Western North Carolina Area Information

This section contains general area information, which you may find useful when hiking or planning your hikes. Please read the General Hiking Considerations before embarking on any hike in the area for the first time.

General Hiking Considerations

Information about hiking in general: things to consider, things to bring, things to wear, and what to expect while on the trail.


Information on area businesses with Hiking supplies.

Camping and Lodging

Information about places to stay within Western NC.

Clubs and Organizations

Information on different ones around the area as well as national and international ones.

Weather and Climate

Information on the local level, including what to expect in the mountains' various microclimates.

WNC Geography

Describes the mountains and the trails in general, what they're called, and why they make such a great place to hike.

WNC Ecology

Information and links to resources about the spectacular and diverse ecology of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians.

WNC Area Map

Use this map for a general overview of the WNC region's places to hike.