Explore the most popular forest trails in North Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

it is a fun trail. lots of people. it's really only 8 miles, not 10. we did the exact trail with avanza, all trails, and a Garmin....all were slightly over 8 miles.

It's a beautiful trail with some breathtaking views. Definitely recommend the little detour up to the lookout. We made it to the outlook while the sun was setting it was gorgeous.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great side trail off Raven rock. We stopped at the end and eat our lunch while listening to the cascading water. Just a wonderful day

The rangers told us that this was a better trail then heading to see the “falls” surfing the winter. So glad we listened. Our Saint Bernard, Ginger; got so much love from everyone. We loved seeing all the families our hiking ! Perfectly marked and thanks for the stairs!

Great trail with winter views of Green River.
Muddy in spots and a couple stream crossings. It was cold so fun to see icicles hanging every where.

Awesome day hiking Rainbow Falls and Turtle Back today. Very cold temp dropping down to below 20 degrees; however, we managed to get some good shot(s) of the falls as well as the rainbow! Good times.

trail is ok runs along the blueridge parkway long way to a view spot not marked well there arevway better trails in the area

This trail requires crossing the Eno river two times without a bridge. So if the river is high, as it was today, or the water is cold, then you’ll have to turn back fairly early on.

hiking
muddy
18 hours ago

Well defined trail but muddy in a lot of spots but otherwise a nice easy afternoon walk.

hiking
18 hours ago

Great, quiet trail with winter views at the summit. Could use some switchbacks, as some parts are pretty steep. The snow and snow melt today caused for a bit of a slippery decent.
Not much foot traffic to worry about since there are only about three or four parking spots.
The drive in takes a bit of prior knowledge, as there are two gates to open and close. Look up Bailey Mountain Foundation for maps and directions.
Nice hike to start the new year!

Gorgeous day but cold so not many people out on the trails. Lots of mud

hiking
20 hours ago

MLD day hike

hiking
21 hours ago

If was little wet and muddy because of the rain. It was a great hike. Worth doing hike on it.

Fantastic dog friendly trail!

Very muddy and with several short and a couple long creek/river crossings. Lovely gentle up and down forest.

An easy and very short walk to the falls. The water was high today so getting to the base was a little crowded. You basically can slide down to a rock or walk out on a larger boulder earlier in the path. Pretty waterfall and seems it would be good for swimming in warmer months.

Huge waterfall, the largest East of the Rockies. Easy paved path to the falls top viewing and then nice stairs to the lower viewing deck . Not really a hike. It was very popular with children and families today. I only went down to the lower viewing deck bc you can’t see the falls if you go any further.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice 2.5 mile hike up to great view. If you decide to try it, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a trash or grocery bag, as most folks who visit this website might be inclined to help de-trash the route on the way back down. 2 years ago we filled up a LARGE kitchen bag in one trip. Since then it has improved thanks to people pitching in.

finally got to run this trail yesterday. moderate amount of traffic. trail was very well marked.

closed
off trail
over grown
washed out
1 day ago

went for a day hike with family and friends. area is still in ruins from the hurricane this past September. the recreation area is barricaded from the horse trailer parking area on in. the trail starts with plenty of fallen trees to go over and under. once we got past THOSE trees, then we attempted to follow the trail where we could. needless to say, we went about 4 miles in and then back.

I've hiked this trail several times prior to Hurricane Flo; it certainly did a number on this area. it appears several years will pass before this trail returns to 'normalcy'.

trail running
blowdown
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Ran the out and back from Deep Creek Trailhead to Newfoundland Gap Road for a total of roughly 28.4 (Garmin). Lots of washout and blowdown along the creek in spots but not too bad. Snow up high. Great route

My review of this trail should not be taken as gospel because I did this on a very foggy and rainy day. I cannot speak to any views on the trails, but I do have a couple of thoughts. This is a bike trail. There weren’t a lot the day I was there, but I can imagine on a weekend or a nice day, it would be busy. Given that it is a bike trail, there is a ton of mud, which made it frustrating after so much recent rain. You will also get a lot of road noise from I-40. I imagine that the views of that could be interesting, but again because of the weather I didn’t get a chance to see.

Don’t let my review deter you, but honestly there are a lot of other good trails in the area that I would recommend over this one.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Great trail. Very muddy in spots after a rain. Good workout

The trail is relatively short and not too challenging, and has a lot of great views of the waterfall, which was much bigger in person than I expected. Be sure to keep an eye out for trail offshoots that lead closer to the falls for even better views (we found one that put us literally right next to it).

One of my favorite hikes! One great thing is if you don’t want to hike or are unable to do the amount of walking, the view from the parking lot is just as breathtaking!

hiking
1 day ago

Litter everywhere... oddly enough it was all MRE trash and blank link 7.62....

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Muddy, so be carefully with footing. Lots of ferns!

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Nice

1/1/19 - Lovely hike. Much less strenuous than one might expect. While we didn’t trek all the way to the summit (stopped and ate our lunch at the favorable bald of the Swag). 13.3m out to that point and back via my GPS.

Do not recommend this trail. Conditions are not great for having a safe hike.

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