Best trails in Sylva

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Looking for a great trail near Sylva, North Carolina? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Blue Valley Experimental Forest. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Sylva ranging from 4.8 to 10.1 miles and from 3,005 to 6,286 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Sylva
Top trails (10)
#1 - The Pinnacle Trail
Pinnacle Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
Great backwoods hike. Very steep and great views. Quite rocky so a great workout.Show more
#2 - Blackrock Mountain Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Blackrock Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarilShow more
#3 - Browning Knob and Waterrock Knob
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Please note that the restrooms are currently closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#4 - Fort Ridge Overlook to Waterrock Knob
Pisgah Game Land
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h
Fort Ridge Overlook to Waterrock Knob is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trailShow more
#5 - Plott Balsam via Waterrock Knob Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
Plott Balsam via Waterrock Knob Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult anShow more
#6 - Black Rock Mountain via Fisher Creek
Pinnacle Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
Black Rock Mountain via Fisher Creek is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trailShow more
#7 - Yellow Face Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 59 m
Yellow Face Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#8 - Blackrock Mountain and The Pinnacle
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
Blackrock Mountain and The Pinnacle is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experShow more
#9 - Woodfin Cascades Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 18 m
Woodfin Cascades Overlook is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#10 - Trail #1 and #1A
Balsam Mountain Preserve
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
Trail #1 and #1A is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more