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1,219 mi 1,962 km of trail 29 Featured Hikes

Gems 9 Gems Easy Trails 94 Trails Intermediate Trails 180 Trails Hard Trails 61 Trails
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Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.

Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179

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

Singletrack Burnsville, NC

( 47 )
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.

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

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

Singletrack Glen Alpine, NC

( 47 )
Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail

Art Loeb Trail

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

Singletrack Brevard, NC

( 38 )
Favorite Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!

John Rock Loop

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

Singletrack Brevard, NC

( 30 )
Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.

Mount Mitchell

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

Singletrack Black Mountain, NC

( 26 )
Favorite Near Sam's Knob

Sam Knob Loop

9.8 mi 15.7 km • Loop • 1,393 ft Ascent 424.63 m Ascent

Singletrack Brevard, NC

( 15 )
Favorite 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.

Max Patch Short Loop

1.5 mi 2.4 km • Loop • 242 ft Ascent 73.7 m Ascent

Singletrack Marshall, NC

( 21 )
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.

Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 986 ft Ascent 300.52 m Ascent

Singletrack Roan Mountain, TN

( 19 )

Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 306

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7.7 mi 12.4 km #1 Shortoff Mountain Trail
Glen Alpine, NC
7.7 mi 12.4 km Glen Alpine, NC
Minor Issues
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Mostly Dry - Can be challenging with overgrowth and lack of signage. Hot. Limited water supply on the east ridge.
4 days ago
15 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #2 Looking Glass Rock Trail
Brevard, NC
2.7 mi 4.3 km Brevard, NC
All Clear
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Dry, Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Maybe 2 slightly damp, muddy spots. Not even worth listing as a "minor issue".
54 days ago
25 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #3 Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Burnsville, NC
2.4 mi 3.9 km Burnsville, NC
All Clear
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Trail is in great condition.
16 days ago
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1.0 mi 1.6 km #4 Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Spruce Pine, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC
Unknown
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #5 Table Rock Summit Trail
Spruce Pine, NC
0.7 mi 1.1 km Spruce Pine, NC
Unknown
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3.7 mi 6.0 km #6 Colbert Ridge Trail
Burnsville, NC
3.7 mi 6.0 km Burnsville, NC
Unknown
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #7 Holly Springs Trail #273
Glen Alpine, NC
2.3 mi 3.7 km Glen Alpine, NC
Unknown
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5.9 mi 9.5 km #8 Big Butt Trail #161
Black Mountain, NC
5.9 mi 9.5 km Black Mountain, NC
Unknown
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2.9 mi 4.7 km #9 Bennett Gap Trail
Brevard, NC
2.9 mi 4.7 km Brevard, NC
Unknown
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1.0 mi 1.6 km #10 Conley Cove Trail
Spruce Pine, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC
Unknown
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4.0 mi 6.4 km #11 Heartbreak Ridge Trail
Black Mountain, NC
4.0 mi 6.4 km Black Mountain, NC
All Clear
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Dry - In great shape though I can see it getting overgrown in the summer.
83 days ago
2.5 mi 4.0 km #12 Rock Payne Trail
Swannanoa, NC
2.5 mi 4.0 km Swannanoa, NC
Unknown
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2.8 mi 4.5 km #13 West Ridge Trail
Black Mountain, NC
2.8 mi 4.5 km Black Mountain, NC
All Clear
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Dry, Mostly Dry
90 days ago
1.7 mi 2.8 km #14 Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail
Linville, NC
1.7 mi 2.8 km Linville, NC
Minor Issues
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Fallen Trees
33 days ago
0.7 mi 1.2 km #15 Lookout Trail
Black Mountain, NC
0.7 mi 1.2 km Black Mountain, NC
All Clear
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Dry
57 days ago
4.3 mi 6.8 km #16 Hard Times Road
Bent Creek, NC
4.3 mi 6.8 km Bent Creek, NC
Unknown
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2.1 mi 3.3 km #17 Pilot Cove Trail
Mills River, NC
2.1 mi 3.3 km Mills River, NC
Unknown
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7.6 mi 12.3 km #18 Squirrel Gap Trail #147
Etowah, NC
7.6 mi 12.3 km Etowah, NC
Unknown
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1.9 mi 3.1 km #19 Green's Lick Trail
Bent Creek, NC
1.9 mi 3.1 km Bent Creek, NC
Unknown
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3.2 mi 5.1 km #20 Avery Creek Trail #327
Brevard, NC
3.2 mi 5.1 km Brevard, NC
Unknown
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