Explore the most popular partially paved 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.

excellent paved trail for hiking and biking

Closed due to government shutdown...

2 days ago

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

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.

great area

Bear Island is a beautiful hike. Florence did her damage but they have worked hard to restore the island

Wonderful place! You can swim, fish, hike and more. I definitely recommend this place.

We continued on and did the art to heart trail. It's an enjoyable run/walk because you get some unique things to look at, and there are some solid hills in there too.

trail running
8 days ago

Paved loop trail, decent for running or walking.

Beautiful waterfall

Gate was closed when we went. probably because of lots of fallen trees blocking the paths. Kayak pier is also broken.

Brp still closed, but the walk there wasn't so bad from the barricaded gate. Nothing crazy hard, if I can do it, anyone can do it! My first ever view of a waterfall, very pretty for a first timer

9 days ago

Great place to take the family for hiking, fishing or just having a picnic.

Good trail for what it is. Pretty simple, long, flat, and well maintained. Highly traveled.

Great off season winter hike. much less traffic. very moderate fun hike.


10 days ago

Great moderate hike. I recommend hiking shoes for the winter. Part of the trail is rough terrain and the other part is cement. We went after a week of no stop raining and the terrain part was very muddy, hence why you will need waterproof hiking shoes. You get to view some great scenic points. Lots to view and observe. The terrain and paved area varies in elevation, so be ready to feel the burn going up those hills.

easy 5k if run straight to parking lot and trail is marked well for running ... little soggy but that's mother nature

Mixed review, the unpaved portion through the woods is awesome, it's like a wooded playground for deer with wide sweeping hills and heavy duty bridges through a mature forest and along a scenic creek. The paved portion from the park is along Honeycutt Road and not too interesting. I'd recommend hiking the trail from the Raven Ridge trailhead and going between the orange vest boxes to the intersection of Honeycutt and Durant. Do wear blaze orange as this is open gameland. The gray trail blazes are sometimes hard to find as they blend in with the trees, especially just after entering the forest on the Raven Ridge end.

12 days ago

Nice views of the local area, cool rock. Good little waterfalls. Slippery when wet and crowded.

I walked this trail with my sister and husband and my son to get his final miles in for his merit badge. Walked the entire trail on Thanksgiving day!

Excellent gravel trail. Great for biking and running. Beautiful views of the lake.

Gorgeous views

road biking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail but somewhat mediocre for road biking. Mostly packed earth with fair number of ruts, eroded areas and washouts, so probably better for mountain bikes or hybrids. I was here in late Dec, but I bet this venue is gorgeous in the fall. I'd love to come back during that season with a different bike. The map provided at the marina is virtually worthless, so I recommend seeking out a better one online.

16 days ago

Great paved trail for parents with young kids and also dogs. Was not very crowded and lots of open space for kids to run. Not a lot to see besides open meadows on the paved trail, but very safe for kids. Not a lot of benches and one port-a-John located at beginning of trail.

Beautiful fall and easy to get to but the stairs my be challenging going back up.

Love this park. Great views of the lake, however, there are way too many people.

19 days ago

Oh my gosh words can’t describe how beautiful it was the water was flowing amazing

This walk was very easy, flat terrain, dog friendly. The trail goes along the river, very pretty. We passed multiple other dogs and there's a close road to the trail so I reccomend keeping your dog on a leash. We started the hike at the beginning of Blue Ridge Pkwy and went down to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sign, took a photo and came back.

Nice paved trail. Great for the family (including dogs)!

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