The Best Hikes in Western North Carolina

There are hundreds of individual trails available in Western North Carolina, but how do you piece them together into an outing with a great destination? We've done that work for you!

Our Best Hikes represent many of Western North Carolina's not-to-miss routes. You can find the perfect hike for the time you have based on its features and highlights, difficulty, and length. Once you find one you're interested in, each hike's guide page contains all of the information you need to print out and take on your next trip!

Each hike has its own guide page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • length
  • elevation change
  • trailhead location
  • images from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

Find a Hike

By Difficulty:

Easy | Moderate | More Difficult | Most Difficult

By Feature:

Waterfalls | Views | Historic Sites

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