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5,517 mi 8,879 km of trail 172 Recommended Routes

Gems 26 Gems Easy Trails 665 Trails Intermediate Trails 994 Trails Hard Trails 278 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

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

John Rock

(22) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

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

Shortoff Mountain View

(11) Glen Al…, 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
gem Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.

Table Rock Summit

(13) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite View of Upper Creek Falls from the Lower Loop Trail.

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

(10) Linville, NC
gem Favorite Wild Turkey, Cataloochie  Great Smokey National Park

Cataloochee Valley Wildlife Viewpoint

(12) Cove Creek, NC

Recommended Routes in North Carolina - 174

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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 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 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 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

Trails in North Carolina - 1765

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boone Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC 54 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 58 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Looking Glass Rock Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC 37 
4.1 mi 6.7 km #4Moore's Wall Loop Trail
Difficult
Danbury, NC
Difficult
Danbury, NC 34 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #5Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 28 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #6Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 17 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #7Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 22 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 16 
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 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #11Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #12AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC 14 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #13Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 13 
2.6 mi 4.1 km #14Mount Pisgah Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
Mills River, NC 27 
15.6 mi 25.1 km #15Hazel Creek Trail
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
5.4 mi 8.7 km #16Boulevard Trail
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 10 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #17Catawba Falls Trail
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC 17 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #18Rainbow Falls Trail
Intermediate
Brevard, NC
Intermediate
Brevard, NC 14 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #19Colbert Ridge Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
6.6 mi 10.6 km #20Baxter Creek Trail
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC 13 

Photos of North Carolina - 2493

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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
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