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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If you want to skip the 80ft hill, take a left when you come in and go out the same way. Nice walk beside the river with pretty views.

Not a trail for beginners. Lots of burned wood from controlled fires. Nice change in surroundings as you go up and down in elevation. Moderately trafficked. Nice area at the summit to take a break and some pictures before going back down. Wear the appropriate shoes for roots and rocks.

Great views from the top! Try out the ladder system!

I love it here. Paved, busy enough where you feel safe but never too busy.

I love to hike and I love the other side of the lake but this has zero direction after the halfway point. It started off as a breeze and fun and ended in being so lost I had to rely solely on my gps. I made it to the other paved side and felt like I was at a 5 star hotel. Trust me, this place is still my favorite as I love being off the beaten trail but if you’re a newcomer on the non paved side, be sure your gps is working.

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10 hours ago

Crisp fall day, leaves crackling underfoot, views into the Blue Ridge and across to the Cumberlands—nice hike today. Reminds me of the lower section of Sunkota Ridge in the GSMNP—walking right along the ridge with views to either side. The ‘bald’ is now grown up with birches and beeches, but it is still a good trail for solitude and scenery.

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16 hours ago

Great trails, first time in the park will not be my last!!!

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18 hours ago

This is a great trail. if you cut off to the John Rock Trail about a mile or so in, you hike up a good ways onto John Rock and get an amazing view of Pilot Mountain.