Explore the most popular 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.

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Took my two pups with me and the people were VERY rude. Not a bad place to go when not busy but definitely don’t see myself going again. I have two lab mixes and it was their first time and honestly can’t imagine taking them to such a hostile environment again!

Took my dog today, and only ran into a couple of people along the way. Pretty easy walk, but we kept up a faster pace and got a nice workout from it! I will be going back. We both enjoyed stopping at the creek crossings for a rest and a drink of water.

Everything you could want. Awesome art indoors and out and trails! Loved this place.

Great trail to clear the mind!

Amazing views at the top. Very steep climb. Not quite an easy rating. Not very busy with people. Will be going back to this one.

beautiful trail, whent in the summer last year. make sure you have at least 2 hours for this trail

I took a right at the junction at the beginning of the loop which was more of a challenge then just taking the gravel road to the top, lots of steps. Either way it was beautiful. Very wet and muddy in spots. I love all the trees and green all around. The top was awesome with amazing panoramic views. I was fortunate enough to watch the sunrise and see clouds hovering around the trees down below. I had it all to myself.It was pretty epic

Nicely shaded and dappled sunlight trail, easy to moderate, with pretty Mountain Laurel blooming this time of year. We choose to turn at Brushy Creek Trail and went as far as the wooden bridge where there were some cascades. Will return to try the longer round trip.

Great little loop with amazing falls half way through. Because of the rain the trail was wet, muddy, and parts were slippery, also watch your step with roots sticking out of the ground. The falls were really beautiful and really healthy, again because of the rain.

It had been raining a few days so naturally the trail was wet and muddy. Very green, lots of trees and vegitaion, it was a beautiful hike. The falls are pretty sweet.

This trail was incredible! The views were amazing throughout the entire hike. Definitely a strenuous workout but well worth it.

Turn in at the church and drive up to the extended parking for the waterfall trail. The falls are not well marked at entrance, but falls trail is very clear once parked. The walk is short but fairly steep. There are three benches for a rest on the way up. Then, there is a short walk down to the falls, which are impressive! Great payoff for kid hikers!

Beautiful serene hike would definitely recommend

Being local, we love this trail. I will say that as we have seen people trying this, it's not for small children. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike depending on whether or not you like to stop and enjoy the scenery. As someone else mention, we prefer to take the left fork and work our way "backwards". In heavy rains the trail is often flooded, but it offers fun, multiple creek crossings, beautiful canopies of woodlands, several ladder climbs, steep inclines and a beautiful open meadow that is full of blackberries in the summer. Enjoy!!!

Great hike! Other than a few rattlesnakes it was spectacular!

So many bugs but very worth it and the ocean view at the end of the trail was a great and beautiful surprise

on Rough Ridge

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike to some amazing views!

Basically a nice 4 mile loop on gravel fire roads in lush and quiet Duke Forest. Some nice gradual ups and downs to a concrete bridge and another to a wooden bridge, and connected by a short stint on Whitfield Road between Wisteria and Sunrise at the fire station. I saw 5 skinks along the route, 1 blue-lined, 3 gray and 1 giant red skink - May must be the time they come out. Great place for a morning stroll, trail run or walking your dog. Not my idea of a real hike, but good place to get away. Good parking along Whitfield road on either end of the Whitfield Road segment; if one is crowded, try the other one.

Just did this loop on 5/18/18. Altered the trip slightly and took the spur trail from the AT to Siler Bald Shelter for a quick stop. Took us 1 hour 50 mins to get from the start of the trail to the shelter. The trail from the shelter up to the bald is very steep, but the views at the bald are gorgeous. We initially planned to camp somewhere near the bald/summit, but bad weather was rolling through so we hiked back down. All-up about 5 hours including stops with ~20lb packs on our backs. Nice trail - Would recommend.

Great hike, took our four year and and our dog. They loved it. Waterfall is beautiful

Did this today right after the heavy rains cleared. Very easy hike with a big payoff.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a beautiful hike and gave us a great view as we are learning our new home. The only down side was the road there was a bit confusing the first time. Stop and ask any locals you see on your way up... they were very helpful. Follow signs to the picnic area

This is one of my favorite trails, starts out like is going to be super easy, then is really rocky and a lot of fun, beautiful all the way. You won't regret taking this trail!

My wife and I decided to hike today regardless of the rain, and Hawksbill seemed to be the place. It was muddy but one of the best short hikes ever. The trail is easy until you have to chose left or right. The "left" is rocky, and fairly steep, but so worth it. She and I are going back when it's clear...can't wait!!!

Very accessible hike with incredible falls along the way. The elevation gain is all in a very short party of the trail, side from that it was easy going. We hiked all the way to Hooker Falls which was a little disappointing after seeing High Falls and Triple Falls it did look like a nice place to swim when a bit warmer though.

rock climbing
2 days ago

Beautiful hike. Somewhat easy until you get near the top then it gets a bit strenuous. Great payoff.

First time going on this trail. A friend of mine told me about it. Great hike for the kids.

hiking
2 days ago

Such a rewarding hike. Oh my at the stairs. Keep going and make it to the top to see a truly amazing view for such a short hike. Heavily used so I suggest going early or late. Peak times can be ruined by groups playing music loudly instead of enjoying the peacefulness and views. I go often.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike but very pretty and peaceful. Amazing greenery and the lake was nice.

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

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