens Creek. A car shuttle or drop off is recommended and parking is available at both the Mt Mitchell and Bowlens Creek trailheads. Very limited parking at Bowlens creek if any at all.Show more
#3 - Roaring Fork Falls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 39 m
Easy .5 mile hike to beautiful waterfall. Show more
#4 - Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Trail is blazed in yellow and has great views. A small amount of scrambling is necessary. Show more
#5 - Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
#6 - Setrock Creek Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
#7 - Mount Mitchell Loop
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#8 - Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
#9 - South Toe River Loop Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
Excellent trail in South Toe River Valley near Black Mountain Campground. Show more
#10 - Green Knob Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Awesome day hike and pretty views from Black Mountain Campground trailhead. Show more
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