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Best trails in Canton

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Looking for a great trail near Canton, 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 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 Rich-Laurel Wildlife Area. Ready for some activity? There are 21 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
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#1 - Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
#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 Pisgah area trails include several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway near and to the summit of Mt. Pisgah - the moderate and popular 3.2 mile RT out and back namesake trail. Easily visible from most of downtown Asheville, Mount Pisgah's 5721' summit supports the transmission tower for WLOS-TV, channel 13. The summit trail is a rocky, steep climb through hardwoods, rhododendron and mountain laurel tunnels, to 360 degree views (which are somewhat subdued because of the TV tower). Starting at the back of the parking area on the south side of the parkway, the initially flat and rocky trail traverses over the Buck Spring tunnel across the BRP through high-elevation hardwood forest. The first half of the hike gains only about 200', while the other half gains 521'. The steep part of the trail is essentially a very rocky staircase through mountain laurel thickets and stands of varying hardwoods. At the summit stands the transmission tower for WLOS-TV, channel 13, and an observation deck. The tower subdues the view, but the view is still spectacular, especially to the south and west. The parking area, the Campground & Pisgah Inn are easily visible to the south; the Shining Rock Wilderness to the west; the Great Smoky Mountains farther to the west; and to the northeast, the city of Asheville, Craggy Mountains, and Mount Mitchell. Connecting trails adding views and mileage include the Buck Spring trail, the 3.6 mi. one-way Pilot Rock Trail, the Little Pisgah Ridge Trail, the 7.4 mile Laurel Mountain Trail, as well as many miles along the Mountains-to-Sea and Shut-in trails. The 16.3 mile Shut-In trail is the original route from George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate to the Buck Spring lodge, his mountain getaway.Show more
#4 - 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 hiking in the winter. You can also do Sam's Knob Loop by combining the Sam Knob Trail, Little Sam Knob Trail, Mountain-to-Sea Trail, and the Flat Laurel Creek Trail. This route passes several waterfalls and creeks along the way. Take the short spur off Sam Knob Trail to the top of Sam Knob, reaching 6068 ft.Show more
#5 - 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 falcons. Devil's Courthouse - A moderate to strenuous 1 mile RT climb to a walled lookout above the Blue Ridge. Within the jagged mountain is a cave where the devil holds court, according to folklore. The steep cliffs provide spectacular panoramic vistas and ideal hunting grounds for peregrine falcons. The mostly paved trail starts from the overlook parking area beside the mountain. According to the sign at the overlook, the bare rock profile named Devil's Courthouse is sinister in appearance and legend. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla. Devil's Courthouse is also home to rare and delicate high-altitude plants. Black Balsam Knob - The Black Balsam area of the Blue Ridge Parkway includes several trails, including a spectacular mountain bald Black Balsam Knob. This treeless mountaintop offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge. The summit at 6214' is accessed via the Art Loeb trail while gaining about 400' in elevation. Walk about 1/2 mile through the forest to reach the open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows. Cross Sam's Knob and continue to Black Balsam (about a mile). The first quarter mile passes through a thick Balsam Grove and next abruptly breaks out onto the wide grassy ridge. It passes through open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows. These two hikes are highly recommended!Show more
#6 - 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 views to the west and also of Sam's Knob.Show more
#7 - Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
#8 - 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 East Fork Trailhead. Ascend along the creek most of the way to the Art Loeb Trail at the top of the ridge (approximately 4.1 miles). Turn right. You'll see Shining Rock after about 0.5 miles. Stay to the right and ascend uphill near the rock. Just past the trail on the left that leads to the top of the rock for spectacular views look for a faint trail on the right. Turn here on Old Butt Knob Trail. This junction may be difficult to recognize. Continue down this trail to rock outcrops with great views. Continue descending until you intersect with Shining Creek Trail again. Turn left to return to the trailhead.Show more
#9 - Big East Fork Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
#10 - Shining Rock Wilderness Loop via Art Loeb Trail
Middle Prong Wilderness
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
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