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3,109 mi 5,004 km of trail 100 Recommended Routes

Gems 21 Gems Easy Trails 196 Trails Intermediate Trails 530 Trails Hard Trails 256 Trails
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Gems in West and Mountains - 21

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

Clingmans Dome

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

John Rock

(22) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

(22) Bryson…, NC
gem Favorite The breathtaking sight of Linville Gorge from Shortoff Mountain.

Shortoff Mountain View

(11) 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

(8) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Tubers coming down the longer natural waterslide near Upper Creek Falls.

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

(10) Linville, NC
gem Favorite Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.

Waterrock Knob

(7) Maggie…, NC

Recommended Routes in West and Mountains - 78

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Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km 4,723' Up 1439.6 m Up 4,722' Down 1439.31 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
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 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down

Burnsville, NC
Favorite Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Difficult

Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek)

17.7 mi 28.6 km 4,234' Up 1290.45 m Up 4,233' Down 1290.07 m Down

Cove Creek, NC
Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
Difficult

Art Loeb Trail

31.1 mi 50.1 km 7,578' Up 2309.92 m Up 6,409' Down 1953.61 m Down

Brevard, NC
Favorite Andrews Bald.
Intermediate

Andrews Bald Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km 806' Up 245.82 m Up 807' Down 246.08 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!
Intermediate/Difficult

John Rock Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 975' Up 297.1 m Up 970' Down 295.68 m Down

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

Mount Mitchell

11.7 mi 18.8 km 3,651' Up 1112.72 m Up 3,650' Down 1112.62 m Down

Black M…, NC
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
Intermediate

Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

4.7 mi 7.5 km 986' Up 300.52 m Up 985' Down 300.25 m Down

Roan Mo…, TN

Trails in West and Mountains - 882

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boone Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC 51 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 53 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Looking Glass Rock Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC 36 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #4Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 28 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #5Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 16 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #6Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 20 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #7Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC 19 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 13 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #9Flat Top Trail
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC 22 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #10Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #11AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC 14 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #12Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 12 
15.6 mi 25.1 km #13Hazel Creek Trail
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
3.7 mi 6.0 km #14Colbert Ridge Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
7.6 mi 12.2 km #15Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Difficult
Lake Lure, NC
Difficult
Lake Lure, NC
6.6 mi 10.6 km #16Baxter Creek Trail
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC 13 
2.6 mi 4.1 km #17Mount Pisgah Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
Mills River, NC 25 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #18Catawba Falls Trail
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC 16 
14.0 mi 22.5 km #19Linville Gorge Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
1.7 mi 2.8 km #20Rainbow Falls Trail
Intermediate
Brevard, NC
Intermediate
Brevard, NC 13 

Photos of West and Mountains - 1077

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Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Apr 26, 2017 near Burnsville, NC
The Peoples Trail - A photo shot of a couple along the Appalachian Trail from atop Max Patch Mountain in Pisgah National Forest. There are many stunning views along the 2,200-mile east coast trail, but nothing quite like the panoramic scene of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Apr 7, 2016 near Marshall, NC
Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jul 28, 2015 near Cove Creek, NC
Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.
Mar 24, 2016 near Maggie…, NC
Mouse Creek Falls © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Midnight Hole © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!
Jan 22, 2016 near Bakersv…, NC