Best trails in Canton

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Looking for a great trail near Canton, North Carolina? AllTrails has 39 great hiking trails, 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 Gorges State Park or Jones Gap State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Florence Nature Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 20 moderate trails in Canton ranging from 0.8 to 18.2 miles and from 3,205 to 6,210 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 Canton
Top trails (39)
#1 - Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The Show more
#2 - Skinny Dip Falls
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 29 m
This is a very easy trail that anyone could hike. The swimming hole is gorgeous. In the summer, if you can go on a weekday morning you can avoid most of the crowds.Show more
#3 - Mount Pisgah Trail
Canton, North Carolina
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Mount Pisgah area trails include several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the moderate and popular out and back trail to the summit of Mt. Pisgah, featuring some spectacular views. Mount PisgaShow more
#4 - Devil's Courthouse Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 30 m
Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam are two short moderate to strenuous out and back trails off North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway featuring spectacular sweeping views, wild flowers and peregrine falShow more
#5 - Sam Knob Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
There may be temporary closures during winter months. Please check with the park before visiting: https://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/black-balsam/sam-knob. Hikers recommend ice spikes if you will be hShow more
#6 - Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is Show more
#7 - Flat Laurel Creek
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
A very easy trail from NC-215 up to the Forest Service parking area at Black Balsam Mountain. The overall elevation gain is very modest over the length of the trail, and there are some beautiful vieShow more
#8 - Shining Rock Wilderness Loop via Art Loeb Trail
Middle Prong Wilderness
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
Shining Rock Wilderness Loop via Art Loeb Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trShow more
#9 - Shining Creek-Old Butt Knob Loop Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
This loop is not blazed because it is located in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area. Some trail junctions are very difficult to recognize. Begin on Shining Creek trail (old roadbed) from the Big EastShow more
#10 - Cold Mountain via Art Loeb and Cold Mountain Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 17.9 mi • Est. 10 h 19 m
Open hike over balds, with multiple 360 degree views for miles.... The portion of the Art Loeb Trail is most spectacular. Black Balsam and Tennant Mountains both exceed 6,000 feet in elevation. ThShow more
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