Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Not super hard, but if you are 50 like me you need to be in shape. I did it without issue. I have seen many average cars on the road in and they don’t have issues with it, but if you only have 3 or 4 inches of clearance don’t try the drive in.

hiking
5 hours ago

A very easy trail with wonderful views

hiking
6 hours ago

What an incredible waterfall and a bit unexpected as you reach the bridge and witness this incredible natural beauty. This rainy year has made these waterfalls especially beautiful. An easy hike but about 160 stairs to climb. So worth the stair climbing.

This is a super easy trail, relatively flat and not too rooty, but still quite nice. it is rare to come across many people in the leg past the bridge. You are also along the banks of Lake Brandt almost the entire time so you have a nice cool breeze in sumer. Plenty of wildlife, herons and gulls in the lake, an occasional snake, and deer tend to hang out in the area a lot as well.

Unspectacular peak just off the BRP on the Mountains To Sea Trail. The actually HP is a few yards off trail near the crest. No views. Best done in conjunction with the Big Butt hike.

nice view from the top.

Don't go on a rainy day. very muddy and you will get your feet/shoes wet. fall would be better. not very scenic.

Great hike, some obstacles but well worth the small hike to the falls.

I live up here and this is my favorite hike to take especially when fall hits.

Horse POOP every 25 to 50 feet! Half way into the hike even the dog knew to walk around when we yelled the “poop” warning.
Enjoy the auto traffic the last 2 miles.

hiking
14 hours ago

Viewed the lower falls and then hiked to the upper falls. The trail to upper was pretty muddy but not at all un-passable. We hiked back to the parking lot by going on the graveyard fields trail to add some variety. Lower falls were very crowded but the hike to upper falls had more solitude and when we arrived at the upper falls we were the only ones there.

hiking
14 hours ago

This was a great trail with lots of shade. There were a few nice spots where the view of the lake was awesome. The kudzu at the end of the trail was a nice surprise. The trail is pretty flat, but the woods are pretty. We also got to see a mama deer and her fawn.

I moved from Fayetteville 10 years ago and pleasantly surprised when I visited this year at the improvements, beautiful welcome/learning center. I took my niece and had an incredible time! We went off the path, which allowed me to see parts I had not previously explored. I cannot wait for my next trip! This is family and pet friendly, lots of shade.

I really enjoyed this trail! A nice, shaded walk down to the falls. I would rate it as moderate though. Even though it's short, the hike out is entirely uphill with some steep sections. The falls are gorgeous! I do recommend watching your step while playing around the rocks at the falls. Snakes enjoy sunning there. We stumbled upon two while there. We also saw lots of interesting mushrooms along the trail.

Not a fan. This trail is not well maintained, which increases its difficulty. It’s also worth noting that this is not a destination trail to the falls, but rather some falls located along 24 miles of total trail.

We took kids ages 7 and 3. Okay for the seven year old, not for the 3. I’ll pass on doing this one again.

road biking
16 hours ago

Very tough going up....fun city going down!

on Lake Lomond

16 hours ago

Paved trail great for all levels. Good way to walk off dinner.

16 hours ago

Great paved trail for a little stroll.

A most favorite place to be. Walk, run, sit, paint, sketch, photograph, walk the dog.

Deep gap has a great camping site about 0.65 miles from trailhead and a short walk to falls

Nice laid back walking trail. Easy for all experience levels

on Lake Pine Loop

20 hours ago

Great trail for everything from hiking, running, and family walks. 2 mile paved loop, with a nice dirt trail close to the lake.

Easy .4 walk just a lot of steps but beautiful, shaded walk up.Totally worth the amazing waterfall.

nature trips
1 day ago

When you get there, they have tons of parking area with a gift shop and bathrooms. The hike is easy but some is uphill. Beautiful views! They keep the area very clean and have wide trails. A lot of people go there! I'll be going back for sure!

Nice short hike. Small falls but still worth the time.

Nice easy hike for an afternoon outing. Stairs can be a little slick at the bottom.

Beautiful scenery!

Great trail. Spectacular view.

walking
1 day ago

Beautiful scenery.

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