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5,303 mi 8,535 km of trail 140 Featured Hikes

Gems 24 Gems Easy Trails 1,002 Trails Intermediate Trails 620 Trails Hard Trails 115 Trails
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Gems in North Carolina - 24

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gem Favorite Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.

Clingmans Dome

(82) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!

John Rock

(19) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

(16) Bryson…, NC
gem Favorite Sunset view campsite.

Shortoff Mountain View

(9) Glen Al…, NC
gem Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.

Table Rock Summit

(13) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Watching a mixture of fog and clouds dissipate as the sun rises above Linville Gorge. Those rolling clouds get misty - bring a rain jacket!

Big Flat Rock Overlook / Campsite

(7) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.

Waterrock Knob

(7) Maggie…, NC
gem Favorite Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!

Rhododendron Gardens

(3) Bakersv…, NC

Featured Hikes in North Carolina - 116

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Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Intermediate

Charlies Bunion Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.8 km • Loop • 1,632 ft Ascent 497.37 m Ascent

(85) Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Difficult

Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179

12.1 mi 19.5 km • Point to Point • 5,010 ft Ascent 1526.98 m Ascent

(48) Burnsville, NC
Favorite Enjoy a beautiful view of where the gorge carves through the mountains by sitting on one of the cliff edges along the Shortoff Mountain Trail.
Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km • Loop • 4,723 ft Ascent 1439.6 m Ascent

(50) Glen Al…, NC
Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
Difficult

Art Loeb Trail

31.1 mi 50.1 km • Point to Point • 7,578 ft Ascent 2309.92 m Ascent

(39) Brevard, NC
Favorite Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek)

17.7 mi 28.6 km • Loop • 4,234 ft Ascent 1290.45 m Ascent

(35) Cove Creek, NC
Favorite Andrews Bald.
Intermediate

Andrews Bald Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Out and Back • 806 ft Ascent 245.82 m Ascent

(39) Bryson…, NC
Favorite Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!
Intermediate

John Rock Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km • Point to Point • 975 ft Ascent 297.1 m Ascent

(32) Brevard, NC
Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Difficult

Mount Mitchell

11.7 mi 18.8 km • Out and Back • 3,651 ft Ascent 1112.72 m Ascent

(27) Black M…, NC

Trails in North Carolina - 1597

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boone Fork Trail
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate
5.4 mi 8.7 km Blowing Rock, NC 45 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #2Stone Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Thurmond, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
4.3 mi 7.0 km Thurmond, NC 35 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #3Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Bryson City, NC 45 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #4Looking Glass Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Brevard, NC 30 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #5Shortoff Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
7.7 mi 12.4 km Glen Alpine, NC 16 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #6Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
3.5 mi 5.7 km Banner Elk, NC 23 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #7Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Extremely Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Extremely Difficult
2.4 mi 3.9 km Burnsville, NC 14 
4.1 mi 6.7 km #8Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Danbury, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
4.1 mi 6.7 km Danbury, NC 23 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
2.0 mi 3.3 km Linville, NC 16 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC 11 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #11AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
102.3 mi 164.7 km Robbinsville, NC 13 
15.6 mi 25.1 km #12Hazel Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Easy/Intermediate
15.6 mi 25.1 km Robbinsville, NC
2.4 mi 3.9 km #13Flat Top Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Easy/Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km Blowing Rock, NC 20 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #14Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Cullowhee, NC 15 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #15Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Spruce Pine, NC 11 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #16Springhouse Loop
Intermediate
Hillsborough, NC
Intermediate
3.5 mi 5.7 km Hillsborough, NC
6.6 mi 10.6 km #17Baxter Creek Trail
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC
Difficult
6.6 mi 10.6 km Cove Creek, NC 13 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #18Colbert Ridge Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
3.7 mi 6.0 km Burnsville, NC
3.1 mi 5.0 km #19Saddleback Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salem, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
3.1 mi 5.0 km Salem, NC
5.4 mi 8.7 km #20Boulevard Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
5.4 mi 8.7 km Gatlinburg, TN

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