Looking for a great trail near Burnsville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 40 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 Terrace Oaks West Park or Cam Ram Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 19 hard trails in Burnsville ranging from 1.6 to 24 miles and from 2,746 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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scramble
1 day ago

This comment only concerns the first part of the trail until the intersection with big Tom trail. Beautiful hike with beautiful views.

Going back camping. Great park with many trail options

Nice short hike to lovely falls

Nice easy waterfall hike before heading up to Mitchell. The new parking lot is all done, so plenty of easy parking is available. Also, don’t listen to Google. You have to go in from State Hwy 80. You can’t ( and wouldn’t want to) take S Toe River Road from the BRP.

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rocky
5 days ago

Lung and knee buster. But hey, we are part of the 50-ies crowd. We go at it steady and slow. Took us over 10 hours. Had 1 hour hammock time, a good 45 minutes at the top and 1/2 the time coming off the mountain compared to going up. I believe this trail is more to be considered a feather in our cap, than the most scenic one ever done. Had clouds moving in at the top, so very limited views. Came across butterflies, blackberry bushes, a few salamanders, bumblebees and lots of tourists in flip flops at the top. We enjoyed the heck out of this challenge! Would recommend 2liters of water, hiking stick, and sturdy hiking boots. Enjoy the pain 

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rocky
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery, great hike... definitely not for the faint hearted!

hiking
6 days ago

If you’re looking for a brutal, lonely hike through the secluded woods with very little views (all of which have power lines in the way) and tons of rocks/roots to maneuver around, this is the hike for you. I’m really confused as to why it’s described as being “heavily trafficked”. I tend to solo hike, and as a young female, I use this app to decide which trails would have more people. In my 12 mile journey, I saw 8 total humans on this trail. It was a Friday morning in the beginning of August. How is that heavily trafficked? So I spent 90% of the hike freaked out in the middle of the woods by myself. Tons of people at the top though, mind you. Parking lot was packed out. You can’t enjoy the view because of all the tourists. Not worth the effort in my opinion. If you do decide to take this trail, make sure to wear hiking boots with good grip that support your ankles and bring bug spray. That’s my two cents!

The only reason this hiking is getting 3 stars is because I extended the hike to hit up Mt. Craig, which made it a 15 mile hike. The hike up Mt Mitchell was a nice hike in the woods, not very many views, and even though I knew you could drive up to the peak, I did not realize how tachy it was, with a good stand at the top???!?! Seriously!?!?! Gross. I would never do this hike again. It was a good workout. And Mt. Craig was worth it!

decent hike for the first 3/4 then finished along a fire road if the river with few views

hiking
6 days ago

Easy morning walk to a beautiful waterfall.

NOTE: If you start at the Mt Mitchell end, it is labeled as DEEP GAP TRAIL on their map and signs. There is no mention of Black Mountains Crest Trail on their materials. Orange triangle blazes.

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rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Did this hike with my husband on a Sunday. We didn't encounter anyone for the first three miles, then we started getting passed by a trail running camp. Boy was that an ego-buster. This trail about killed us. Like someone said previously, the first three miles are better than the last three. But this trail is rocky and rooty the entire time. And the uphill is pretty unrelenting. It's fairly technical and be prepared for a tough climb. We will absolutely do it again and had a (painful) blast, but it's like childbirth - I need to forget how terrible it was before I can do it again. My AllTrails app clocked me at just over 12 miles, but my Apple Watch said over 14. Either way, it's a long haul. Also, can we please close the road to the top to anyone who has not ever climbed up? Cheaters.

Great for kids! We had four kids in our group from age 2-12, they had so much fun wading in the water at the base of the falls and looking for crawfish and salamanders :) not a long hike there and back, and we had plenty of time to play. Ground is a little uneven and steep near the falls but we were all able to navigate it easily if not slowly

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muddy
rocky
12 days ago

Great hike moderately challenging with great food near the summit

hiking
13 days ago

I cannot stress how difficult this trail is. This app says it is 4.5 miles, my Garmin said it was 6. Very steep the entire time, it will destroy your legs. In all fairness, it is very well maintained and marked, easy to follow in most spots and has some dope views. Probably wouldn’t ever do it again but I’m glad I did it once.

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muddy
13 days ago

Trail was muddy and wet. Trail definitely got harder the last three miles compared to the 1st three. Still completed in good time. Cloudy at the top, not much in the way of views. Too many little kids and family’s. Go during the week if you plan on doing this trail.

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bugs
scramble
15 days ago

Very cool hike. Unfortunately when I got to the top it was starting to thunderstorm so I didn’t get to see the view.

Awesome trail. Awesome views

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rocky
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Moderate hike due some steep sections, did the A Loop. Beginning of trail is shorter way to falls which means steeper. Nice bench on trail at base of falls to sit-a-spell; had a little lunch then continued the loop. Trail follows the water; longer way out but easier imo. 7/30, BRP being repaired/repaved; gravel a good deal of the way with flagman holding traffic.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
17 days ago

Lovely hike, lots of black berry bushes so there were a ton of bees! None being aggressive though (: super great view from two peaks!

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muddy
rocky
washed out
18 days ago

Bottom mile is steep and rooty. It mellows a bit into more switchbacks with ample shade underneath the laurels and hemlocks. Quite a few vista spots on way to mile 4. Not steep but challenging for good portion up to last mile when it allows for a little breather. The last 1/4mile is on pavement to the peak which is crowded with people who drove up. Great classic hike though.

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