Best trails in Burnsville, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail near Burnsville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 43 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, North Carolina
Top trails (43)
#1 - Crabtree Falls Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Weather conditions, maintenance projects or emergency events may cause temporary road closures along the parkway. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm The view is breathtaking and has many false summits. Good uphill, gets your heart going. If you are going during hunting season wear a bright color, there are many bear hunters in the area. 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 - Little Butt and Point Misery Hike via Big Butt Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Ridge Views, Fall Colors, Good Exercise The trail is a generally ascending, descending ridge-line walk, with some outstanding views of the Mt. Mitchell Range. Fall would probably be the best time for this hike , when the leaves turn to their Autumn colors. There are a couple of pretty steep climbs, going out from the low gap to Little Butt, and returning from the low gap to Point Misery 22 switchbacks, Well Named. There is no water on this trail bring plenty.Show more
#5 - Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
Trail is blazed in yellow and has great views. A small amount of scrambling is necessary. Show more
#6 - Mount Mitchell Loop
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#7 - Setrock Creek Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
#8 - Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
#9 - 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
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.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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