Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Family stopped for restroom break. Saw about 15 elk, really cool experience.

hiking
17 hours ago

Nice hike on gravel road. the views we good, even on a cloudy, snowy day.

Lots of switchbacks but still pretty steep. Fairly difficult but the view is worth it.

mountain biking
1 day ago

My fastest time someone came and cleaned up a lot of the debris

Nice trail. Some sections are marked. Others are not so take a trail map. There are currently trees across portions of the trail. One area at the stream has been marked with survey tape. Without the tape we would have had trouble keeping on the trail.

Suggest if you’re on a winter day trip start before noon. It took us longer than expected due the trail detours.

1 day ago

Great multiple usage Trail.
Primarily a mountain bike trail so pay attention to the hiking path direction so as bikes will be coming from the opposite direction.
Head on....so there’s plenty of time to see fast moving bikes.
Some real pro riders full speed ahead!
Appreciate the mixed usage. Thanks trail maintainers!

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty winter hike. Trees and shrubs at higher elevations were dusted with ice crystals. As others have said, the trail is quite steep and rocky for a little over two miles. After the turn to the Pinnacle the trail gets much easier and your legs get a nice break. Great views at the Pinnacle - be sure to follow the small trail through the underbrush to reach the Pinnacle at the very end. I had a Raven circling right over my head at the top, calling. The steep downhill on the way back takes a toll on your legs. I’d recommend extending trekking poles on the way back. If you’re finishing in the dark, like I did, be sure and take a headlamp. The rocks on the trail look like they’d make great ankle-turners.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a tough trail due to the incline going up. Lots of nice openings where you catch a glimpse of small town Sylva. Once you get to the “top” where you break off and go toward the pinnacle (1.4miles I believe) it’s cake. Every drop of sweat was worth it when you walk out of the clearing for the view. It was amazing. Brought my jet boil and had some lunch and tea and made my way down. It was cold (35) but that was nice while hiking up. Definitely doing it again in the spring!

nice easy paved hike. Some down trees and debris across pavement.

Beautiful day great easy hike to start out 2019,

Beautiful day great easy hike to start 2019. Lots of trees down and a couple of land slides, but the road is in good shape.

My wife and I hiked this trail today in great but seasonally cool weather. It was still muddy in places, but overall in pretty good shape. We are in our 60’s, but seasoned hikers and found the upper section of Big Piney challenging but certainly a good hike. We only hiked Big Piney in and out, which was a great afternoon hike.

Amazing and tough.

I haven't been on a hike in some time so it was somewhat hard at times but I enjoyed it! would definitely recommend this hike!

nice clean easy restful walk.

moderately steep to steep. the best view is about halfway up on a sloping rock. not much of a view at the top but making it to the top is the fun part

this is one of my favorite short hikes. hiking through fir forest to the rocky outcrop at the top. has some of the best views around. the black mountains to the north, craggy mtns to the west and greybeard mtn to the southwest

2 days ago

starts off easy but gets steep in a hurry. one of my go to trails for an afternoon hike. the views at the rocks on the ridge top are awesome. on clear days table rock and hawk's bill in the linville gorge can be seen to the east

nice for trail running. steep at the bottom and levels off somewhat on the ridgetop. one of the most ridden bike trails in the area so watch out for mountain bikers

super hike with tremendous views of the east side of greybeard mountain and the "Pinnacle" the highest point in McDowell county

good day hike. remember to pack enough clothes with elevation change from bottom to the top the temperature and weather can change pretty quickly.

good hike or backpack to the top and camp overnight like we did. better be in good shape to hike this one, nice vertical ascends, some narrow areas plus a few wet areas. take emergency supplies with you if your just hiking, plenty of water, maybe some light first aid. there was only one problem we didn't have enough time to hike more. this is absolutely beautiful you have to see it for yourself. get out and enjoy our state and national parks. we are headed to Colorado next then back to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
2 days ago

Had a great photo hike with my wife. The trail was clear but had much debris from recent storms in the form of downed trees. The paths were clear though.

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
2 days ago

My wife and I went as a photo hike. The trails were closed to the public so we took another trail nearby. I know the recent storms hit the area hard and it shows in these trails with many downed trees and debris along the paths.

Dog friendly trail, nice view on the overlook

I live close and use this trail often. perfect for short strenuous trail runs. good mix of steady up hill to steep switchbacks. and the view near the top isn't bad. plus two waterfalls

great walk in spring

excellent paved trail for hiking and biking

This trail is sick. If you are an intermediate mountain biker like me this climb is very good practice. It’s all worth it when you get to five points and you see the view. It’s a little narrow for riders the be coming from both ways but other than that it’s great. Ride on

This trail is sick. If you are an intermediate mountain biker like me this climb is very good practice. It’s all worth it when you get to five points and you see the view. It’s a little narrow for riders the be coming from both ways but other than that it’s great. Ride on

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