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gem Favorite The summit of Stone Mountain offers beautiful views of Wolf Rock in the background.

Summit of Stone Mountain

(12) Thurmond, NC

Recommended Routes in Central N. Carolina - 62

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Favorite Stone Mountain Falls.
Intermediate/Difficult

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

4.4 mi 7.1 km 884' Up 269.44 m Up 884' Down 269.37 m Down

Thurmond, NC
Favorite Straight for Company Mill Trail to the left for Inspiration Trail.
Intermediate

Company Mill Trail

5.1 mi 8.2 km 382' Up 116.51 m Up 565' Down 172.22 m Down

Cary, NC
Favorite View from Hanging Rock
Intermediate/Difficult

Hanging Rock Trail

2.7 mi 4.3 km 443' Up 135.15 m Up 440' Down 134.24 m Down

Danbury, NC
Favorite Rocky sections require trekking poles... at least when you're carrying a load!
Intermediate/Difficult

The Pinnacle

4.3 mi 7.0 km 813' Up 247.9 m Up 830' Down 252.84 m Down

Kings M…, NC
Favorite Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mountains-to-Sea Trail

1,237.1 mi 1,991.0 km 74,609' Up 22740.7 m Up 80,868' Down 24648.5 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Boulders along the Mountain Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pilot Mountain Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 643' Up 195.98 m Up 647' Down 197.35 m Down

Pilot M…, NC
Favorite The rocky Eno River flows beside the trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Eno Outer Loop

7.1 mi 11.4 km 841' Up 256.33 m Up 841' Down 256.41 m Down

Hillsbo…, NC
Favorite Mountain Island Park Trail
Intermediate

Mountain Island Park Trail

3.3 mi 5.2 km 61' Up 18.72 m Up 62' Down 18.75 m Down

Mount H…, NC
Favorite Murray's Mill Trail
Intermediate

Murray's Mill Trail

1.4 mi 2.3 km 47' Up 14.45 m Up 95' Down 28.89 m Down

Claremont, NC

Central N. Carolina Hiking

  • 2,369 Miles 3,813 Kilometers of Trail
  • 63 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 492 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 446 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 20 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central N. Carolina - 895

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4.1 mi 6.7 km #1Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Difficult
Danbury, NC
Difficult
Danbury, NC 37 
6.3 mi 10.1 km #2Uwharrie Trail Extension
Intermediate
Troy, NC
Intermediate
Troy, NC 19 
3.6 mi 5.7 km #3Falls Lake Trail - Section 1
Easy/Intermediate
Wake Forest, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Wake Forest, NC
3.5 mi 5.7 km #4Springhouse Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Hillsborough, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Hillsborough, NC
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Jordan Trail
Intermediate
Butner, NC
Intermediate
Butner, NC
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Murray's Mill Pond Loop Trail
Intermediate
Claremont, NC
Intermediate
Claremont, NC
1.4 mi 2.3 km #7Catawba Riverfront Greenway
Easy/Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
2.4 mi 3.8 km #8Laurel Bluffs Trail (East)
Intermediate
Durham, NC
Intermediate
Durham, NC
2.3 mi 3.8 km #9Shiner's Run Trail
Intermediate
Moravian Falls, NC
Intermediate
Moravian Falls, NC
4.9 mi 7.8 km #10Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Tylova to I-485
Easy
Charlotte, NC
Easy
Charlotte, NC

Photos of Central N. Carolina - 1,423

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Springhouse Loop
Sep 4, 2017 near Hillsbo…, NC
Upper Cascades Falls
Jan 26, 2016 near Danbury, NC
Little Sugar Creek Greenway near Freedom Park
Jun 18, 2019 near Charlotte, NC
Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council Trail
Jun 18, 2019 near Statesv…, NC
Small bridge along South Fork Trail
Jun 18, 2019 near Lowell, NC
Trail
May 15, 2019 near Spring…, NC
In May, the beautiful Catawba Rhododendron entice visitors with their colors and scent.
Jan 5, 2016 near Archer…, NC
Widows Creek Falls, Stone Mountain State Park, on MST Segment 6. Photo by Joe Mickey.
May 17, 2016 near Thurmond, NC