Explore the best 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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Great hike but intense if you continue to go past the original route. This can be a much longer hike. Past the paved part it gets intense

Beautiful trail that offers a gray view of the Smokey Mountains- along the way and at the top of the dome. Doable for most people, but a little touch due to the steep incline, so I would not recommend for those with back or knee problems.

One of my all time favorites! The falls are beautiful and this particular trail, whether you choose to head to the top or just do the loop, is wonderful. I personally prefer taking on the steps first for a bit more of an uphill workout.

Beautiful hike! The trail itself is in great shape and only gets tough near the top. The work is worth the rest and view!

We decided to do the loop and start with the light climb up ( going to the right at the entrance). The climb up was relatively easy for two novice hikers. We left about 10AM on a weekday, we reached the summit around 11:45. We took our time and took breaks for photos. The view at the summit is amazing and we took time to soak it all in. The trek back down wasn't took bad, a walking stick would be nice since you are on a constant decline, but just take your time and you will be ok.

trail running
1 day ago

I would defiantly recommend running on this trail. It is very nice with convenient connections to both Bent Creek Road and the Gardens at the arboretum, because of this it is a really convenient way to connect to longer trails such as Hard Times Road.

Really simple and easy. The trail is flat. Gets lots of traffic. I'm sure it gets busy on weekends. If you're lucky, the horses will be out in the field. One actually came up to me. That made the whole ~5 miles worth it!

Ran this trail today. Great and 100% runnable!

1 day ago

Short, easy, pretty hike. Stairs down to waterfall a little slick, but worth the effort.

Definitely a tough hike, but so worth it. Due to recent rain, my husband and I both fell on the initial descent down the stairs/hill; then we saw a rattler sitting on the steps on the way back up. Be careful! Nice creek section initially and on completion of hike. Beautiful walk thru pasture; the cows and my dogs weren't quite sure about each other. Then back up thru the forest. You go through 3 different ecosystems in just 2.5 miles! Tougher than you think but great views throughout.

1 day ago

Gorgeous! We hiked all the way to the top and it was sooo worth it!