Explore the most popular river 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
2 days ago

this Trail is listed as hard but I imagine it's because there's a gradual incline most of the hike. Periodically there are sharper climbs with quicker elevation and some Slippery Rock When Wet. this hike is it should be listed as heavy moderate. when you do reach the summit and you step out onto the looking rock it'll make every one of your steps worthwhile. The view is absolutely Majestic.

hiking
2 days ago

I did this hike last week. I had my 4 legged hiking buddy along. She was able to do everything with ease. There was one rock i had to lift her over going up and down.

It took less than 30 minutes to get to the turn for the narrows so we hiked past it to the next turn off that went to the river. I dont recall the name of the trail now but it is on the map. It led to a beautiful area that I am glad we got to see. No one was there. Yay! So if you are concerned about the scramble down to the narrows, just keep going down to the next trail. Both areas were beautiful and I would most likely go to both again. Im not sure how to share pictures after the fact so I guess you will just have to go take your own. :)
Happy hiking

hiking
2 days ago

This was my first visit to Catawba Falls. I tend to stick to less traveled trails but I had a friend with that had been to the upper falls and he assured me it would be less populated. Being a Monday morning there were already not as many people there.

I would say that it is a walk to the lower falls and a scramble to the upper. I remembered to turn on the recorder today which shows the route up. There were a few options and it makes a loop going up. we went to the right at the fork which was a more difficult trail but we (I) wanted to do the easier route coming down. Because it had rained recently the trail was a little slippery so I mostly slid down on my butt. I thought that was a better option than falling down the mountain.

The upper falls were beautiful and worth the climb if you like that sort of thing. (I do). We did have to lift the dog up and down in a few places. I will definitely do this hike again. All in all it was less than 4 miles so not really a workout but it was fun.

steep going down and coming up but it's pretty short. Beautiful!!! camping spots everywhere along the river. Great hike. stayed 3 days.

Did this trail with my partner. We're both not in great shape and this trail offered a great challenge and reward. first time through we took a right at the fork and almost went into private property. Came back the next day and went the proper way. As others have said there are lots of downed trees. Some climbing is required in certain parts. The falls are beautiful. Be careful!

Panthertown is covered in intersecting trails, so have a map or this app ready for reference. The trail itself is a wide road until you reach the intersection at the beginning of the loop. We went right first. The trail was super muddy and waterlogged, so wear your waterproof shoes. Once on top of Little Green, the views are amazing! Exposed rock, heather and moss, and views for miles make it worth the uphill trek. It’s a great place to stop and take a water break. Once you’re at the bottom of the loop, the fall is right there with a large pool for you to swim/wade in. Be mindful of dogs and horses on this trail, and other campers. Overall, it was super fun and would definitely go back. I’d recommend it for the intermediate hiker.

We attempted this loop last winter. After reading how much work, and not a lot of payoff the Old butt knob portion was, we decided to take the Shining Creek Path up to the Art Loeb trail, and finish the loop back from there. First off, either way you cut it, that trail was absolutely NO JOKE. As a pretty seasoned hiker and recent Army vet with tons of rugged terrain and rucking under my belt, that first stretch to the Art Loeb absolutely destroyed us. We had every intention of taking 2 1/2 days and doing the full loop, after the 1st day of getting my butt handed to me from almost sun-up to sun-down, we decided to turn around and call the trip early and hiked back down and out the next day. Will not be attempting this one again without better conditioning.

hiking
2 days ago

I don’t know what kind of joke y’all are trying to play but this trial isn’t easy or moderate. This trail is one that you have to be an expert hiker in order to climb it. Not to mention the directions in order to get there are terrible...cause there are none. Best of luck to whoever attempts this trial.

It’s worth it remember to see both sides of the falls! Then head to the North Carolina rock museum place up st Kings overland !!!! Learn about the geology of Linville!

hiking
3 days ago

Interesting history and great scenery. Free to get in. Not sure if this always occurs, but there were bagpipers playing when I visited on a Sunday.

hiking
3 days ago

Difficult hike, it is a continuous incline the majority of the time. Take breaks but you’ll make it. Nice views but we unknowing walked past snooks nose as there was no signage and views weren’t spectacular. Nice hike if you are camping in the area, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Amazing trail in mid October!

Great hike. Took four girls ages 11-15. They were thrilled. Wife went with as well and was less thrilled but she’s not a big trail fan. She made it without issue. Nice views and while perhaps not the best hike for a total trail junkie it’s a nice family hike with just enough difficulty to be interesting but not enough to wear you out. As mentioned in other reviews to get to the falls you need to take a left before the metal bridge as your following the BFT around to the right from the restrooms.

Not a long trail, but very pretty.

Gorgeous views from the top! Worth the climb.

Some nice waterfalls via a short hike. Can get very crowded. If you continue down the trail from the falls, crowds will fall off and you'll find some solitude. Nice hike.

Starts off easy, then a bit of a challenge and the closer you get to the falls the stairs seems to go straight up making it a strenuous hike. Lots of boulders and tree roots to maneuver over. Lots of smaller falls on your way to the big one.

Great little circuit. The views are surprisingly good for The triangle area.

Super short and easy walk through the woods for an awesome view under the falls. I went mid-week while it was raining after the tropical storm came through and the falls were beautiful. Only saw 2 other people mid-week. Highly recommend after a good rain if you’re close by or for a slight detour. The path only had a minor amount of flooding that was avoidable.

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing!! One of my favorite places to hike

We drove 2:30 hrs just to hike here! And we had a great time. Our Lab had so much fun with the water and the hike:) a little damage from Hurricane but we can’t complain about it, we were just grateful the trails are still available.

on Moore Cove Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

The trail has easy access just off Hwy 276. Easy to moderate climb. The day we were there is was pretty busy. The falls are pretty cool, you can walk behind them which I thought was neat. We followed a side trail just of the base of the main falls and found another trail that took us another falls which we had all to ourselves.

A great moderate trail. Ups and downs make the trail better but then just an easy walk. A nice overlook helps the ambiance. Take the dog and take kids over 8.

Awesome..!

hiking
4 days ago

Recent floods have washed lots of sand onto the trail near the river. Also a bit muddy. Offers nice views of the bluffs across the Dan River and is a nice walk through the woods on the high side.

walking
4 days ago

Enjoyable walk with good scenery.

great getting the kids out when they were young biking. dangerous if trying to log miles on a road bike and keep a 10mph pace. kids or dogs jump in front of you. never the less get out very early and log some miles. great bridges nice river views. after heavy rains and flooding expect trail damage

Amazing views! Highly recommended!! Do the whole loop and you’ll see how different the landscape can be on top of vs. base of the mountain. Pick your poison: traveling counter-clockwise will mean wide uneven steps going down and standard wooden stairs going up, clockwise gives you the uneven stairs going up and wooden down. Any way you slice it LOTS of stairs. Strenuous at some points. Took us 3 hours with dogs.

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