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Gems in North Carolina - 26

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

Clingmans Dome

(104) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.

John Rock

(23) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

(28) 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

(14) 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

(9) Spruce…, NC

Recommended Routes in North Carolina - 177

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

Charlies Bunion Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.8 km 1,632' Up 497.37 m Up 1,632' Down 497.29 m Down

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 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down

Burnsville, 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 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 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 Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
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 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

North Carolina Running

  • 7,471 Miles 12,023 Kilometers of Trail
  • 175 Recommended Routes
  • 26 Gems Gems
  • 736 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1,008 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 265 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within North Carolina

Trails in North Carolina - 1,834

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boone Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC 57 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 61 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Looking Glass Rock Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC 42 
4.1 mi 6.7 km #4Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Difficult
Danbury, NC
Difficult
Danbury, NC 35 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #5Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 30 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #6Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 24 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #7Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 17 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 18 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC 19 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #10Flat Top Trail
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC 23 

Photos of North Carolina - 2,576

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Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Apr 26, 2017 near Burnsville, 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
Running along the crest of the Black Mountains of NC.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
The summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle looks out over the Craggies and Graybeard.
Jan 24, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN