Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Well worth the effort. Only a few other people on the trail and had the falls all to myself.

Secluded beautiful waterfall - the trail was a little boring for kids, but easy.

Very nice and easy walking. Long but easy!!

Wide trail with surprisingly open high meadows. Must climb the tower and feel the cool breeze at the pinnacle! Watch for horse evidence.

wonderful trail in the shade!

bear encounter

In April of 2018, did most of this trail. Nice hike while camping in the area. Took a short recommended detour to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center just off the trail then returned to the trailhead due to other time commitments.

first trail hike in quite a log time. not too difficult and saw alot of wildlife. good hike

It was a good trail, but I would not recommend it for anyone’s first time backpacking or camping. It had rained the few days prior to me and my gf doing it and the creeks were so full and crossing them was pretty dangerous. But overall a great trip. Plan for it to take 2-2.5 full days to complete the trail if it has rained recently.

Great trail, well maintained and ability to see 4 falls if you know where to look!

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

The parking lot is unimproved dirt and is medium sized so it fills quickly. (I was almost the first car in the lot when I got there and after hiking Hooker-Triple-High Falls the lot was packed and cars lined both sides of the road.) Hooker Falls Trail leads to a popular swimming area at the base of the falls and is only minutes from the parking lot. After an easy walk to view this small falls, double back, cross the bridge, and head uphill to the beautiful Triple Falls and further up to High Falls. At Triple Falls there is a long set of wooden steps that lead you to a flat rock landing between the 2nd and 3rd falls and is an excellent spot to view and photograph all three of the Triple Falls. (Don't miss this.) The viewing area has a single wire cable preventing visitors from straying too near the falls but kids could walk right under it. High Falls is a beautiful, long double cascade with a covered bridge at the top and can be easily seen from the viewing area along the trail.

on Bridal Veil Falls

13 days ago

moderate trail. fun

We went on the trail after a thunderstorm had come through. Waterfalls were muddy but spectacular to see. Not all of this loop was easy. The mountain ascent was steep for this lady who’s just starting to do longer hikes.

About a 5.25 mike hike from the Moses Cone parking lot. The hike was beautiful but not too difficult, the path is well maintained and wide. We took our dog as well as our infant with us with no problem, the biggest plus was that the tower at the end of the trail is still in use (not closed).

hiking
16 days ago

The first part of the trail is nice to see all of the Tubers having fun. MAKE SURE that you all take the right after the bridge to the LOOP trail and DONT go left to the Deep Creek Trail or you will hike for miles!!!!! We ended up going at least 10 extra miles!

Easy trail, well marked. A few wet areas and a small creek but you can stay dry crossing. 4.66 miles according to Fit Bit

hiking
19 days ago

Favorite trail in pisgah! We hike this one every visit. Lots of little creek crossings and just a cool environment. Lightly traveled, we usually only come across just a few people. Dog loves it. We typically start from the Buckhorn Gap trailhead.

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail and can be done with kids!

Be careful trying to take the shortcuts coming down. We ended up following a game trail that dumped us almost 4 miles down the parkway.

We were looking for a toddler friendly trail. The wildflowers and wildlife made it beautiful and the gravel made it easy.

hiking
24 days ago

The hike is super steep so wear the right shoes. Gorgeous falls and completely worth the hike.

Nice and easy hike, with pretty waterfalls.
We’ll go back sometime!

This is a very nice loop around the lake. The trail is wide and nice lake views.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice hike

I did this trip in July with my 10 year old daughter who was carrying her own pack for the first time. We did it in 2 nights instead just an overnight. The first night we stayed at 37 after a pretty easy day. The second day was much more strenuous, going up hill for 5 miles. But site 38 is worth it. Beautiful views and sunset from the fire tower. The last day was all down hill back to big creek. I'll always have fond memories of the trip.

We were visiting the area, and several locals told us we had to make this hike. Midnight hike is the popular attraction, several people were swimming there, but the real beauty is Mouse Creek Falls. Be prepared, this hike is uphill the whole way there, and the trail gets pretty rocky.

a cool waterfall! the trail to get there isn't my favorite (it's all gravel roads), but the view at the end is worth it. passing lake julia and fawn lake is also nice.

The trail is well maintained, so expect to do this fairly quickly for a 21 miler (did it in about 8hours). It was cloudy and rainy, so that might have affected my experience, but I felt it was all that great. The best view points are at the begining, doing the whole loop is a bit excessive.

The meadow at the base of the mountain, around the Cone cemetery, is our favorite spot for wildflowers in the area.

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