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Best trails in Waynesville

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Looking for a great trail near Waynesville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 31 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 around Gorges State Park or Jones Gap State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Richmond Hill Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 16 hard trails in Waynesville ranging from 7.3 to 32.9 miles and from 1,617 to 6,325 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 Waynesville
Top trails (31)
#1 - Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Note: It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#2 - Waterrock Knob Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 40 m
Please note that the Blue Ridge Parkway closes seasonally due to snow and hazardous conditions. Please contact the park before visiting during the winter.Show more
#3 - Big Creek Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
Big Creek Trail is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#4 - The Boogerman Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
The Boogerman Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, runShow more
#5 - Lake Junaluska Trail
Waynesville, North Carolina
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 56 m
Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Loop trail around the lake with great views of the mountains.Show more
#6 - Mount Sterling Overnight Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 9 h 42 m
Mount Sterling Overnight Loop Trail is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarilyShow more
#7 - Cataloochee Divide Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 7 h 27 m
Four season trail offers something year round This trail offers something year round, spring wild flowers, summer high elevation for cooler temps, fall foliage and winter views with usually a little Show more
#8 - Little Cataloochee Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
Little Cataloochee Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primShow more
#9 - Purchase Knob Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 29 m
Users have reported that there is a closed gate on the road leading to the trailhead, adding 1.5 miles each way.Show more
#10 - Hemphill Bald via Cataloochee Divide Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
The Hemphill Bald trail offers some of the finest viewpoints in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Please note, Heintooga Ridge Road seasonally closes from November 1 to early May. The gate is very Show more
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