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.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
20 hours 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
20 hours 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

great walk in spring

excellent paved trail for hiking and biking

walking
1 day ago

Very nice walking/running path. I always feel safe walking this path - there’s a nice, friendly mix of folks you’ll encounter as you do the loop.

We were in town and mom took me for a unexpected walk. It was fun but it was sidewalks and I like natural trails better. It was too cold out for mom so it was a short walk. They were doing a lot of maintenance work so it wasn’t scenic. I need to go back when mom’s not cold & the construction workers aren’t there.

Trail is undulating and cross crosses the creek a number of times. Relatively easy hike, but we were only able to complete the mid-section of the trail due to limited time and trail closures. Hurricane damage is still all over this trail. But trail is well marked.

Easy hike with beautiful views! I Recommend hiking this early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise without crowds:)

Great Urban Trail

Must do super easy to follow simple trail. Amazing views in the winter when it is covered by snow. Almost empty when we did it.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Kinda sketchy drive to the waterfall but totally worth it. This is an easy and short trail. Was completely empty when we visited. The view is espectacular and you might be tempted to jump off the water fall. Please do not do that read the signs there have been fatal accidents at this location. Enjoy the view enjoy the sounds that should be enough !!

on Jackrabbit Trail

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is good for hikers and bikers, total of 14 miles . I did the 3.1 white trail, it was hard packed, you saw part of Chatuge lakes peninsulas. The trail is a stacked loop design so all 8 trails are connected to a core trail , which makes it easy to build on. I really enjoyed this trail, I found myself stopping often to read the wonderful signage about all the forest landscape. What a learning experience too. Well maintained ,clean restrooms, easy to find and lots of parking.

walking
3 days ago

Great trail but the natural part is quite roots w narrow path

good for kids would be great in summer

Great family hike. Good for kids and well maintained trail.

Beautiful and oh, so crowded because of it. Being able to walk behind the falls made me feel like I was back in Oregon. Right off the road. Sidewalks and some stairs, all the way to the falls, then there is a little gate where you can walk behind the falls.

I did this trail in January. It was 7 miles for me. The National Forest Road was closed (because of the shutdown I guess) so I parked off of 215 and hiked up the park road. It was a nice hike and beautiful out so I’m actually glad I couldn’t drive it. There are some inclines near the end, if you hike the road but they aren’t bad. Bring water and snacks and spend some time at the falls before you head back if you do the 7 miles. If you do drive, the road is well maintained. I don’t think there is any reason a standard car couldn’t get up the road, maybe if there was snow perhaps it would be harder. There were lots of limbs in the road when I went however. The falls were a little harder to find. The guy below who mentions the trailhead after the 4th bridge is correct. It’s harder to miss if you’re hiking, but if you’re driving, keep an eye out for the 4th bridge. The app gave me directions down to the falls which was super steep and didn’t look safe. It appears there are a few ways down to the falls people have attempted from the trails they have left. The safest way, continue on the trail, following the red marks on the trees. At the tree with the 2 red painted marks (they look like a pause button) there is a small trail to the left that leads you down to the falls, over an old, worn, short wooden boardwalk that leads to the steps people have mentioned. I didn’t think it was steep at all but I hike often. I attempted one of the other ways down I saw initially, but abandoned it bc it was way too steep to do alone. The trail by the red marks is way safer and obviously the way I was supposed to go. You’re going to see the falls and think it’s time to descend but keep going just a little farther until you see the red marks and go down and backtrack just a little to the falls. The falls are gorgeous! Also, I met a couple of other hikers who had come across a few harmless snakes on their hike in through the Cove trail. Yes, snakes in January.

I did this trail in December and mostly had it to myself on a rare sunny day in the middle of the week. The falls are huge and breathtaking. The trail is well maintained with some small inclines. There was a little ice on the inclines when I went which made it a little slippery in spots but not bad. The stairs down to the falls are worth the effort. A good short little hike and workout.

I did this little trail in December before the snowstorm forced its closure. It’s a nice, easy trail and great place to enjoy the fresh air and just get outside. The boardwalks would make a great scene for a photo shoot in the fall. There were remnants of fall color when I went and I bet it’s stunning in the peak of fall. The falls are small and several people have attempted to climb them and fallen off and died...

trail running
3 days ago

great trail. beautiful

Beautiful falls but very crowded at times. It’s right off the road and you can pull over and see the falls without even walking down. I’ve been once and had no one around. I got lucky I guess! Beautiful places are popular for a reason though.

I took this little trail in December. I had it all to myself. It’s a nice little waterfall and peaceful place to be outside. Good for families with children.

I had this little gem all to myself one sunny January day in the middle of the week. Jill F below gives a perfect explanation on how to find the trail. It’s not very clear from the parking lot or even the trailhead map. Her directions are right on. I do consider this an easy hike. I’m not sure why people think the end was harder. I will post pics of the trail and which way to go for people curious. The falls were beautiful and peaceful, especially having them all to myself.

Beautiful hike, even with sleet. 4.9 miles on the loop.

Nice paved trail. Pretty river views.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked the loop counter clock wise. Very well maintained and enjoyable 6 mile hike from parking lot back to parking lot. Flowed well with various up and down hill intervals. Walking beside the creek in many places added a nice peaceful touch to the hike. So history to the location and cool seeing the old damn where the mill was located. Highly recommend for a quick hike and get away.

Great hike. You will cross streams to wear waterproof shoes

hiking
4 days ago

Cool trail easy to navigate and has signs all over that teach about the flora and geology. Be careful when walking on the rocks at the top as they might be slippery

Was a little hard at first due to the previous day frozen rain but totally worth the "dangers". Breathtaking view at the top. Make sure to check out the tallest point for another amazing view
No crows at all in Jan. Accessible even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed

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