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5,435 mi 8,747 km of trail 160 Runs

Gems 26 Gems Easy Trails 1,060 Trails Intermediate Trails 670 Trails Hard Trails 113 Trails
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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

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

John Rock

(20) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

(19) 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 Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.

Waterrock Knob

(7) Maggie…, NC
gem Favorite Wild Turkey, Cataloochie  Great Smokey National Park

Cataloochee Valley Wildlife Viewpoint

(11) Cove Creek, NC

Runs in North Carolina - 162

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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

(90) Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

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

(52) 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 • Point to Point • 5,010 ft Ascent 1526.98 m Ascent

(49) Burnsville, 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

(42) 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

(39) 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

(40) Bryson…, NC
Favorite Stone Mountain Falls.
Intermediate/Difficult

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

4.4 mi 7.1 km • Loop • 884 ft Ascent 269.44 m Ascent

(36) Thurmond, NC
Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
Intermediate

John Rock Loop

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

(33) Brevard, NC

Trails in North Carolina - 1683

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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 48 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Bryson City, NC 50 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Looking Glass Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Brevard, NC 33 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #4Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
3.5 mi 5.7 km Banner Elk, NC 26 
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 
4.1 mi 6.7 km #6Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Danbury, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
4.1 mi 6.7 km Danbury, NC 26 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #7Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Extremely Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Extremely Difficult
2.4 mi 3.9 km Burnsville, NC 17 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #8Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
2.0 mi 3.3 km Linville, NC 16 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #9Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC 12 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #10Flat Top Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Easy/Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km Blowing Rock, NC 21 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #11Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Cullowhee, NC 16 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #12AT: 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 #13Hazel Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Easy/Intermediate
15.6 mi 25.1 km Robbinsville, NC
7.6 mi 12.2 km #14Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Lure, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
7.6 mi 12.2 km Lake Lure, NC
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
2.6 mi 4.1 km #19Mount Pisgah Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mills River, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.6 mi 4.1 km Mills River, NC 24 
3.6 mi 5.7 km #20Falls Lake Trail - Section 1
Easy/Intermediate
Wake Forest, NC
Easy/Intermediate
3.6 mi 5.7 km Wake Forest, NC

Photos of North Carolina - 2299

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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
Mouse Creek Falls © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.
Mar 24, 2016 near Maggie…, NC
Running along the crest of the Black Mountains of NC.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Midnight Hole © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
The summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle looks out over the Craggies and Graybeard.
Jan 24, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC

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