The Big List of Trails

Here is a list of all the trails on this site.

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

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Abrams Falls Trail Trail

More Difficult

Ace Gap Trail Trail

Airstrip Trail

Easy
  • The lower end of this trail is brand-new; winds slowly up the dry slope below the airstrip on a moderate grade. The rest of this trail follows the old airstrip itself with a nice view. That part is no recommended, though on a hot, sunny day!
  • 1.01mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Alarka Falls Trail

Moderate

Albright Grove Trail

Alexander Park M3 Loop Trail

Moderate

Alexander Park Right Loop Trail

Moderate

Alum Cave Trail

Most Difficult
  • Though this trail is the shortest route to the peak of Mount Leconte, it isn't easy. The trail climbs 1200 feet in its shorter distance making it quite steep. Lower sections of the trail are beautiful and heavily traveled, especially up to Arch Rock...
  • 5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trailhead

Andy Cove Nature Trail

Easy
  • This is a National Recreation Trail and a Kids In Parks TRACK trail. It was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps. The trail has several interpretive signs along the way which point out common plants, trees and animals which can be found in the...
  • 0.7mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Anthony Creek Trail Trail

Appalachian Trail - Charlie's Bunion to Peck's Corner Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Clingman's Dome to Silers Bald Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Doe Knob to Fontana Dam Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Eagle Creek to Doe Knob Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Hot Springs to Rich Mountain Trail

More Difficult

Appalachian Trail - Low Gap to Davenport Gap Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Miry Ridge to Eagle Creek Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Newfound Gap to C.Bunion Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Newfound Gap to Charlie's Bunion Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Peck's Corner to Tricorner Knob Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Silers Bald Shelter to Jct M R Trail

Easy

Appalachian Trail - Tricorner Knob to Low Gap Trail

Easy

Appalachian Way Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the end of the road with the same name, this gravel road trail climbs to end at Sourwood Gap, where it intersects East Ridge trail and Old Mitchell Toll Road.
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Appletree Trail

Most Difficult

Armstrong Creek Trail

Art Loeb-Black Balsam Trail

  • Climbs from the parking area at the end of Black Balsam Road to the top of Black Balsam Knob. This isn't the recommended way of reaching the mountaintop - use the Art Loeb trail instead by parking at the gap as you drive in - because it is very...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Black Balsam - Art Loeb Trailhead Trailhead

Art Loeb Bypass Trail

Easy

Art Loeb Section 1 Trail

More Difficult
  • Starting at the Davidson River Campground, the trail ascends Shut-in Ridge (not to be confused with the Shut-in Ridge near the French Broad River further north, where the long Shut-in Trail begins). It travels through Cat Gap, around the south side...
  • 12.3mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Art Loeb Section 2 Trail

More Difficult
  • Starting in Gloucester Gap, this section of the Art Loeb trail winds its way up the ridge extending east from Pilot Mountain before crossing over the summit. It dips down into Deep Gap and Farlow Gap before resuming its climb, up Shuck Ridge, where...
  • 7.2mi, ,
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Art Loeb Section 3 Trail

More Difficult
  • Starting at Black Balsam Road and going generally north, this is one of the most popular stretches of the Art Loeb trail as it crosses over the 6,200' summit of Black Balsam Knob. It then winds along the grassy summit of the ridge, including the...
  • 6.8mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Art Loeb Section 4 Trail

Most Difficult
  • This short section of the longer Art Loeb trail climbs from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp on the Little East Fork of the Pigeon River, up to Deep Gap on the ridge between Shining Rock and Cold Mountain. It's steep, with A spur trail leads to the...
  • 3.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Auger Hole Trail

More Difficult

Avery Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Steep, rocky at northwest (upper) end. Passes through some logged areas. Passes a large waterfall, and through hemlock and rhododendron groves. Southeast end is a standard wet, creekside trail with log bridges. Can be used to make several looops in...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Babel Tower Trail

More Difficult

Backcountry Trail

More Difficult
  • Winds down into a valley where the backcountry campsites are located. The Backcountry Trail is known for the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River and the spring bloom of the Trout Lily. Features the headwaters of the North Fork of the New...
  • 2.0mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Elk Knob State Park Trailhead

Bad Creek/Fowler Creek Trail

More Difficult

Bad Fork Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbing from Wash Creek Road uphill, the trail follows the ever-diminishing namesake stream along an old road bed, crossing it after a short distance. The forest is a typical cove hardwood variety with plenty of rhododendron and both healthy and...
  • 2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Bald Knob Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • From FS 472 the trail starts its climb on an old road bed, but soon veers left onto a narrow path for the first of many switchbacks as it ascends the ridge. The switchbacks ensure the grade is never too extreme as it traverses the steep slope many...
  • 2.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Balsam Mountain Trail

Balsam Nature Trail

Easy
  • This is a short loop through a dense fir forest at summit. Start from the parking area; proceed up the Summit trail and bear left at the sign onto the Mountains to Sea trail. Bear left again at the next intersection to head back to the parking...
  • 0.75mi, Level, Some Obstacles
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Barn Trail

Easy
  • Travels from the horse barn near Bridal Veil Falls, past the scenic pastures, and uphill past a small creek to join with the Shelter Rock trail near the bottom of the Airstrip trail. Quickest way to get from the airstrip (and Fawn Lake parking area)...
  • 0.45mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Barnett Branch Trail

Moderate
  • From it southern end at the junction with the Black Mountain trail, this trail descends Soapstone Ridge and reaches a junction with the Pink Beds Loop trail. It continues straight, passing through the center of the Pink Beds Valley. The valley...
  • 3.1mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Bartram Trail

Easy

Basin Creek Trail

Moderate

Baskins Creek Trail

Bass Lake Trail

Easy

Baxter Creek Trail

Beacon Heights Trail

Moderate

Bean Shoals Canal Trail

Easy
  • A moderately sloped trail on the north shore of the of the Yadkin river that begins at the turnaround parking area. This trail weaves along a railroad trestle, as well as along the ruins of the unfinished Bean Shoals Canal. (Note: The railroad track...
  • mi, , Some Obstacles
  • Pilot Mountain State Park Trailhead

Bear Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Follows the creek uphill, starting in a clearing. Travels through mostly white pine and dead hemlocks, then into hardwoods mixed hardwoods near the small stream. Crosses and then ends on FS 5001, making a loop hike possible.
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail

Beard Cane Trail

Bear Pen Trail

More Difficult
  • A little overgrown with weeds, this trail travels along old roadbeds from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail. Crosses staire branch. There's lots of stinging nettle, so be sure to wear long pants on this trail (and others in the area).
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Bear Pen Gap Trail

Easy

Bear Pen Gap Trail

Easy

Bearwallow Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Descends a short distance into the small gorge formed by Bearwallow Creek as it drops off the escarpment, to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. Though rated strenuous, it's not really that bad - the surface is well maintained and there are...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead

Bearwallow Mountain Trail

Moderate
  • Beautiful new trail winds its way up the western ridge of Bearwallow Mountain to the grassy pasture near the top. Travels through rocky woods consisting of oak, hickory, and maple. Passes several neat rock outcrops. The trailbuilders did some nice...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bearwallow Mountain Trailhead

Bearwallow Valley Trail

Moderate
  • This short trail winds from the picnic shelter up a little ridge on the Blue Ridge Escarpment, through a few switchbacks. It ends at a small viewing platform overlooking a steel tower, and a view out of an electrical transmission line corridor. The...
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead

Beech Gap Trail

Easy

Beech Gap I Trail

Beech Gap II Trail

Beech Tree Trail

Easy
  • An easy 1-mile loop around the picnic area. The majority of the trail passes through a large American Beech forest at 4,500 ft. elevation. This is a Kids In Parks TRACK Trail, meaning you can earn prizes for the little ones if they complete and track...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Elk Knob State Park Trailhead

Beetree Trail

Belding Trail

Bennett Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Excellent ridgetop views of Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and the Davidson River valley. Mixed hardwoods on wide part of ridge and in gap. Dry pine-oak forests on narrow part of ridge. Cliff-top views on ridge. There are some sheer drop-offs right...
  • 2.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Benn Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail serves as a boundary between North Carolina gamelands and the park. Benn Knob Peak is a restricted area. Benn Knob is one of the highest...
  • 3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Betty Creek Gap Trail

Easy

Betty Place Trail

Easy

Big Butt Trail

More Difficult
  • Yes, this really is the trail's name. Starts at the left side (facing away from the road) of the Walker Knob Overlook in Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading downhill. (The trail to the right, heading uphill, is the Mountains to Sea Trail)....
  • 5.6mi, Hilly, Very Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Big Creek Trail

Big Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows one of the larger tributaries of the North Mills River. Many creek crossings on the lower half. Steep climb up the Pisgah Ridge on the upper half. High elevation change.
  • 4.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Big East Fork Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows the Big East Fork Pigeon River. Pristine river scenes. Trail is wide and heavily used near beginning; diminishes somewhat the further you travel. Ends at the junction with Greasy Cove Prong and Bridges Camp Gap trails, providing long loop...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Big Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This is a rocky trail to a popular scenic spot that has a 65 foot high waterfall along the Elk River. **Use extreme caution near the falls as fatalities have occurred at this site.**
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Appalachian Ranger District Trailhead

Big Fat Trail

More Difficult
  • Yes, that really is this trail's name. The Big Fat Trail starts at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead, reached by a nine mile drive on the FSR # 62 Big Fat Gap Road, accessed from US Route 129 north of the Robbinsville area. This road is gated, and closed...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Trailhead

Big Fork Ridge Trail

Moderate

Big Green Trail

Moderate
  • This trail leads to the top of Big Green Mountain, with excellent views.
  • 1.35mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Big Indian Loop Trail

More Difficult

Big Laurel Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Although many sources classify this trail as Easy, I'd bump it up a notch, because it's got quite a few slippery rocky and rooty sections. Still, it's a good family trail overall and it's short. The round-trip to the falls is just over 1 mile, and...
  • 0.6mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Standing Indian Basin Trailhead

Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends moderately through mixed hardwoods and then runs slightly downhill along the crest of the ridge on an old logging road. It descends steeply for a brief stretch into the flats right above the cliffs, in an open oak forest. There are a couple...
  • 1.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Big Piney Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs steeply from the parking area at the end of Suwannee Drive to the West Ridge trail. Passes through switchbacks in places; some spots require rock scrambling where the trail passes directly over outcrops. Passes through the ridge's eponymous...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Big Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Trail is rocky and moderately rough at lower end. Middle part passes over solid granite domes, offering up some nice views of areas within Dupont State Forest and over toward Pisgah. Winds thru dry pine/oak forest near jct. with Cedar Rock trail....
  • 0.84mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Big Shoals Trail

Moderate
  • Moderate trail on both old road beds and purpose-built sections leads to "Secret Falls". Not so secret anymore.
  • 0.64mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala National Forest Trailhead

Big Snowbird Trail

Big Stamp Trail

Big Tom Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • The trail provides good views including Maple Camp Bald to the northeast. It offers loop opportunities with the Buncombe Horse Range Trail, Mount Mitchell Trail and the Black Mountain Crest Trail. This narrow trail is extremely steep and follows...
  • 0.35mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Bill Crump Trail

Biltmore Campus Trail

Easy

Black Bottom Trail

Easy

Black Jack Ridge Trail

Moderate

Black Mountain Trail

Most Difficult
  • This heavily-used trail features incredible views, hiking along a needle-sharp ridgeline, and lots of rock outcroppings and boulders. The trail itself is notable (unfortunately) for its heavily eroded sections. Either through erosion or work to...
  • 9.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Black Mountains Crest Trail

  • Starting from the picnic area, crosses Mt. Craig (2nd highest mountain in the East), Big Tom, Cattail Peak, and Potato Hill (all above 6000') before descending to Deep Gap. Deep gap is a popular National Forest campsite. There are spectacular views...
  • 12mi, ,
  • Trailhead

Blackridge Trail

More Difficult

Blackrock Trail

Moderate
  • A mostly ridge-top trail offering wintertime views in all directions. Climbs moderately and has moderate erosion along its length, leading to the Moderately Rough rating. Connects with the Overlook trail just past the summit of Blackrock Mountain to...
  • 1.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Black Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Descends gradually from the Attraction area to a small loop at open rocks, providing views of the Swinging Bridge, MacRae and Attic Window peaks, and Beacon Heights and Grandmother Mountain to the southwest. Rambling through northern hardwood and...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Blackwell Gap Loop Trail

Moderate

Blue Loop Trail

Moderate

Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs from the Old Mitchell Toll Road to the summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle in two places. This is private property, so access to this trail is not guaranteed.
  • mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 3 Trailhead

Bluff Mountain Trail

Moderate

Bluff Ridge Trail

Bone Valley Trail

Boogerman Trail

Boone Fork Trail

Moderate

Bote Mountain Trail

Boundary Trail

Easy
  • Easy path, old road bed. Connects Rifle, Guion, and Hickory Mountain trails, forming a small loop.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Boyd Branch Trail

Easy
  • Easy trail with a beautifully engineered creek crossing on the upper end. From Boyd Branch Road, the trail is graveled to the creek crossing, which also has a hard gravel bottom and large flat paving stones on either side. The rest of the trail is...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Bradley Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Creekside, backcountry trail. Numerous water crossings will require wading; not passable in high water. May require pathfinding skills - trail disappears into the creek at times. Passes small dam on Bradley Creek.
  • 5.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Bradley Fork Trail

Briar Bottom Trail

Easy
  • This trail circles around the Briar Bottom Group Campground and runs through a hemlock stand beside the South Toe River.
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Bridal Overlook Trail

Moderate

Bridal Veil Trail

Moderate
  • Now the Little River trail. Old roadbed. Sandy sections. Some rocks; not much climbing. Follows river. Ends at DSF boundary. Unsure whether end that leads to Bridal Veil Falls is on private property; it is not posted - however be sure before hiking.
  • 1.22mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Holding Tank for Lost Trails Trailhead

Bridal Veil Falls Road Trail

Bridge Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs from the hiker parking area through a series of switchbacks through primarily spruce-fir woods, underneath the swinging bridge, and to the upper parking area and buildings. The understory is filled with rosebay rhododendron which bloom in...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Bridge Road Trail

Bridges Camp Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Starting on the Parkway in a mixed hardwood/spruce forest, the trail descends over a somewhat rocky path on an easy grade. You'll hear the river in the valley below. The trail passes through one switchback to the left and then into a wetter forest...
  • 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Briery Fork Trail

Moderate

Briery Loop Trail

Bristol Trail

Brooks Cove Trail

Brushy Mountain Trail

Brushy Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Buckberry Ridge Nature Trail

Easy

Buckeye Gap Trail

Most Difficult
  • From the lower end at jct. with Haywood Gap Trail, the trail climbs steeply up an old logging skid road near Grassy Ridge Branch. The tread is narrow, but generally in good shape and worn well enough to be obvious. The mountainside here is steep and...
  • 2.85mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Middle Prong Wilderness Trailhead

Buckeye Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • This trail has panoramic views from open fields of Max Patch, follows both trail and old road. Park on SR 1182 at Cherry Ridge trailhead.
  • 5.4mi, ,
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Buck Forest Road Trail

Moderate
  • Gated, wide, maintained gravel road occasionally used by park and private vehicles (by permit) on the western end down to the Grassy Creek bridge. Rest is an unmaintained old roadbed.
  • 3.18mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Buck Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Starting behind the shelter on the Old Trestle Road, this short trail ends at Buck Gap where it intersects the East Ridge trail.
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Buckhorn Creek Road Trail

Moderate

Buckhorn Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • Several creek crossings on lower end. Log bridges. Cove hardwood/dense hemlock forests w/ some huge hemlocks. Intersects short spur to Twin Falls (highly recommended). Intersects Avery Creek trail. Trail has recently undergone extensive...
  • 4.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Buck Ridge Road Trail

Moderate

Buck Spring Trail

More Difficult
  • Travels first from the first switchback on US 276 above the Pink Beds to the Pisgah Inn. This is a gradual, pleasant climb that dips into coves & rounds the nose of many ridges with cove hardwoods in the coves and mixed hardwoods on the ridges. There...
  • 6.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Buckwheat Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Ridgeline trail. Passes some enormous trees. Steep climbs; rocky sections. Passes through pleasant areas with lush grass growing underneath large hardwood trees.
  • 1.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Buffalo Creek Park Trail

Moderate
  • This trail, which doesn't really have a name per se (other than "the loop trail" or "trail: phase 1") is a newly-constructed, machine-built path. It's rather wide, but it was built to accommodate multiple uses (bikes and hikers). It winds through...
  • 3.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Buffalo Creek Park Trailhead

Bullhead Trail

Buncombe Horse Range Trail

Most Difficult
  • This is the third-longest trail in the Appalachian District, after the Appalachian Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail. The trail runs through stands of red spruce and Fraser fir, with views of 6,000 foot peaks. Camping is possible near Commissary Hill...
  • 16.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Burnt Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Southeast end is mostly on an old road bed, high above the Little River at first. Then switches back and climbs up near the nondescript summit of Burnt Mountain, on and off the old road bed. Steeper on northwest end with some rocks & roots.
  • 2.20mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Burntrock Ridge Trail

Burnt Tree Peninsula Trail

Easy
  • Some tight and sharp turns with no unavoidable obstacles. Travels through a young forest of mostly pines and oaks; looks recently burned.
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Burrell Cove Trail

Moderate

Butter Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Scenic. Starts in Pickelsimer Fields; a flat, grassy area with crystal clear streams meandering through. Typical streamside trail further along. Trailside waterfall. Stiff climb up to Butter Gap; passes headwaters of the stream.
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Bynum Bluff Trail

Cabin Trail

More Difficult

Cabin Flats Trail

Cable Cove Nature Trail

  • Cable Cove Nature Trail is located on the Cheoah Ranger District in the Cable Cove Campground. Through out the trail there are numerous tree and shrub species identified by trail signs. The trail length is 1 mile and has an elevation change of 1960...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently,
  • Nantahala National Forest Trailhead

Cable Gap Trail

Caldwell Fork Trail Trail

Camel Gap Trail Trail

Camp Alice Trail

More Difficult
  • Leads from Camp Alice to the Old Mitchell Trail just above the campground. The Mountains to Sea trail follows this route. Steep and rough, but short and well-built trail that travels through beautiful sections of fraser fir forests.
  • 0.75mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Camp Creek Trail

Easy

Campground Connector Trail

Easy
  • Connects the Bent Creek Campground with Bent Creek Gap Road. A smooth, level old roadbed which follows Bent Creek part of the way. Interpretive signs. Mixed pine-hardwood forest. Nice bridge right before intersection with Bent Creek Gap Road.
  • 0.6mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Camp Summit Road Trail

Moderate

Canebreak Trail

More Difficult

Cane Creek Trail Trail

Caney Bottom Trail

Moderate
  • Travels from the Cove Creek trail at Cove Creek Group Campground up Caney Bottom Creek to reconnect with Cove Creek trail near the headwaters. Makes an excellent loop when combined with the Cove Creek trail. Passes several small to medium-sized...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Caney Bottom Extension Trail

Easy
  • Short; bypasses the Cove Creek Group Campground and is really the lower end of the Cove Creek trail.
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cannon Creek Trail

Moderate

Cantrell Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Sparsely maintained. Passes old Cantrell Creek Lodge site. Trail merges with creek at times.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Carlton's Way Trail

Moderate
  • From the North Road trail, this one starts out going uphill steeply at first, loosely following an old logging road or skid trail. It passes through a couple of switchbacks, one of which is at a small wet-weather stream with a shallow water slide....
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Carroll Knob Trail

Cart Trail

More Difficult

Cascade Trail

Moderate

Cascades Trail

Moderate
  • Travels through a mixed cove/northern hardwood forest to the Cascades, a high, sliding waterfall that drains the Blue Ridge. Interpretive signs. Gravel surface in places; steeper & rougher near the Cascades.
  • 0.5mi, ,
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Case Camp Ridge Trail

Easy

Cataloochee Divide Trail Trail

Catawba Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Currently undergoing improvements, the trail follows an old road from a huge new parking area, built in spring 2012. The first part is an easy walk on an old road bed through level woods. The river is far to the right, and an old pine plantation is...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Catawba Falls Trailhead

Cat Gap Bypass Trail

Easy
  • Level or gradually climbing trail swings into coves & around ridges. Mixed hardwood forest w/ some hemlocks & pines. Pleasant walk. Cuts off climb up to Cat Gap from the Cat Gap Loop. Int. w/ John Rock trail.
  • 0.4mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cat Gap Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Nice loop starts and ends at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery. Described CCW. Loops around John Rock. Varied trail; forests range from cove hardwoods, to former groves of hemlocks (now dead), white pine plantations, and mixed...
  • 4.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cedar Ridge Trail

Moderate

Cedar Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Accessible from both Stone Mountain Loop and Wolf Rock trails, this trail leads to Cedar Rock, a large granite outcrop with views to the south/southeast and an excellent view of Stone Mountain.
  • 1.0mi, ,
  • Stone Mountain State Park Trailhead

Cedar Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Interesting trail passes over the granitic dome of Cedar Rock Mtn. Although the mountain is small by mountain standards, this trail provides some great views and an interesting environment. There are some rocky sections near the bottom; rest is...
  • 1.43mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Cemetery Loop Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old road past an old cemetery on a little plateau near the Davidson River. Lots of white pines & hemlocks, & mountain laurel groves. Pleasant little loop.
  • 1.2mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Central Loop Trail

Moderate
  • No unavoidable obstacles. All-access trail to other optional trails. Travels through a mostly young forest, with glimpses of the lake at times. No major stream crossings.
  • 3.1mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Chasteen Creek Trail Trail

Chattooga Cliffs Loop Trail

More Difficult

Cherry Creek Trail

More Difficult

Cherry Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Chestnut Branch Trail Trail

Chestnut Cove Trail

Moderate
  • Since being re-worked to eliminate the straight-up-the-hill approach, this is a moderate climb through a couple of switchbacks. Only a few rocks and/or roots. Though technically closed to bikes, it receives heavy bike usage and is none the worse for...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Chestnut Flat Trail

Chestnut Knob Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts off of High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, 0.2 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail ascends one mile to a scenic view of High Shoals Falls. It continues another mile up to Chestnut Knob. This rock outcropping offers a beautiful view of the...
  • 2.1mi, Level, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Chestnut Oak Nature Trail

Moderate

Chestnut Oak Road Trail

Moderate

Chestnut Top Trail Trail

Chestoa View Trail

Easy

Chimney Tops Trail Trail

More Difficult
  • Fairly short, but very steep especially near the upper end. Takes you to the spectacular cliff-top view on top of the Chimneys - sharp, rocky peaks on a ridge extending from Sugarland Mountain. A gem, although the hemlocks along much of the trail are...
  • 2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trailhead

China Creek Trail

  • Descends moderately from the town of Blowing Rock on a relocated and improved stretch, following portions of the historic Upper Thunderhole Trail. According to the Blowing Rock Historical Society, the Upper Thunderhole Trail was built in the 1920s by...
  • 2.6mi, ,
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

Chinquapin Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Travels to three overlooks of the Blue Valley. Can be combined with the Glen Falls trail for a longer hike starting at the same parking area.
  • 3.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Clawhammer Cove Trail

Moderate
  • This is a pleasant hike that begins in a small meadow before climbing gently up Clawhammer Cove. There are some nice cascades that can be seen from the trail. Shortly after crossing the creek, the trail follows an old road up the shoulder of a ridge....
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Clear Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts at the Clear Creek Dam. Clear Creek Trail is the only trail on the western side of the park at present. This “out and back” trail starts at the Clear Creek Dam and ascends into the Clear Creek Watershed for a quiet, reflective retreat into...
  • 2.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Cliff Trail

Moderate
  • **Note: this trail has been permanently closed.** Traveled along a long, natural ledge in the cliffs of Hickory Nut Gorge, from the parking area to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Made a great loop with the Skyline Trail. Much of this trail was a...
  • 0.75mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Holding Tank for Lost Trails Trailhead

Cliffside Loop Trail

Easy
  • Far from the side of any cliffs, this easy trail encircles the lake by that name. It passes through the campground and crosses over the dam and beach area.
  • 0.75mi, Few Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Clifftop Nature Trail

Moderate
  • This trail travels one mile through pine-hardwood forest and climbs to a ridgetop. Signs give trail descriptions along this trail, rated as more difficult.
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Clifftop Vista Trail

Moderate
  • This 1.5-mile trail follows the same path as the Clifftop Vista Nature Trail. At the ridgetop is a gazebo, the trail offers a panoramic mountain view. After the gazebo, this more-difficult trail continues along the ridge.
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail Trail

Cloudland Trail

Club Gap Trail

Moderate

Colbert Ridge Trail

  • On clear days the trail has great views of Table Rock, Grandfather and Roan mountains. The trail ascends gently for the first half mile and then climbs steeply toward the terminus at Deep Gap with switchbacks near the top. The trail ends at a flat...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Steeply,
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Cold Mountain Trail

  • This trail follows a ridge line south of Cold Mountain for its first half, and then traverses to the west of the mountain before climbing to another ridge and ascending the mountain’s western flank. The top of Cold Mountain has plenty of trees on...
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Cold Prong Pond Loop Trail

Easy
  • This is a short, easy loop around what either used to be or only sometimes is a pond. Whether or not a pond exists, there is definitely a grassy, weedy opening in the forest with a small stream flowing out of one side. The loop is nearly level with...
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Cold Springs Trail

Moderate

Cold Springs Gap Trail Trail

Commissary Trail

Easy
  • This is an easy walk on a gently sloping gravel road to a historic logging, and later, tourist camp site below the summit. Starts at Stepps Gap at the Park Office. Provides spectacular views of Mount Mitchell and the mountains below. Passes through...
  • 1mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Conley Cove Trail

Connector Trail

Conservation Road Trail

Easy
  • This is a wide, graded, maintained gravel road, which is gated but occasionally used by park vehicles, and private vehicles for visiting the waterfalls (by permit). Passes the old airstrip.
  • 2.61mi, Hilly, Paved/Graveled
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Cook's Wall Trail

Moderate

Coontree Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Pleasant loop; you can take this one in either direction but my preference is clockwise. Nothing spectacular, just typical creekside, mountainside and ridgetop landscapes, but it is nicely varied. Loop travels up one cove and down another. Joins with...
  • 3.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cooper Creek Trail Trail

Cooper Road Trail Trail

Corn Mill Shoals Trail

Moderate
  • Old roadbed; no longer maintained. Mostly hardpacked, but some places are rocky, highly eroded, or sandy. Starting from the Corn Mill Shoals parking area, the trail fords the Little River at Corn Mill Shoals. Use extreme caution if you cross here:...
  • 2.43mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

County Line Road Trail

Courthouse Creek Trail

Courthouse Falls Trail

Easy
  • Short, moderate spur descent from Summey Cove tr. to base of falls. Steps at lower end. Highly recommended.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Pisgah Ranger District Trailhead

Cove Creek Trail

Moderate
  • From Caney Bottom trail, climbs past Cove Creek Falls on an old road bed, through rich forests far above the stream, to flat areas near the headwaters and then up to Forest Service Road 225B. Unfortunately there is no good connector from the trail to...
  • 2.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cove Creek Falls Trail

Moderate
  • An unofficial trail leads from the second Cove Creek group campsite, shares a short section with the Caney Bottom trail along Cove Creek, then continues up-creek to the base of beautiful Cove Creek Falls. The trail crosses below the falls and then...
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cove Mountain Trail Trail

Covered Bridge Trail

Easy
  • Connects the High Falls trail to the covered bridge on Buck Forest Road. Gravel road surface.
  • 0.22mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Crabtree Falls Loop Trail

Moderate
  • This excellent trail takes you by the base of one of the most beautiful falls in the area. From the campground, follow the signs to the parking area for the falls trail. Take the right fork where the trail splits. The trail will descend and switch...
  • 2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 3 Trailhead

Craggy Gardens Trail

Moderate
  • This excellent trail travels from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center up to Craggy Flats and Craggy Knob, then down to the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. You will first reach the intersection with the Mountains to Sea and Douglas Falls trails. From here...
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Craggy Pinnacle Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the Craggy Dome overlook, this excellent trail travels to the top of a rather pointy mountain, where a spectacular 360 degree view awaits. It is moderately steep, quite rocky, sometimes wet, and has some log steps as well, but it is well...
  • 0.73mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Cragway Trail

More Difficult
  • Although about 80% of the trail surface is in decent shape, it is steep, and some sections are quite eroded and rocky. At least one part is nearly a hand-over-hand climb. Passes by boulders and "crags" - rocky outcroppings that give the trail its...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

"Crested Iris" Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs moderately along the east side of Shope Creek; a bit more steeply near the upper end. Makes a good loop with the Shope Creek and Forrest Falls trails. Wildflowers, including Dwarf Crested Iris, line the trail in spring.
  • 0.65mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Crib Gap Trail Trail

Crooked Arm Ridge Trail Trail

Cucumber Gap Trail Trail

Cumberland Knob Trail

Easy

Curry Mountain Trail Trail

Daniel Boone Scout Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends 2000 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Calloway Peak - 5964' in elevation. The upper half is rough, but has great views, including one of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A few in-place ladders and cables help hikers up the...
  • 3.0mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Fantastic loop trail. The naming of this one appears to be kind of a flub as it's not anywhere near Daniel Ridge itself; instead, the trail is on a spur of Lanning Ridge. And it also appears the Forest Service may be renaming the lower part of this...
  • 4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Darkside Cliffs Trail

Moderate
  • A mostly moderate hike through pleasant woods, but with some steeper sections. Like nearby Little and Big Lost Cove Cliffs trails, the trail ends at an outcropping with outstanding views across Lost Cove and Timber Ridge, and up to Grandfather...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

Davidson River Trail

Easy
  • Follows old FR 475. The road has been re-routed further uphill now. Level or gentle climbs, gravel surface. Davidson River is in scenic small gorge below this road at this point. Several landslides in September of 2004 sent parts of this trail...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Deep Creek Trail

Deep Creek Trail Trail

Deep Gap Trail

Easy

Deep Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the Panthertown Valley trail downhill from Salt Rock, this trail descends to cross Frolictown Creek just above its small, scenic waterfall. Be careful at the crossing - it's slippery and the falls are just downstream. The trail is an old...
  • 1.33mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Deep Gap Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starting from the picnic area, crosses Mt. Craig (2nd highest mountain in the East), Big Tom, Cattail Peak, and Potato Hill (all above 6000') before descending to Deep Gap. Deep gap is a popular National Forest campsite. There are spectacular views...
  • 4.5mi, Hilly, Very Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Deeplow Gap Trail Trail

Deerfield Loop Trail

Easy
  • Short, nice loop. Have a few extra minutes after work and want to burn off some steam? This would be a good choice for a short hike. Steep in places; passes a small wildlife opening. A narrow portion in a nice cove traverses a steep slope and a...
  • 0.8mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Deer Lake Lodge Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the Rice Pinnacle parking area, the trail is paved up to the former Deer Lake Lodge site and crosses a long wooden bridge along the way. Beyond the old lodge, which is now marked by a clearing on the right, the trail turns sharply left...
  • 1.4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Deer Park Trail

Moderate

Deleted Trail

Easy

Devil's Courthouse Trail

Moderate
  • This steep but half-paved path leads to the top of the spectacular Devil's Courthouse. It travels through a high-elevation, spruce-fir forest to an enclosed overlook area at the summit. Identifier plaques on the overlook walls allow you to align your...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Few Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Devil's Courthouse Connector Trail

Easy
  • Connnects the Mountains to Sea Trail, between the Little Sam trail and NC Hwy. 215, with the Devil's Courthouse trail. Short and mostly level. Passes over the top of the Devil's Courthouse tunnel on the Parkway.
  • 0.1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Devil's Den Nature Trail

Easy
  • This short trail is located at Black Mountain Campground and passes through beautiful stands of poplar, oaks and by some magnificent boulders.
  • 1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Devil's Elbow Trail

Moderate

Devil's Hole Trail

Dogwood Trail

Easy

Douglas Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • From FS 74, the trail begins as an easy, 0.5 mile walk to its spectacular eponymous waterfall - a great family hike. The trail continues on a much more difficult, rugged, and steep course above the falls, to eventually join up with the Mountains to...
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Dry Sluice Gap Trail Trail

Duggers Creek Trail

Easy
  • Sometimes called "The smallest named falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway", but well worth the short walk.
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Linville Falls Trailhead

Duncan Trail

Moderate

Eagle Creek Trail Trail

East Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows the ridge up and over Lookout Mountain, Boggs Bunion, Brushy Mountain and Rocky Head. Ends at Long Gap. here are a few steep sections and several good viewpoints along the trail.
  • 2.48mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Elk Pen Trail

Moderate
  • Created for use in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" and used in the opening scene. Connects with FR 74 at the Upper Corner Rock trail. Passes through large oaks and poplars.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Ellicott Rock Trail

More Difficult

Enloe Creek Trail Trail

Entrance Trail

Easy
  • This short path doesn't have an official name, but I'll call it the Entrance Trail since it serves as the public entry way to the main house. It starts as a paved path at the parking area and passes the small visitor center/contact station. It then...
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead

Erwins View Trail

Moderate
  • This trail travels to four excellent views of the Upper and Lower Falls. The first overlook takes you to the pool at Upper Falls. From this vantage point you can see the river pouring into the narrorw gorge above the lower falls. The second...
  • 0.8mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Linville Falls Trailhead

Estatoe Trail

Easy
  • This new, easy trail follows the Davidson River up from the Lowe's in Brevard to the Davidson River Campground, connecting to the city of Brevard's greenway system. Easy, nearly level trail with some nice riverside scenery. Passes a large rock cliff...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

E. Stone Mountain Road Trail

Exclamation Point Trail

Moderate
  • The Exclamation Point trail leads from the Chimney to the eponymous point in Chimney Rock Park, a rock outcropping overlooking the Hickory Nut Gorge at 2480 ft. This strenuous trail finds you looking down over Chimney Rock and Lake Lure as you start...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Exercise Trail

Easy

Explorer Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Travels on mostly old roadbeds; only a couple of steep sections. Crosses Beaten Branch a couple of times on the northeast end; this can be wet. Re-routed section near Cold Creek Knob Road is steeper with several switchbacks. Explorer Loop Alternate...
  • 3mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

"Fairy House" Trail

Moderate
  • Crosses Shope Creek at the gate, then climbs through a clearing and into the forest beside a tiny wet-weather stream. Climbs steeply at the end before reaching an old logging road/trail.
  • 0.35mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Falls Branch Trail

Easy
  • An easy walk, mostly on an old roadbed, to the base of this beautiful waterfall. Starting in some old farmland with exotic flowering plant species, the trail then passes through a bottomland forest of hemlocks and hardwoods, with some big boulders on...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

Farlow Gap Trail

Most Difficult

Farmhouse Trail

Moderate

Fawn Lake Loop Trail

Easy

Fawn Lake Road Trail

Easy

Fax Branch Trail

Figure Eight Trail

Easy

Finley Cane Trail Trail

Fires Creek Access Trail

Flat Creek Trail Trail

Flat Laurel Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Follows an old railroad grade up from NC 215 to the end of FS 816, the Black Balsam parking area. It's a gentle climb on a wide trail; it's very rocky all the way. It's also a unique trail since it's entire length is above 5000 ft. elevation. Starts...
  • 3.7mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Flat Ridge Trail

Flat Rock Trail

Easy

Flat Rock Trail

Moderate

Flat Rock Ridge Trail

Moderate

Flat Top Mountain Trail

Moderate

Flatwoods Trail

Moderate

Fletcher Creek Trail

Easy
  • Typical streamside trail for the most part, with cove hardwood forests, hemlocks, fern gardens and log bridges. Some muddy sections are out there, but the trail is mostly dry. It passes through some open meadows rimmed with flowering dogwoods near...
  • 2.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Florence Preserve Blue Trail

Moderate
  • As Florence Preserve's longest trail, this one has a variety of character. From Kelly Mountain Road up to the Yellow trailhead connector, this is a narrow, slope-side trail with a couple of creek crossings on log bridges. Some neat trees grow here,...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Orange - Little Pisgah Point Trail

Easy
  • This is the orange trail (one of three) that leads from the Blue Trail out to Little Pisgah Point. It's a gently-sloped old road bed, which passes near an opening in the forest that lets in a lot of light and lets lots of poison ivy grow. Right at...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Orange Overlook Trail

Moderate
  • Not to be confused with the other orange trails in the preserve, this a short, narrow side path to the unnamed overlook off the Red trail. This is the best overlook in the Preserve, in my opinion, with some good views to the west up the gorge. Some...
  • 0.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Orange West Trail

Moderate
  • A ridgetop and side-hill trail which mostly parallels Little Pisgah Road, in the preserve's northwest section.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Red Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs steeply from Kelly Hill Road, up to the top of the ridge. Parts of this segment are heavily eroded. Beyond the Orange overlook connector, this levels out - it's an old road bed - and there are some sections with lots of poison ivy to watch out...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve White Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old road bed along most of its length, with a gentle grade compared to other trails in the area. Two creek crossings.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Yellow Trail

Moderate
  • This is one of 3 yellow trails in Florence Nature Preserve, which (taken together and using connectors) traverse the area from southeast to northwest. This is an old road bed - steep and narrow at times as it leaves the Blue Trail - which climbs all...
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Yellow North Trail

Moderate

Florence Preserve Yellow Trailhead Connector Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs, steeply at first, from the new trailhead on US 74-A (the old chimney) to the Blue Trail near the main stream. Passes near some very steep areas near the beginning; use caution, especially if you have kids (the trail itself is quite safe)....
  • 0.75mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Fodder Stack Trail

Moderate

Foothills Trail

More Difficult

Forest Festival Trail

Easy

Fork Mountain Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail follows the ridgeline and ascends and descends frequently over several mountain tops most notably Birdstand Mountain. From the top of these mountains the view can be obscured by trees but the few glimpses you get will show vistas of the...
  • 6.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Fork Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail steadily climbs through upland hardwood forests and rhododendron thickets. After the initial ascent, the trail mostly follows ridge tops offering views of Big Creek drainage. The best viewing times are early spring, late fall and winter....
  • 2mi, Climbs Steeply,
  • Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area Trailhead

Fork Ridge Trail Trail

Forney Creek Trail Trail

Forney Ridge Trail Trail

"Forrest Falls" Trail

Moderate
  • Leads from the Shope Creek trail across a tributary of Shope Creek to the top of Forrest Falls. Provides connections with "Crested Iris" and "Upper Shope", making some loop possibilities. The lower part is identified as "I" on the Shope Creek logging...
  • 0.35mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Foster Creek Trail

Easy
  • Pleasant, easy trail travels through the lowlands beside Foster Creek, in a rather detached section of Pisgah National Forest. No intersections with any other trails (except the old logging road). Mostly white pine and cove hardwood forests, with an...
  • 1.59mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Pisgah Ranger District Trailhead

Four Seasons Trail

Moderate
  • Winds its way uphill from the upper end of the Meadows area to the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Smaller kids will have trouble on this one, but it does offer one of the longer hikes in the park and - combined with the Hickory Nut Falls trail - a more...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Fox Trail

More Difficult
  • Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 4.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. This remote trail has an expansive vista of the Blue Ridge at the eastern end of the trail. It descends to Nettle Branch and then winds around...
  • 3.7mi, Level, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Fox Hunters Paradise Trail

Easy

Frank Street Trail

Easy

Front Lake Loop Trail

Easy
  • An easy path around Front Lake - more of a large pond than a lake, but pretty and relaxing nonetheless. There are some great views up thru the front pasture to the main house from this loop. There are connecting trails up to the main house and the...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead

Frying Pan Mountain Trail

Moderate
  • Besides having one of the most interesting names on the Parkway, Frying Pan Mountain has a fire tower on top which hikers can climb for excellent views in all directions. It's a great place to see Mount Pisgah's profile as well as Cold Mountain and...
  • 1.65mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Gabes Mountain Trail Trail

Galax Trail

Moderate
  • **Note:** This trail was closed permanently in 2010. Use the Triple Falls trail instead. Newer, short trail winds up through several switchbacks from the Hooker Falls parking area up the hill to the picnic area at Triple Falls. Named for large...
  • 0.27mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Gate Trail

Easy
  • The trail follows Flat Creek, and has many informative signs and nice benches on which to rest. This trail as an extension of the Nature Trail and includes "Elizabeth's Path", which was named for Elizabeth Peterson who loved to walk along this creek....
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Gatlinburg Trail Trail

Glassy Mountain Trail

Moderate
  • Also called just the "Glassy" trail, this one climbs from near the main house up to the round, flat summit of Glassy Mountain, which is the highest point in the park at 2783' elevation. This one is a bit steeper and is longer than the rest of the...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead

Glen Burney Trail

Moderate

Glen Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • Three waterfalls along East Fork Creek are collectively known as Glen Falls, and are well worth the effort required to reach them. The trail travels downhill, starting at the back of the parking area. The trail emerges at the top of the first falls,...
  • 2.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Golden Ridge Loop Trail

More Difficult

Goldmine Loop Trail Trail

Gold Mine Trail Trail

Goshen Prong Trail Trail

Grandfather Trail

Most Difficult
  • Follows the length of Grandfather Mountain's summit ridge from the Attraction area near the Swinging Bridge to the summit of Calloway Peak. Travels through a spruce-fir forest, up and around rock walls and pinnacles, and through open meadows. There...
  • 2.4mi, Hilly, Very Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Grandfather Extension Trail

Moderate
  • From the hiker parking below the summit, climbs through a series of switchbacks in a spruce-fir forest (with a healthy helping of blueberry and rhododendron shrubs in the understory). Rocky and rooty in places, with a couple of wood structures to...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Granny Burrell Falls Trail

Moderate
  • In addition to providing access to the long, sliding Granny Burrell Falls, and the huge pool downstream of them, this trail travels near some neat portions of Panthertown Creek. A Carlton McNeil classic, it twists and turns through some of the...
  • 0.31mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Grapeyard Ridge Trail Trail

Grassy Branch Trail Trail

Grassy Cove Trail

Grassy Creek Trail

More Difficult

Grassy Creek Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Very short; travels down to the falls. Convoluted trail right before you get to the falls with lots of roots and rocks.
  • 0.28mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Grassy Creek Road Trail

Grassy Dam Trail

Moderate

Grassy Gap Trail

Grassy Gap Road Trail

Moderate

Grassy Knob Trail

Grassy Loop Trail

Grassy Meadow Trail

Moderate
  • From the eastern end, the trail - which is an old road - ascends slightly, then crosses a tributary of Briery Fork before going through its eponymous meadow, surrounded by a forest filled with white pine. It descends again to the west junction with...
  • 0.83mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Grassy Road Trail

Easy
  • An old road bed that is becoming a trail again. Moderate climb near the junction with Thrift Cove; levels out near the junction with Sycamore Cove. The open forest along the trail is filled with Appalachian Hill Cane in many areas.
  • 1mi, ,
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Graveyard Fields Trail

Moderate
  • Excellent loop, highly recommended. Spectacular high-elevation meadows. Wet areas; heavily traveled. Some sections of northern hardwood forests with scattered spruces/firs. Lots of mountain laurel, blueberries, and galax. Takes hiker to Second Falls...
  • 3.2mi, Level, Some Obstacles
  • Black Balsam - Art Loeb Trailhead Trailhead

Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

Moderate
  • This loop travels through a unique, high-elevation, flat valley to a spectacular cascading waterfall. Braided streams, open valleys, short high-elevation forests, rhododendron & galax groves, clear pools. See Also the Graveryard Fields Best Hike.
  • 2.29mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Graveyard Fields Trailhead

Graveyard Ridge Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old railroad grade through thin forests above Graveyard Fields valley. Mostly northern hardwood trees with a few spruces &/ firs near the intersection with the Mountains to Sea Trail. & the Ivestor Gap Trail. Rocky & wet in a...
  • 3.4mi, Level, Some Obstacles
  • Graveyard Fields Trailhead

Graveyard Ridge Connector Trail

Moderate

Graybeard Trail

More Difficult
  • Crosses Flat Creek on a bridge and goes upstream on a steady uphill course. Past the Harry Bryan trail, the trail enters the Boggs Wilderness and climbs along an old roadbed. It crosses Flat Creek again, turns into a purpose-built singletrack trail...
  • 4.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Greasy Cove Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail initially traverses Grassy Cove Ridge at or near its crest, with minimal views other than of the Parkway, until it drops down to Greasy Cove Prong. Caution: The trail is especially difficult to see during this descent. It follows the prong...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Great Wall Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail was previously considered two trails by most, but the Forest Service has officially combined them into one. For this reason, it has two distinct characters on the two different sections that now share the same name. Starting on the Deep...
  • 1.63mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Great Woodland Adventure Trail

Easy
  • Perfect introductory hike for families with small children! Woodland creatures take the spotlight at 12 discovery stations along this easy winding trail at the Meadows, giving the little ones motivation to keep going to see what's next. On...
  • 0.6mi, Few Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Greenbrier Ridge Trail Trail

Green Knob Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail follows a ridge line to the Green Knob Lookout Tower at 5,090 feet. The trail is very steep and gets rocky so some minor scrambling is required. The trail provides amazing views of this beautiful mountainous region. After 2.8 miles the...
  • 3.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Greenland Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Formerly called Carlton's Way, named after Carlton McNeil. Carlton was a nearby resident who loved the Panthertown valley and was known locally as its "keeper". He blazed many of the trails in the area, including this one, and his trails...
  • 1.02mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Greenlee Mountain Trail

Green Mountain Trail

Most Difficult
  • Climbs steeply from the river valley to the top of Green Mountain, and then travels along Fork Ridge. Variety of forest types culminating in a spruce-fir forest near the top. Scenic, wilderness travel.
  • 5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Middle Prong Wilderness Trailhead

Green Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail begins at the gate on FS 3509 and follows gravel road for one mile. At this point, the trail leaves the gravel road and follows an old wooded road into a cove. The path then steadily climbs Green Ridge and crosses Dry Creek headwaters. The...
  • 3.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area Trailhead

Green's Lick Trail

Moderate

Greentown Trail

Most Difficult

Greentown Shortcut Trail

Green Valley Trail

Moderate

Gregory Bald Trail Trail

Gregory Ridge Trail Trail

Groundhog Creek Trail

Moderate
  • This trail follows Groundhog Creek for most of its length. Just below the Appalachian Trail shelter the trail crosses an old road. Water is available along the trail and at the shelter. Offers 9.5 mile loop: Combine with Groundhog Creek, Rube Rock...
  • 1.9mi, ,
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Guion Trail

Gully Creek Trail

Gunter Fork Trail Trail

Hanging Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • This is the most direct way to reach Hanging Rock itself, and is probably the most popular trail in the park. The trail is wide and has a gravel surface for most of its length, but gets narrower and rockier near the top. From the picnic...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Hanging Rock State Park Trailhead

Hangover Alternate Trail

Hangover Lead Trail

Hannah Mountain Trail Trail

Haoe Lead Trail

Hardtimes Connector Trail

Easy
  • Connects the Hardtimes parking area with the entry road near the Rice Pinnacle parking area and the Deer Lake Lodge trail.
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Harper Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Although this trail is listed as "easy" in some publications, that's not really the case. It might be considered moderate if you only hike to the falls and back, but the whole trail is much longer than that. And the multiple creek crossings, sparse...
  • 6.0mi, Hilly, Very Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Harper Creek - Raider Camp Connector Trail

More Difficult
  • Great connector trail, but rarely used and very overgrown. It represents the only way to not trespass and connect from the top of Raider Camp over to the Harper Creek trail.
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Harry Bryan Trail

Easy
  • A gentle up-and-down hike through the woods of Bell Forest to Flat Creek and a bridge at the Graybeard trail. Makes a nice, easy 1.8 mi loop when combined with Graybeard and/or Julia Woodward/Sanctuary trails.
  • 0.4mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Hatcher Mountain Trail Trail

Hawksbill Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs along a newer alignment from the trailhead parking on Table Rock Road, where the trail is generally in good shape. Passes through a few switchbacks so the lower portion is not too steep. The area is mostly dry, with a forest of oak, maples,...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

Haywood Gap Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starting at FR 97, Haywood Gap Trail climbs alongside the Middle Prong of the West Fork of the Pigeon River all the way up to the Mountains to Sea Trail about 75 yards from where it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Haywood Gap. Parts of the trail...
  • 5.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Middle Prong Wilderness Trailhead

Hazel Creek Trail Trail

Headquarters Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts at the Shinny Creek picnic area, 0.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail provides access to Shinny Creek Trail, the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite and the Upper Falls Trail. One of the main artery trails which provides access to...
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Heartbreak Ridge Trail

Hemlock Nature Trail

Easy
  • This easy, accessible trail follows the beautiful Jacob Fork River. There are many interpretive signs along the way, explaining various aspects of the geology, flora and fauna of the area. You'll also pass the amphitheater where interpretive programs...
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Hemphill Bald Trail Trail

Hickey Fork Trail

More Difficult
  • The Hickey Fork trail travels through the Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area. It should be treated as such; only those experienced in wilderness travel should attempt to hike all of it. More casual hikers will enjoy an out-and-back trip to the falls on...
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area Trailhead

Hickory Branch Trail

Hickory Mountain Loop Trail

Moderate
  • This trail was rebuilt in the spring of 2014 by Elevated Trail Design, and from the looks of it, the re-route is quite nice. There is a good photo gallery of the trail & construction on [the trailbuilder's portfolio...
  • 1.06mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Hickory Mountain Road Trail

Easy
  • Old gravel road travels from the meadow near Guion Farm to the bottom of Hickory Mountain, where it connects to Hickory Mountain Loop and Ridgeline. Mostly gravel; travels through pine forest. Passes through another clearing near the upper end with a...
  • 2.76mi, Climbs Gently, Graveled
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Hickory Nut Falls Trail

Easy
  • Following an old jeep road, this trail leads through a mixed hardwood forest to the base of 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Some sections are rocky, but the hills are generally mild and children should be able to reach the falls. This trail was formerly...
  • 0.75mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Hickory Ridge Trail

Easy
  • Travels from the summit of Lookout Mountain to the Old Mitchell Toll Road. The Rattlesnake Mountain trail is 180 ft south and passes onto Ridgecrest Conference Center property.
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Higgins Bald Trail

Moderate
  • This trail branches off from the Mount Mitchell Trail. The trail gently climbs Higgins Bald where old cabin foundations exist. It breaks off to the left from the Mount Mitchell trail after about 1.5 miles and rejoins the yellow blazed Mount Mitchell...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

High Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This "trail" has a lot of parts to it. Starting at the High Falls parking area, a brand-new portion of footpath leads to the intersection with the Triple Falls trail. It's nice because it keeps you from having to walk on the boring, open, sunny...
  • 0.73mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

High Point Trail

Moderate
  • Steeper trail with more rocks than others at Jackrabbit Mountain. Nice view from the top.
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

High Shoals Falls Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • This short, but steep, and very popular trail takes hikers about a mile to High Shoals Falls. All junctions are signed and the tail is well blazed. Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area on an old road to the right of the picnic area. (You can also...
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Hilltop Loop Trail

Easy

Holly Road Trail

Easy

Holly Springs Trail

More Difficult

Homesite Road Trail

Easy
  • This easy 1.5-mile trail starts near Cliffside Lake Dam, follows Skitty Creek and connects with a road that meets U.S. 64 halfway between Dry and Bridal Veil Falls.
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Homestead Trail

Easy
  • This trail was recently completely re-graded. Travels along the shore of Lake Powhatan. Passes through the beach area and past the dam, then downstream along Bent Creek. There are a few footbridges and some wet places, but it's otherwise a fairly...
  • 1mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Hooker Creek Trail

Moderate

Hooker Falls Road Trail

Easy
  • Old roadbed follows Little River to Hooker Falls. Mostly flat; drops a bit right at the falls to reach the base.
  • 0.25mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Hooker Ridge Road Trail

Moderate

Hooper Bald Trail

Easy

Horse Cove Gap Trail

Moderate

Horseridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Connects Lower CCC to Upper CCC. Closest access is 4.8 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. This is a remote strenuous ridgeline trail that offers views west to Walker Top Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Views of the Black Mountains, Table...
  • 3.3mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

H.Q. Trail

Easy

Hughes Ridge Trail Trail

Hunt-Fish Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This trail is a co-signed as a portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail and takes you to a popular, yet small, waterfall on Lost Cove Creek. From the well signed trailhead on FR 464, the trail descends moderately through a few switchbacks and then...
  • 0.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Hurricane Creek Loop Trail

Moderate

Huskey Gap Trail Trail

Huskins Branch Trail

Hyatt Ridge Trail Trail

Ike Branch Trail

Indian Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • This path is also part of the Mountains to Sea Trail. From the picnic area and trailhead parking, the trail goes 0.4 miles to Hidden Falls (easy), then reaches Window Falls at 0.6 miles (moderate). It continues past these small, but neat, waterfalls...
  • 1.3mi, ,
  • Hanging Rock State Park Trailhead

Indian Creek Trail

Indian Creek Motor Trail Trail

Indian Creek Trail Trail

Indian Grave Gap Trail Trail

Ingles Field Connector Trail

Moderate

Ingles Field Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Intersects many other trails. Mostly sidehill, level in places. Logged areas. Climbs from Ledford Branch Road to Ingles Field Gap.
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Iron Bridge Loop Trail

Easy

Isaac Heath Trail

Moderate

Ivestor Gap Trail

Easy
  • Similar to the Flat Laurel Creek trail, this trail follows an old railroad grade. It travels around Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains. It is level or climbs gently in places. It is very rocky and very wet, although there are no sizeable stream...
  • 4.3mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Jack Branch Trail

More Difficult
  • Jack Branch Trail combined with the River Ridge Trail offers panoramic views of the French Broad River. The trail traverses open fields and Oak-Hickory forests.
  • 2.4mi, ,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Jacob Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Upper Falls Trail to Fox Trail. Closest access is 3 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. This moderate foot trail crosses Jacob Branch and ascends southwest to Fox Trail. Walk along the riparian area of Jacob Branch.
  • 1.1mi, Level, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Jacob Fork River Trail

Easy

Jakes Creek Trail Trail

Jenkins Meadow Trail

Jenkins Ridge Trail Trail

Jerry Miller Trail

More Difficult
  • Formerly known as the Whiteoak Flats trail. The trail leaves FS 111 from parking on the road’s left side. The trail is especially scenic in late spring when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom. Crossing Big Creek and climbing a...
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area Trailhead

Jim Branch Trail

Jim Branch Loop Trail

Joanna Mountain Trail

Moderate
  • Dead-ends on the backside of Joanna Mountain. Would make a great trail if it traveled to the overlooks on the front of the mountain, but you'll have to bushwhack to get there for now. This trail is no longer maintained and is closed to bikes and...
  • 0.27mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Joanna Road Trail

Moderate

John Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Steep and rocky near upper intersection w/ Cat Gap. Travels over wide ridgeline to face of John Rock; spectacular view of Looking Glass Rock & the Pisgah Ridge near the Black Balsam Mountain area. Travels through flat areas & steep coves near lower...
  • 1.8mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

John Wasilik Memorial Poplar Trail

Easy

Jonas Creek Trail Trail

Jonas Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail

Moderate
  • This figure-8 loop trail travels through a spectacular, virgin forest, one of the largest tracts of uncut forest in the Eastern United States. The forest around this trail is designated the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This is a fitting memorial for...
  • 2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Cheoah Ranger District Trailhead

Julia Woodward Trail

Easy
  • A short hike to a scenic spot on the creek with a historical plaque and large boulders.
  • 0.7mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Jumpingoff Rocks Trail

Easy

Junaluska Trail

Easy

Juney Whank Falls Trail Trail

Kanati Fork Trail Trail

Kephart Prong Trail Trail

Kimsey Creek Trail

More Difficult

King Meadows Trail

Lake Dense Trail

Easy

Lake Imaging Road Trail

Moderate
  • Passes Lake Imaging and winds up at Grassy Creek Falls & Buck Forest Road; popular area for horseback riders.
  • 1.53mi, ,
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Lake Julia Road Trail

Easy

Lakeshore Trail - #77 to Campsite #81 Trail

Easy

Lakeshore Trail - #81 To Campsite #86 Trail

Easy

Lakeshore Trail - Hazel Creek To Campsite 90 Trail

Easy

Lakeshore Trail - Lakeview Dr. To #77 Trail

Easy

Lake View Loop Trail

Easy

"Lane Pinnacle" Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs a tributary of Shope Creek through a beautiful cove from Wolfden Flats to a (semi-) dead-end at the head of the cove near a large, angled rock feature below Lane Pinnacle. Unofficial scratch-paths head off in several directions from there.
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Laurel Trail

Moderate

Laurel Creek Trail

Easy

Laurel Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Follows the creek closely at lower end. Switches back & is very steep at upper end as it climbs the ridge.
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Falls Trail Trail

Laurel Gap Trail

Moderate

Laurel Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Long, narrow, backcountry singletrack trail which reaches high elevations. Climbs gradually from Yellow Gap Road (FR 1206) to the Buck Spring Trail; however, there are a few steep sections. Several unmarked trails join from either side, so keep an...
  • 7.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Mountain Connector Trail

Easy
  • Short; moderately steep. Mostly mixed, high elevation hardwood forest. Rocky in places.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • Nice trail has been re-routed along much of its length. Travels sidehill below the summit of a steep ridge. Mixed hardwood forest.
  • 0.85mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Laurel River Trail

Moderate
  • This trail follows Big Laurel Creek through a scenic gorge to its junction with the French Broad river at the old logging ghost town of Runion. This trail is especially nice in early spring when there are many wildflowers blooming along the path and...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Lead Cove Trail Trail

Leatherwood Loop Trail

Ledford Trail

Easy
  • Connects Wolf Branch trail to Rice Pinnacle Road (FS 479E), crossing Wolf Branch at a muddy area with huge ferns along the way. Climbs moderately toward the road through a young forest. Watch for blazes.
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Left Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • Longest trail at Tsali. Starts with many sections along the Lakeshore with dips into coves to cross small streams; towards the overlook, climbs further into the interior ridges with no major climbs. Connects with Overlook Loop and uses County Line...
  • 11.9mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail

Easy
  • This easy, paved path provides access to the underside of the Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering marvel of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This structure was built from the top down, allowing the fragile environment beneath it to be relatively undisturbed....
  • 0.15mi, ,
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Linville Gorge Trail

Most Difficult

Little Andy Trail

Most Difficult
  • The trail climbs and follows a ridge above Little Andy Creek. The trail emerges on Laurel Gap Trail about 100 feet from Upper Corner Rock Trail on the left. You will pass a seemingly misplaced large granite boulder on the left. Can be made into a...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Little Bearwallow Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This newly-constructed (for the most part) trail climbs the side of Little Bearwallow Mountain in the upper Hickory Nut Gorge to a waterfall of the same name. Passing over private property, it starts as a walk through an orchard (follow the signed...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead

Little Bottoms Trail Trail

Little Brier Gap Trail Trail

Little Briery Trail

Moderate

Little Cataloochee Trail Trail

Little East Fork Trail

Little Fires Creek Trail

Little Glade Millpond Trail

Easy

Little Glassy Mountain Trail

Moderate

Little Green Trail

Easy
  • The Little Green trail starts at the Panthertown Valley trail where it crosses Greenland Creek, near the Cold Mountain entrance to the valley. It starts on a level course along the creek, where there are some bridge structures to carry you over some...
  • 0.96mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Little Greenbrier Trail Trail

Little Green Loop Trail

Little Hickory Top Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at Boyd Branch Road, the trail climbs through several switchbacks through logged areas. The surface is a logging road which used to be a singletrack trail historically called Sidehill, but was revived into a road around 2005 (and is now...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Little Lost Cove Cliffs Trail

Moderate
  • A nice trail leads to the eponymous rock outcrop from which a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Grandfather Mountain at the top unfolds. Most of the trail follows old road or skid road beds; it is moderately rocky in places but...
  • 1.3mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Little River Trail

Moderate
  • Follows an old roadbed. Mostly smooth with some sand and rocks, and one creek crossing (Tom Creek) with a log bridge. Not much in the way of elevation change. Follows the river in places. Ends at the State Forest boundary above Bridal Veil Falls. The...
  • 1.17mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Little River Trail

Moderate
  • Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail crosses Little River and connects to the Upper CCC Trail. Horseback riders share part of this trail with hikers. Views of the Little River.
  • 2.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Little River Trail Trail

Little Sam Trail

Moderate
  • Connects the Flat Laurel Creek to the Mountains to Sea trail, providing several loop options. High elevation trail. Follows old road/railroad grades with one larger stream crossing. Very muddy and wet, and somewhat overgrown. Passes above a very...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Little Table Rock Trail

More Difficult

Locust Trail

Moderate

Locust Cove Trail

London Bald Trail

Most Difficult

Long Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Interesting trail travels through some flat streamside areas near upper end & also up and over low ridges. Some muddy sections near upper end have been reinforced with puncheon and/or rock & gravel causeways. Travels through some dense stands of...
  • 2.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Long Branch Trail

More Difficult

Long Bunk Trail Trail

Long Hungry Ridge Trail Trail

Long Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Longer loop circling Max Patch Mountain. Descends into some beautiful meadows lower down the mountain with views back up to the top. Rhododendron tunnels. One section passes by the headwaters of a tiny stream, where a few very old, fat trees grow....
  • 2.4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Longside Trail

Moderate

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Moderate
  • A classic Pisgah trail. Travels first through small cove, then steeply up the back side of Looking Glass Rock through many switchbacks. Mixed cove hardwood, hardwood, and pine-oak forests. Some areas of rare Carolina hemlocks. Rock slabs. End of...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Somewhat Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Lookout Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs moderately through a nice cove before a few switchbacks on new stretches of trail up to the Old Trestle Road. Climbs steeply beyond Trestle Road along the ridge with stairs in places. A few stretches just before the overlook have exposed rocks...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Lookout Rock Trail

Loop Trail Trail

Lost Cove Trail

Most Difficult

Lost Cove Trail Trail

Lost Province Trail

Moderate
  • Travels along the south-eastern facing slope of Mount Jefferson. The moderate Lost Province Trail explores a virgin oak/chestnut forest, providing views of false Solomon's seal and other understory species.
  • 0.75mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Trailhead

Lover's Leap Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs steeply from the Silvermine trailhead parking area to the Appalachian Trail, near the top of Lovers Leap Ridge. The Silvermine trailhead is across the French Broad River bridge from downtown Hot Springs. The main overlook, located at a rock...
  • 0.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Lower Cascades Trail

Moderate
  • From the parking area off of Hall Rd., the Lower Cascades trail winds through level, young woods up to the edge of a little gorge Cascade Creek has carved as it cuts down to the Dan River. Upon reaching the "rim" of the gorge, the trail descends over...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Hanging Rock State Park Trailhead

Lower CCC Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Benn Knob Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 4.3 miles from the Jacob Fork parking area. The Lower CCC Trail was named for the Camp Dyer Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The trail follows a ridgeline that separates the Henry Fork...
  • 2.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail Trail

Lower Piney Trail

Moderate
  • A traverse around the foot of Big Piney Ridge. From the south trailhead at Harmony Road, this beautifully built trail winds along the rocky mountainside, climbs through a few switchbacks, and passes a couple of nice viewpoints and lichen-encrusted...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Lower Ridge Trail

Most Difficult

Lower Sidehill Trail

Moderate
  • A steep climb near the south end gives way to a sidehill traverse, mostly on old road beds, before descending to lower elevations and smaller hills near the north end. This is one of the more remote-feeling sections of trail in Bent Creek. Passes...
  • 3.1mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Lower Sidehill Connector Trail

Moderate
  • From Laurel Branch Road and Lower Sidehill trail, this is downhill to Bent Creek Gap Road. A short trail with a nice hemlock grove.
  • 0.4mi, , Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Lower Steels Creek Trail

Most Difficult

Low Gap Trail I Trail

Low Gap Trail II Trail

LT - #90 To Fontana Dam Trail

Lumber Ridge Trail Trail

Lynn Camp Prong Trail Trail

Mackey Mountain Trail

  • The infamous Mackey Mountain trail starts near the top of Curtis Creek Road and heads southeast. This trail begins well enough, winding along and across the ridgeline past Sams Knob and over to Narrows Knob, but (as of 2016) the blazes and the trail...
  • 8mi, ,
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

Mac's Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Provides the quickest access to Greenland Creek Falls from the Cold Mountain trailhead on an old road bed. Then, ascends into the heart of the valley and descends again between Big and Little Green Mountains. Can be used to make a ton of loop options...
  • 3.13mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Maddron Bald Trail Trail

Magnolia Springs Trail

Moderate

Maple Run Trail

Moderate
  • Begins at the office and connects to the trailhead parking area, and also ties into the Beech Tree Trail for an easy loop. Designed for cross country skiing and hiking. Wake Robin and Giant Trilliums may be seen from the trail in spring.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Elk Knob State Park Trailhead

Maple Springs Trail

Martins Gap Trail Trail

Maze Trail

Moderate

McKee Branch Trail Trail

Meigs Creek Trail Trail

Meigs Mountain Trail Trail

Memminger Trail

Moderate
  • A pleasant loop around Little Glassy Mountain, starting and ending at the main house. Some parts climb noticeably although even most kids will be able to handle this one. Passes thru some nice forests and over a small rock outcrop, and thru...
  • 0.9mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead

Metcalf Bottoms Trail Trail

Micajah Trail

Moderate

Middle Falls Trail

Middle Falls Alternate Trail

Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Accessible from Stone Mountain Loop Trail, this trail leads hikers a half mile along Big Sandy Creek to Middle Falls and then extends to Lower Falls. The trail dead-ends at Lower Falls.
  • 1.0mi, ,
  • Stone Mountain State Park Trailhead

Middle Fork Trail

Easy
  • The trail follows an old railroad grade; you may notice some of the old ties still in the ground. It follows or crosses the Middle Fork of the North Mills River for its entire length. You will pass some wildlife fields, which are maintained by the...
  • 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Middle Prong Trail Trail

Mill Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail offers views of Big Laurel Creek Gorge and the Rich Mountain area. The fields have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • 5.4mi, ,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Mine Mountain Trail

More Difficult

Mingo Falls Trail

Moderate
  • The trail starts at the back of the parking lot and begins going up a very long set of concrete and wood steps. There are hundreds of them. It's short, though. At the top of the steps, the path turns back into a wide trail and levels out. It's just a...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Western North Carolina Trailhead

Mingus Trail

Mingus Creek Trail Trail

Miry Ridge Trail Trail

Mitchell Lick Trail

Mooney Falls Trail

Easy

Moore Cemetery Road Trail

Easy

Moore Cove Trail

Easy
  • Travels beside a scenic stream to 70' free-falling Moore Cove Falls. Beautiful open cove hardwood forest with fern gardens. Several plank bridges & log causeways over wet areas. Rock outcroppings. This trail makes an excellent hike for families,...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Access Trail

Easy
  • Connects the Second Falls spur of the Graveyard Fields trail to the Mountains to Sea Trail. Can be used to access the Skinny Dip Falls area from Graveyard Fields, or the other way around.
  • 0.23mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Graveyard Fields Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 1 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Clingman's Dome to Waterrock Knob** From the start of the trail at Clingmans Dome on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (north), to the summit of Waterrock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail is all on existing...
  • 68.9mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 2 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Waterrock Knob to Pisgah Inn** From Waterrock Knob to Flat Gap, the trail follows the Blue Ridge Parkway closely at most times. It gains some distance from the motor road on the southwest slope of the ridge line from there to Haywood Gap. From...
  • 61.0mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 6 Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 3 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground** Pisgah Inn, BRP mp 408.6 to Folk Art Center, BRP mp 382: from the Pisgah Inn to the Mount Pisgah Parking Area, the trail is co-signed as the Buck Spring trail. This leads past the old Buck Spring Lodge...
  • 67.7mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 4 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Black Mountain Campground to Beacon Heights** From Black Mounain Recreation Area by South Toe River in Pisgah NF to Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1: Climbs the ridge. From Buck Gap at BRP mp 344.1 (NC-80) to Woodlawn Park (US-221): The MST leaves the...
  • 75.2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 5 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Beacon Heights to Devil's Garden Overlook** Beacon Heights, BRP mp 305.3 (near Grandfather Mountain) to Blowing Rock (US-321) BRP mp 291.9. Among the co-signed trails followed by the Mountains to Sea Trail on this stretch is the exceptionally...
  • 90.3mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 6 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Devil's Garden Overlook to Pilot Mountain State Park** Devils Garden Overlook BRP mp 235.7 through Stone Mountain State Park to its headquaters parking area. Follows some named trails, but other trails are to be selected by Stone Mountain State...
  • 67.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 1 Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 7 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Pilot Mountain State Park to Hanging Rock State Park** From Surry County boundary through Stokes County: (This section includes 7 miles of trails in Hanging Rock State Park.) The Sauratown Trail that connects Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock has...
  • 36.0mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Pilot Mountain State Park Trailhead

Mount Cammerer Trail Trail

Mount Mitchell Trail

Most Difficult
  • This long, strenuous trail leads from the Black Mountain Campground (USFS) to the summit. Most of the trail is on USFS property. Climbs 3600 ft in 5.5 mi. It's steep and rough in sections, but there are spectacular views. You'll travel through a...
  • 5.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Mount Pisgah Trail

Moderate
  • A classic Blue Ridge Parkway hike. Travels from the Mount Pisgah parking area along a gently climbing, moderately rocky trail until it gains the ridgeline; then gets steeper with rougher tread condtions. Hardwood forest of mostly oaks with a few...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Mount Sterling Ridge Trail Trail

Mount Sterling Trail Trail

Mouse Branch Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Trail passes through some clearcuts, through some intact sections of forest. Shortest Tsali trail. Connects with new, 2.5 mile Mouse Branch Overlook Loop with excellent views of Fontana Lake. Like all the trails at Tsali, no steep climbs and no major...
  • 6.5mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Mouse Branch Overlook Loop Trail

Moderate
  • One-way trail (counter-clockwise), but this mainly applies to mountain bikers and horses. Good view from the overlook. Several neat islands lie below you in the lake.
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Mullinax Trail

Moderate
  • From the S. Mills River trail, climbs on an eroded old roadbed through nondescript forest to a nice campsite in a gap, just after crossing a small stream. The trail makes a hard right to the north on another road bed, which heads uphill into the...
  • 1.2mi, ,
  • Mills River Trailhead

Naked Ground Trail

Nell's Cabin Trail

Moderate
  • An old unmaintained forest road leads along a north slope to the site used for the filming of the movie *Nell*. The cabin has been removed.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Nantahala National Forest Trailhead

Newton Bald Trail Trail

Nichols Cove Trail

Noland Creek Trail Trail

Noland Divide Trail Trail

Nolton Ridge Trail

Nooks Trail

Easy
  • A little-used trail which dead-ends in the Nooks, a spit of land formed by the Little River's meanderings.
  • 0.42mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

North Boundary Road Trail

Moderate
  • Wide gravel road near bottom, wide trail near top. Old guardrails. Open areas with lots of poison ivy and thorns.
  • 3.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

North Harper Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Climbs from the Harper Creek Trail above Harper Creek Falls, past Bard Falls and North Harper Creek Falls, ending on Kawana Road. Several creek crossings and a wilderness setting add to the difficulty of this trail, which would otherwise be rated as...
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

North Harper Creek Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • 75% of this trail is in great shape; travels along an old roadbed through beautiful woods with few obstacles. Judging by the size of the trees growing on the roadbed, it's been here a while. The last little bit turns into a true foot path and is a...
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

North Harper Shortcut Trail

Moderate
  • Shortcut from FS 464 down to a beautiful section of the North Harper Creek trail about a half mile above Bard Falls. Easiest way to the falls, and a pleasant trail itself. Well constructed path winds in and out of the coves as it gently descends.
  • 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

North Mills River Trail

Easy
  • Scenic and mostly level, but many river crossings where the trail is difficult to follow. River crossings may be impassible in high water.
  • 1.6mi, Some Hills, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

North Road Trail

Moderate

North Slope Trail

Moderate
  • Loop starts and ends in the Davidson River campground. Described CCW. Follows Davidson River, then steepens & follows smaller stream up through cove. Hemlock groves near lower end. Levels at top; becomes sidehill; dips into coves & out around ridges....
  • 3.7mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

North Slope Connector Trail

Nottely River Connector Trail

Nuwati Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old logging road. Easy but rocky; ends at Storyteller's Rock and a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl valley and up to Calloway Peak. Stream crossings, rhododendron tunnels, a spring channeled through a sluice, a stand of big-tooth aspens,...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Oak Tree Trail

Easy

Oconaluftee River Trail Trail

Old Butt Knob Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail follows Chestnut Ridge and crosses several knobs that provide nice views of the surrounding Shining Rock Wilderness. In the first half mile after leaving Shining Creek Trail, it climbs very steeply, gaining about 1,400 feet of elevation,...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Old Mitchell Trail

Moderate
  • Leads from the park office to the Summit trail. Travels through a dense spruce-fir forest; though the trees are mostly firs along the ridges. There are some wet, rocky, steep and/or exposed cliff sections. Provides spectacular views of the summit...
  • 2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Old Mitchell - Campground Spur Trail

Moderate
  • Short spur leading from the park campground up to the the Old Mitchell trail below the summit. Go straight to reach the summit; right to get to the Camp Alice trail and the rest of the Old Mitchell trail.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Old Mitchell Toll Road Trail

Moderate
  • Follows a tourist road which once provided motorized access to the summit of Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain after the logging operations and tourist railroad had winded down. The toll road largely followed the old railroad's path, but the town of...
  • mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Old Settlers Trail Trail

Old Sugarlands Trail Trail

Old Trestle Road Trail

Moderate
  • This is a historic logging and tourist railroad grade that once went from Black Mountain to Mount Mitchell in the early 1900's. It is called the "Trestle Road" because of the three trestles it once needed to span creeks along the route. Between...
  • mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Omphus Ridge Trail

Outcroppings Trail

Moderate
  • **Note:** the old all-wood staircases have been removed and replaced with sturdy state-park style steel and wood structures. The Needle's Eye spiral staircase has been removed. This "trail" provides walking access to the Chimney in lieu of the...
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Overlook Trail

Moderate
  • Crosses the very summit of Blackrock Mountain before descending to the cliff areas for spectacular 180-degree views of Big and Little Green Mountains, and the entire Panthertown valley. The cliff-top viewing area has some nice flat spots to hang out...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Overlook Loop Trail

Moderate
  • 2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Trailhead

Palmer Creek Trail Trail

Panther Creek Trail Trail

Panthertown Valley Trail

Moderate
  • This is the main trail through the valley which stretches from the Cold Mountain entrance to the Salt Rock entrance. Portions of this trail are open to horses and/or bikes. It passes near many of the main attractions within the valley, so many loop...
  • 3.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Park Creek Trail

Easy

Park Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Path to Chimney Trail

Easy
  • Getting directly to the top of the Chimney from the main parking area is mostly indoors, and consists of a short walk through a man-made tunnel, a ride up an elevator, a walk through a gift shop, a short walk along this cliff-top path, and then a...
  • 0.1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Pearson's Falls Trail

Easy

Perkins Trail

Most Difficult

Perry Cove Trail

More Difficult

Persimmon Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Phillips Branch Trail

Most Difficult

Phillips Ridge Trail

Pickens Nose Trail

Easy

Picnic Area Connector Trail

Easy
  • Short gravel path connects the two main picnic shelters over a small hill and through some nice woods. Pretty ferns and mountain laurel (blooming in late May) grow beside it. For maximum hiking distance, park at the northerly picnic area, take this...
  • 0.25mi, Few Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead

Pilot Cove Loop Trail

Moderate
  • In what could be one of the most bizarre naming situations in all of Pisgah, this trail is neither in a cove nor a loop. Rather, the best reasoning I can come up with for its name is that this ridge-top *enables* you to hike a loop above Pilot Cove,...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pilot Cove - Slate Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the his trail begins by following Slate Rock Creek. This is an easy to moderate grade with several stream crossings. Slate Rock Creek is typical of mountain streams, with small cascades and an abundance of mosses and ferns. In the summer,...
  • 4.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pilot Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs somewhat steeply from Yellow Gap Road (FR 1206) up to the Buck Spring/Mountains to Sea trail near Mount Pisgah on the Parkway. Initially crosses a creek, then climbs through a cove forest gradually getting farther from it. Passes through many...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pinch In Trail

Most Difficult

Pine Gap Trail

Moderate

Pine Tree Trail

Moderate

Pine Tree Loop Trail

Easy

Pink Beds Loop Trail

Moderate
  • An excellent loop which travels around the bottom of a unique valley. This is the "Cradle of Forestry in America", where modern forestry techniques were first developed, taught & practiced. Trail is mostly level with a few small hills on north...
  • 5mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Pitch-in Trail

Pitch Pine Trail

Moderate
  • A scenic trail with gentle grades. West of Joanna Road, the trail goes through second-growth forest with only a few bigger trees (mostly white pines). There are some nice areas of galax, and a couple of neat, mossy rocks beside the trail. East of...
  • 0.39mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Plantation Trail

Easy

Plunge Basin Trail

Moderate
  • From the visitor center, this trail starts out fairly smooth through a forest of very large hemlocks and white pines to the junction with the Plunge Basin overlook split. The trail to the overlook is downhill and has some obstacles, but is well...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Linville Falls Trailhead

Pole Road Creek Trail Trail

Polls Gap Trail Trail

Poplar Trail

Moderate

Poplar Hill Loop Trail

Easy

Porters Creek Trail Trail

Possum Trail

More Difficult
  • Can be reached via Shinny Trail. Closest access is 1.6 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail can be combined with Chestnut Knob Trail to make a 7.7 mile loop that is one of the most popular extended hikes in the park. Leaves the Shinny Creek...
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Potts Memorial Trail

Easy

Poundingmill Trail

More Difficult
  • Poundingmill is a lightly used trail which connects the South Mills River and Squirrel Gap trails (#133 and #147, respectively). It is a moderate climb at first as it follows Poundingmill Branch almost the entire way. There are numerous stream...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pounding Mill Trail

More Difficult
  • I have only hiked the portion from Hickey Fork trail to the top at Camp Creek Bald. This portion is used as a 4-wheeler trail, so it's double-tracked. It's moderately steep in places and rocky throughout. Travels along some dry ridge slopes, ridge...
  • 6.4mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • French Broad Ranger District Trailhead

Powerline Road Trail

Moderate

Pressley Cove Trail

  • Traveling through a nice cove, the trail climbs steeply along much of its length. It's in good shape for the most part. It crosses the stream twice on log bridges; the lower one is in bad condition so use caution. There are some small cascades when...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Pretty Hollow Gap Trail Trail

Price Lake Loop Trail

Moderate

Profile Trail

Most Difficult
  • Probably the best way to "summit" Grandfather Mountain is via this fantastic trail, and I believe it's one of the finest trails in the state. The trail first winds through lush mid-altitude cove hardwood forests, with a few stream crossings and...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Pump Gap Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail is named after a water pump near the trail. The pump delivered water to Runion, which is now a ghost town. The trail accesses the Appalachian Trail and may be used as a loop or as part of a loop with the AT. Aside from that, it doesn't...
  • 5.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Rabbit Creek Trail Trail

Raider Camp Trail

Most Difficult
  • Follows an old road bed up Raider Camp Creek from the campsite below Harper Creek Falls. Deeply eroded in places. Bypasses a section of the old road on a singletrack trail. Ends near the Kawana settlement above South Harper Creek Falls.
  • 2.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Rainbow Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail really has two "trailheads", but it officially starts in Gorges State Park and access is controlled by the park, so it is included here. Travels from the Grassy Ridge parking area in Gorges State park, onto National Forest property, then...
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead

Rainbow Falls Trail

Moderate

Rainbow Falls Trail Trail

Rainbow Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts across Flat Creek from the Montreat gate; use the bridge for the Gate trail to access the trailhead. Very steep in places. Passes over one of the two peaks of Rainbow Mountain before dropping down to join Rainbow Road.
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Rainbow Road Trail

Easy
  • The trail follows an old roadbed for most of its length. The trail ends at the gap where Old Trestle Road and Old Mitchell Toll Road split near the Lookout trail.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Rainbow Traverse Trail

Moderate
  • Tight, twisty purpose-built trail passes through laurel and rhododendron thickets, with gnarly trees including Carolina hemlock and shortleaf pine arching overhead. Has some steep ups and downs. Passes an overlook with a limited view across the...
  • 0.2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Ramsay Cascades Trail Trail

Ramsey Bend Connector Trail

Ramsey Bend North Trail

Ramsey Bend South Trail

Ramsey Bluff Trail

Ranger Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs through some old homestead areas, past the loop to Ranger Falls, from the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area up to the old Highlands Ranger Station. Provides free parking access to the Cliffside Lake area.
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Ranger Falls Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Loop off of the Ranger Falls trail, providing access to both trails' namesake. Trail crosses right below this beautiful little 25' falls, and travels through an interesting area above and below it. Has some wet areas and rocks to climb over, but is...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Rattler Ford Trail

Rattlesnake Knob Trail

Moderate

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

Moderate
  • This trail climbs steeply from the Tanbark Ridge tunnel to a historic site along the Mountains to Sea Trail. The route is not far from a cascading stream through a mixed hardwood forest its entire length. A few spots have rock steps or roots, but the...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Raven Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Closest access is 0.2 miles from the Cicero parking area. Raven Rock Trail crosses the park road and Jacob Fork River then ascends steeply to a paved road shared by the park and Pine Mountain Golf Resort. There is a winter view of High Shoals Falls....
  • 5.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Ray Fisher Place Trail

More Difficult

Reasonover Creek Trail

More Difficult

Red Trails Trail

More Difficult

Rhododendron Trail

Moderate
  • The upper segment goes along the nearly-level summit ridge through some neat virgin red oak forests, with stout, gnarly trees. Rocky drop-offs are to the northeast; a gentler slope is southwest so the trail splits two very different sections of...
  • 1.1mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Trailhead

"Rich Cove Loop" Trail

Moderate
  • Loops around a beautiful, gently sloping cove on old logging roads in an open, young hardwood forest of mostly Tuliptree/Yellow Poplar and Black Cherry below Rich Knob. Crosses a couple of tributaries of Shope Creek in wet weather at the upper end of...
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Richland Balsam Trail

Moderate
  • This self-guiding nature trail loop travels through a high elevation, spruce-fir forest that has been devastated by a polluted environment and an introduced pest. See how the forest is recovering - or is it?
  • 1.47mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Waterrock Knob Trailhead

Rich Mountain Trail

Moderate

Rich Mountain Loop Trail Trail

Rich Mountain Trail Trail

Ridgeline Trail

More Difficult

Riding Ford Trail

Moderate
  • Formerly called the Green Creek trail. Passes near Riding Ford, Jawbone, and Warden's falls. Can be used with Powerline Road, Devil's Elbow, and Panthertown Valley trails for a great loop.
  • 0.95mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Rifle Trail

Moderate

Right Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • Some lakeshore trail; mostly travels through the interior hills with a few steeper spots. Nothing terribly difficult. Some creek crossings and muddy areas. Out-and back connector to "overlook" isn't really worthwhile except for mountain bikers. Loop...
  • 11mi, Hilly, Few Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Right Loop Connector 1 Trail

Easy

Right Loop Connector 2 Trail

Easy

Right Loop Overlook Trail

Moderate

Rim Trail

River Trail

Easy
  • Starts at the Jacob Fork parking area and ends at the Cicero Branch parking area near the Family Campground. River Trail is an easy foot trail along Jacob Fork River. The Kid's Track Trail kiosk is located at the east end of River Trail with...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

River Bend Trail

Easy
  • Provides access to the base of High Falls. An old road bed leading along the river fades into a narrower path before ending at the pool below the falls. Rocky in spots near the base of the falls.
  • 0.27mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

River Loop Trail

River Ridge Loop Trail

Moderate
  • This trail offers scenic views of the French Broad River year round. Picnicking, fishing and vault toilets are available at Murray Branch Picnic Area.
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Gently,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Riverside Trail

Moderate
  • As its name implies, this trail follows the river (South Mills) and Bradley Creek, both of which you cross several times. Scenic. Expect to get wet up to your knees on this one. Impassible in high water.
  • 4mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Road Prong Trail Trail

Roan Mountain Gardens Trail

Easy

Roaring Fork Falls Trail

Easy
  • Follows Roaring Fork Creek from FS 5520 to the falls. Short and mostly easy, with just a few obstacles near the falls. Combined with the Forest Service road up to the falls, this one is highly recommended!
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Robert Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Follows gated logging roads with several vistas and stream crossings. Begins and ends on SR 1182. Follow the road to make a loop.
  • 2.5mi, ,
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Rock Creek Bridge Trail

Easy

Rockhouse Creek Trail

Rock Jock Trail

More Difficult
  • This interestingly-named trail descends below the rim of the Linville Gorge and travels along rocky outcrops for roughly a mile.
  • 2.8mi, Hilly,
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Trailhead

"Rock Payne" Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs over Rock Knob, Paynes Knob, and another unnamed summit as it traverses the ridge at Shope Creek's eastern boundary. Very steep in places; cliff-top views in others. Nice sections of surviving Carolina Hemlock forest. Can be used to make a...
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Rock Quarry Road Trail

Easy

Rocky Head Trail

Moderate
  • Passes the old water holding ponds that were used for an electrical generation plant in the early 1900's. The trail heads at the summit of Rocky Head Mountain and the intersection with the East Ridge trail. There is a nice view of the valley at the...
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Rocky Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Requires a long hike on the Old Mitchell Toll Road to reach the trailhead. Faint path at times. Ends on a rocky summit with spectacular views of the Asheville Watershed. **Note**: this trail is not Montreat property, but has been purchased and...
  • mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Rocky Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Rough Creek Trail Trail

Rough Fork Trail Trail

Roundtop Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail offers a walk through oak-hickory hardwood forests. The trail provides access from Hot Springs to the Rich Mountain Fire Tower. There is loop opportunity with the Appalachian Trail.
  • 3.1mi, ,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Roundtop Trail Trail

Rube Rock Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail is one of the district's most difficult trails due to steepness in several places. It intersects the Appalachian and Groundhog trails to form a 9.5 mile loop.
  • 4.5mi, ,
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Rufus Morgan Trail

Moderate
  • The signed, blazed, and easy-to-follow trail is a loop, about a mile long, with no intersections. It leads to 60' Rufus Morgan Falls at its far end - a great destination. There are some steep and narrow spots, but overall it's a moderate trek. One...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Nantahala National Forest Trailhead

Russell Field Trail Trail

SABA Beach Trail

Easy

SABA Beach Spur Trail

Saddleback Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Turkey Ridge Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is .3 mi from the equestrian day-use parking area. The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and ascends to Raven Rock Trail. This narrow trail is single track for horseback riders. One of...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Sam Knob Trail

Easy
  • Fantastic, high elevation trail. Starts at the Flat Laurel Creek trail and travels to the summit of Sam Knob. Blueberries abound in season. Short, high-elevation hardwood forest near the bottom, then heath balds and grassy areas near the top. At the...
  • 1.07mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Sam Knob Summit Trail

Moderate
  • This short trail starts at the Black Balsam parking area at the end of Black Balsam Road. It follows an old road bed through a mixed, high elevation forest on a level path to a big staircase that makes easy work out of the descent over a once highly...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Sanctuary Trail

Easy
  • Follows the steep gorge carved out by Little Slaty Creek. After crossing Upward Way, the trail continues upstream past the site of Montreat's old waterworks, crosses the stream on a bridge, then climbs to its terminus with the Julia Woodward trail,...
  • 0.3mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Sandy Trail

Easy

Sandy Flats Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail may have been obliterated, and [sources say the Forest Service has no plans to re-establish it](http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/linville_gorge.htm).
  • 1mi, Climbs Steeply,
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Trailhead

Santeetlah Bluffs Trail

Sassafras Creek Trail

Sauratown Loop Trail

More Difficult

Sawtooth Trail

More Difficult
  • Connects Upper CCC Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 2.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. Sawtooth Trail crosses Little River at the top of a waterfall. The trail follows a ridgeline that climbs to a view south into the Jacob Fork...
  • 2.2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Scarlet Oak Trail

Easy

Schoolhouse Gap Trail Trail

Scott Mountain Trail Trail

Seniard Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Setrock Creek Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Short climb up beside Setrock Creek through a hardwood & hemlock forest to the base of Setrock Creek Falls. Mostly easy, with a few rocks & roots to scurry over or around. There is a nice place to hang out and wade at the base of the falls;...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Sheep Mountain Trail

Moderate

Shelter Rock Trail

Easy

Shinbone Trail

Shining Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail follows Shining Creek for the majority of its length. There are plenty of good spots to leave the trail and view undisturbed pools of green water or look upon steep slopes with plentiful, tall trees. The trail ends with multiple traverses...
  • 3.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shining Rock Wilderness Trailhead

Shinny Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts at the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite, which is 1.2 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. Be prepared to cross the creek twice and navigate a log foot bridge. The foot trail ascends steeply to Upper Falls Trail. Shinny Creek and Shinny Creek...
  • 2.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Shoal Creek Trail

Moderate

Shoals Trail

More Difficult

Shope Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • FS 220, Shope Creek Road. Logging road with a gravel/natural surface climbs beside the main stem of Shope Creek through pine and hardwood forests. Reaches a logged area on the left, where the trail hooks into a clearing and ends. This area is filled...
  • 0.75mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

"Shope Creek Connector" Trail

Moderate
  • Placeholder for a few short connector trails in the Shope Creek area.
  • mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Shope Creek Forest Road Trail

Moderate

Short Trail

Easy

Shortcut Trail

Moderate

Short Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Crosses the summit, which is exactly where you want to be when you visit Max Patch Mountain. Due to its central location, you can see just about everything from up here, from the Smokies, to Mount Mitchell, and halfway across Tennessee - which may be...
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Harmon Den - Max Patch Trailhead

Shortoff Trail

Shortoff Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Connects the Wolfpit Road parking area at the edge of Linville Gorge Wilderness to the Mountains to Sea Trail about 2/3 of the way up Shortoff Mountain. Passes through an area that has been burned by wildfires repeatedly in the last 20 years, notably...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Trailhead

Shut-In Trail

Most Difficult
  • The Shut-In Trail is a long, historic route which shares the path with the Mountains to Sea Trail. It travels from NC 191 near Bent Creek and Asheville to the Mount Pisgah parking area. George W. Vanderbilt, builder of the famous Biltmore Estate near...
  • 16.3mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Shut-In Trail

Moderate
  • This trail enters the woods and begins a steady downhill grade. Most of the way, the trail follows a creek on an old wooded road. In most places, the trail acommodates side-by-side walking for two hikers. To the right, the trail traverses some boggy...
  • 4mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Sidehill Trail

Moderate
  • Most of this trail was turned into a road during 2005. From Ledford Gap to Boyd Branch Road, it is a gravel road and will be permanently maintained that way. Not a trail. From Boyd Branch Road to Ingles Field Gap, it is currently an unimproved road...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Simmons Ridge Trail

Skitty Creek Trail

Easy
  • This trail runs between Cliffside Lake Road and U.S. 64. The trail leads to Dry Falls. To get to the falls from the trail's end, take a short walk along U.S. 64. Watch out for cars along the highway. The distance refers to the total from Cliffside...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Skyline Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at Exclamation Point, this newly re-opened trail travels on a path in the forest on Chimney Rock Mountain above the cliff band that forms Hickory Nut Gorge. While the new trail is situated at a much safer position on the mountain, it...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Chimney Rock State Park Trailhead

Sleepy Gap Trail

Moderate

Slickrock Creek Trail

Slick Rock Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Provides access to the namesake waterfall after a very short distance on the trail. This segment is kid-friendly (it's very short). Continues uphill, past the falls, to the base of Looking Glass Rock; used mainly for climbing access. Stay away from...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Slickrock Spur Trail

Small Creek Trail

Easy
  • Follows a small creek through young, mixed forests with plenty of the usual rhododendron and mountain laurel. Has recently been re-graded with some new bridges installed. Pleasant walk.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Smokemont Loop Trail Trail

Snake Den Ridge Trail Trail

Sneaking Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Mostly open "lollipop" loop with a few short climbs and descents, and a covered bridge. Longest trail in the Jackrabbit system. At the "tip" of the loop, you're only about 1/10 mile north of the GA state line.
  • 3.2mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Snooks Nose Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starting the Curtis Creek campground, the trail winds its way into the cove containing Slick Falls Branch on an old logging road, and then begins its signature climb. This is one steep trail! There are a few switchbacks, but they don't minimize the...
  • 4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Curtis Creek Trailhead

Snow Trail

Snowball Trail

More Difficult
  • From the intersection of Stoney Fork Road and the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area access road in Beetree Gap, the Mountains to Sea Trail climbs past a nice clearing to a junction with the Snowball trail on the right. The Snowball trail slips off the north...
  • 3mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Snowbird Loop Trail

Snowbird Mountain Trail

Soco Falls Trail

Easy
  • Short path leads to the observation deck above the falls. There are a few steps along the path. Be sure to stay away from the brink of the falls just off-trail to the left of the observation deck - that area is steep, muddy, and slippery.
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Western North Carolina Trailhead

South Mills River Trail

  • This is a stream side trail along an old road bed for much of its length; pulls away from the river along one section around High Falls. Crosses the river using bridges (concrete and suspension bridges) and fords it many times as well. There are some...
  • 12mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Spencer Branch Trail

Moderate
  • The upper end of this trail, above FS 5097 (Neverending Road), was recently rerouted onto a much more reasonable grade with a few switchbacks, to replace the old, extremely steep and rocky drop down from Trace Ridge. It's now an easy climb or...
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Spencer Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Old roadbed. I've seen deer on this trail nearly every time I've traveled it.
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Spence Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Spring Creek Nature Trail

Moderate
  • This trail offers a pleasant hike through a hardwood-pine forest and along a cascading mountain stream known for its trout fishing. Once part of the Brook's farm, an old house foundation, rock fences and a cemetary remain. Picnicking, restrooms,...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Gently,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Springhouse Branch Trail Trail

Spruce Mountain Trail Trail

Squirrel Gap Trail

Moderate
  • This is a long, backcountry trail. It's purpose-built trail that doesn't follow any logging roads - a rarity in Pisgah. From where this trail leaves the Bradley Creek Trail, it follows an easy grade to the old Mullinax homeplace where there is a...
  • 7.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Staire Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Steep climb or descent mostly on eroded old roadbeds. Follows creek near the bottom; ascends to ridge near the top where it flattens out and passes through a clearing before ending on FS 74. Passes through a nice mature hardwood forest with a...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Starens Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Short, narrow connector from Black Mountain trail to Thrift Cove/Grassy Road trails. A few steps, but mostly a narrow, leaf-covered trail that climbs gently. From Thrift Cove down to Sycamore Cove, the trail is open to bikes, a bit steeper, and...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Star Gap Trail

More Difficult

Steels Creek Trail

Stomping Knob Trail

More Difficult
  • Trailhead is located on Harmony Road and ends with the junction of the West Ridge Trail a the summit of Little Piney Mountain, also known as Stomping Knob. The trail is very steep in some places and passes two old still sites, one of which is under a...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Stone Mountain Trail

More Difficult

Stone Mountain Connector Trail

Moderate

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • Starting at the Upper Trailhead parking lot, directly across from the campground road, this trail takes you across the summit of Stone Mountain and down again, past the park's Hutchinson Homestead, and then to 200-foot Stone Mountain Falls. Hikers...
  • 4.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Stone Mountain State Park Trailhead

Stone Pile Gap Trail Trail

Stratton Bald Trail

Sugarland Mountain Trail Trail

Summey Cove Trail

Moderate
  • Extremely poorly designed at NC 215 (east) end. Extremely steep. Rest of trail generally follows old roadbeds; very wet & muddy in places. Frequently used to access Courthouse Falls trail on west end, this section of trail is nice and travels...
  • 2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Pisgah Ranger District Trailhead

Summit Trail

Easy
  • This easy leg stretcher leads from the summit parking area to the circular observation platform at the summit itself. It is a paved path through a decimated fir forest; nearly all the large firs are dead but new ones are sprouting everywhere to take...
  • 0.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Paved
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Summit Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs from the parking area to the summit, thru switchbacks as it goes. Crosses over an old road (which used to be the main route to the summit) several times on the way. Travels through a northern hardwood forest, which is open and attractive; near...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Elk Knob State Park Trailhead

Summit Trail

Moderate
  • Passes through the picnic area as it winds up to the 4,665 foot summit through a red oak forest, with an understory of mountain laurel and rhododendron. Good view near the summit; however, it's developed with towers, signs, etc. Continue to Luther...
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Trailhead

Sunkota Ridge Trail Trail

Sunwall Trail

Moderate
  • Used primarily by climbers to access the west face of Looking Glass Rock
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Swallow Fork Trail Trail

Sweat Heifer Creek Trail Trail

Swinging Bridge Trail

Easy
  • A short path which leads up the steps from the upper parking area, through an area of short spruce and fir trees, across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, and then over to the rocky viewpoints on Linville Peak. An easy walk, but there are some steps and...
  • 0.1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trailhead

Switchback Trail

Moderate

Sycamore Cove Trail

Moderate
  • Travels up & down through coves near small streams; cove hardwood forests. In between, travels sidehill near the top of the ridge w/ a mixed hardwood forest.
  • 3.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Table Rock Trail

Easy
  • A nice stroll through the woods, but don't expect a view like the name might suggest. There's not really any rock visible on the small mountain known as Table Rock, and it is tree-covered.
  • 0.88mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Table Rock Gap Trail

Table Rock Summit Trail

More Difficult
  • Rocky climb through forest varying between dead and burned pines, hemlocks (mostly dead), and shrubs. Neat rock features. Fantastic views from the summit. Very popular; makes up the Table Rock Best Hike.
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Trailhead

Tanawha Trail

Moderate
  • This excellent trail, completed in 1993, follows the contours of Grandfather Mountain above the Blue Ridge Parkway. It travels through interesting and diverse geology and forest environments, including northern hardwood forests and spruce-fir...
  • 13.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Tarkiln Branch Road Trail

Moderate

"Thalweg" Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows the upper reaches of Shope Creek inside a small gulch cut by the stream, above Forrest Falls. Steep in places. Crosses the creek and tributaries in a few places. The creek is small and slows to a trickle at times up here. Beautiful...
  • 0.45mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

The Boulevard Trail

The Lump Trail

Easy
  • This easy trail travels up "the lump", a cleared hillside located beside the Parkway. This hill is great for flying kites and/or model airplanes, which you will often see people doing.
  • 0.3mi, ,
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 Trailhead

Thomas Cemetery Road Trail

Moderate

Thomas Divide Trail Trail

Thompson Creek Trail

  • Climbs steeply from FS 1206 to the Pilot Rock trail near the summit of Little Bald Mountain. Starts in a cove with one significant creek crossing, through young cove forest. Winds up passing through several switchbacks into an older, yet shorter,...
  • 2.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Thompson Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Trail follows old logging roads much of the way. One neat hemlock/rhododendron forest section. Some stream crossings. Some lakeshore trail.
  • 7.7mi, Hilly, Few Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Thorps Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • Starts at the back of the Mortimer Campground and loops back. Passes Thorps Creek Falls - a small 15' cascade and slide into a nice pool - near the bottom. Follows the same path as Schoolhouse Ridge for a short distance.
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Three Lakes Trail

Moderate
  • From Lake Dense, the trail follows an old road bed past the picnic shelter, across the dam, and over to Lake Alford. It has moderate grades, and goes through a pine/hemlock forest where many of the hemlocks are dying. There is a great view of Joanna...
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Thrift Cove Trail

Easy

Thunderhole Falls Trail

Timber Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Timber Ridge Trail

More Difficult

Tompkins Knob Trail

Easy

Tory's Den Trail

Moderate

Tory's Den Cave and Waterfall Trail

Easy

Trace Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • The upper portion above the Trace Ridge trailhead follows an old roadbed up the ridge all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rocky; steep. Very eroded in places. Dry pine-oak forests can be found along the nondescript ridge. Downhill from the...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Trillium Gap Trail Trail

Triple Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Travels from the Hooker Falls parking area up to Triple Falls. Near the parking area the trail is level with a few rocks and wet places; near the falls it climbs very steeply but the surface is mostly smooth.
  • 1.03mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Trombatore Trail

More Difficult
  • This newly designated trail follows segments of newly constructed path as well as some sections of old logging roads over an easement on private property. Starting at Bearwallow Gap, the trail descends on a new singletrack path through a series of...
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead

Trout Lake Trail

Easy

Trout Pond Trail

Moderate

Tunnel Bypass Trail Trail

Turkey Knob Trail

Moderate

Turkey Knob Road Trail

Moderate
  • This old road is reverting back to a singletrack trail. The new extension from Pinnacle Mountain Road down to Briery Fork trail (a true trail, built early 2013) opens up many more loop hiking options in the south portion of DuPont SF, including a...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Turkey Pen Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • Long ridgeline trail which undulates up and down over the various knobs on its summit. Very steep in places; has some issues with erosion as well. It winds onto the edge of private land in places; stay on the trail. Travels through a typical...
  • 5.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Turkeypen Ridge Trail Trail

Turkey Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • Starts at the equestrian parking lot. Main artery for the equestrian trails. The trail provides access to Saddleback Trail. Turkey Ridge Trail crosses the park road and ascends to Little River Trail. Horses and hikers share this trail.
  • 1.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Twentymile Loop Trail Trail

Twentymile Trail Trail

Twin Creeks Trail Trail

Twin Falls Trail

Easy
  • Short trail travels through cove hardwood forests to Twin Falls. Logging railroad remnants. Highly recommended.
  • 0.4mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Twin Oaks Trail

Moderate

"Twisted Vine" Trail

Moderate
  • Short loop through a nice cove in the center of the Shope Creek area below Paynes Knob.
  • 1.27mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Twixt Trail

Moderate

Upper Cascades Trail

Easy

Upper CCC Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Little River Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 2.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The Upper CCC Trail was named for the Camp Dyer CCC. The trail has views north into the Little River Watershed. Horses and hikers share this...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Upper Corner Rock Trail

Moderate

Upper Creek Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • Loop trail; from the parking lot going clockwise, it switchbacks down to the creek just above the top of the falls and crosses. Be careful here; it will be impossible during high water. The trail then descends alongside the falls with a few views of...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Upper Falls Trail

Moderate

Upper Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Raven Rock Trail to Lower CCC Trail. Closest access is 1.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail divides the park north and south. It crosses the Jacob Fork River above High Shoals Falls. Be prepared for a stream crossing. The trail...
  • 3.8mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Upper Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • Small obstacles such as rock crossings and tighter turns. Comes close to the ridgetop where deer like to forage. You'll hear other hikers and riders on the Central Loop, which is not far down the slope from you at most times.
  • 1.5mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

"Upper Shope Creek" Trail

Moderate
  • Travels up along the highest reaches of Shope Creek to a pretty cove below Wolfden Knob.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Upper Steels Creek Trail

Most Difficult

Valley Trail

Easy

Valley River Trail

Van Cliff Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail offers a walk along streams and ridge tops where remains of old homesteads and fields are evident. The vegetation changes from low, dense vegetation along the stream to cove hardwoods and piney ridge tops. Picnicking, water, restrooms and...
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Van Hook Trail

Easy
  • This 0.5-mile trail is located between Van Hook Glade and Cliffside Lake. An additional 0.5-mile walk is next to a road that leads to Cliffside Lake.
  • mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Vineyard Gap Trail

Moderate

Vista Trail

Moderate

Wagon Road Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs from the Mills River up to Wagon Road Gap on the Turkey Pen Gap trail through a pleasant cove forest. It enables the only (day hike) loop from the Turkeypen trailhead parking using the Turkey Pen Gap trail. The bottom-most portion passes...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Walker Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends steeply on the ridge above the creek to FS 74. Travels through scenic mixed hardwood forests. The upper section is extremely rocky, and the rocks are slick when wet.
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Walker's Knob Trail

Easy
  • Short path near the summit of the ridge to the summit of Walker's Knob with a fantastic view south and west of Montreat, Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley. Has a few rocks and roots, and a small climb at the end, but it is overall very easy....
  • 0.2mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

"Warbler Cove" Trail

More Difficult
  • Easy at first as it climbs along a tributary of Shope Creek, then steepens near the end as it climbs to a gap below Rock Knob. Follows and old logging road. Several other old road beds go off from this one, but this is the most well-worn path....
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Wash Creek Trail

Easy

Waterrock Knob Trail

Moderate
  • This path starts out paved and travels to overlooks which include views to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and south into the southern mountains and the Piedmont region. The trail becomes dirt past an overlook before it reaches the summit...
  • 1.18mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Waterrock Knob Trailhead

Watkins Trail

Easy

Welch Ridge Trail Trail

Wesser Creek Trail

More Difficult

West Prong Trail Trail

West Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Traverses the summit of the Seven Sisters ridge from Stomping Knob to the summit of Big Slaty Mountain (False Graybeard), not far from the summit of Graybeard. Somewhat rough and steep in places. No views to speak of except through the trees in the...
  • 3.0mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Montreat Trailhead

Wet Bottom Trail Trail

White Oak Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail offers a walk through upland hardwood forests with winter views of Baxter Cliffs. The trail provides loop opportunities with Pounding Mill and Hickey Fork trails.
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Steeply,
  • Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area Trailhead

Whiteoak Branch Trail Trail

White Pine Trail

Easy

White Pine Loop Trail

Easy

White Rocks Trail

Whiteside Mountain Trail

Moderate
  • A National Recreation Trail, this loop climbs an old roadbed and travels along the brink of some of the East's most spectacular cliffs. Named for these cliffs, the mountains side does look "white" from a distance with sun shining on the light gray...
  • 2.2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Nantahala Ranger District Trailhead

Whitewater Falls Walkway Trail

Easy
  • This paved path leads 1/4 mile through a nice forest to the upper overlook for Whitewater Falls. An optional set of 154 wooden steps leads to a lower overlook with a slightly different view. Excellent wheelchair-accessible trail is also great for...
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Paved
  • Nantahala National Forest Trailhead

Widow's Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • From the backpack parking area, the trail reaches Window's Creek a few yards a few yards upstream of Widow's Creek Falls, one of the prettiest in the park. (To reach the falls, take the trail at the parking spot just northeast of this trailhead). It...
  • 2.5mi, , Moderately Rough
  • Stone Mountain State Park Trailhead

Widow's Creek Falls Trail

Easy

Wilderness Falls Trail

Easy
  • Starting just west of Salt Rock along the Panthertown Valley trail, this trail descends on a path with three distinct characters, past the base of Wilderness Falls. The upper portion is not recommended until a re-route of the middle section is...
  • 0.73mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Wilkie Trail

Moderate

Wilson Creek Trail

Most Difficult

Wilson Creek Access Trail

Wilson Ridge Trail

Most Difficult
  • Unmaintained series of old logging roads and newer gravel and dirt roads, with some singletrack sections thrown in for good measure.
  • 14.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Wintergreen Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • Easy walk on old road from Tarklin Br. Rd. to Sandy Tr. Narrows a bit, then narrows a lot and gets rougher - with some climbs up over some rocks - right before reaching the base of the falls.
  • 0.52mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Wiseman's view Trail

"Wolf Branch" Trail

Moderate
  • Moderate uphill hike along Wolf Branch through a couple of logged areas. Continue uphill on Wolf Branch past the last clearing to reach "Casita Falls". Unofficial names.
  • 0.65mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Wolf Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Travels through the relatively flat stream bottom at the base of the mountains. Near the western end of this trail, you can see the hills rising out of the valley, and you'll start climb them before you reach Ledford Branch Road. Lots of ground pine,...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

"Wolfden Falls" Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs from Wolfden Flats trail up to a dead-end not far below Wolfden Falls, which only flow during wet weather. The falls is located high up on a tributary draining Wolfden Knob. You may be able to see and hear the falls from the end of the road...
  • 0.15mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

"Wolfden Flats" Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs from Forrest Falls toward the upper reaches of Shope Creek along old logging roads. Enters a nearly flat area below Wolfden Knob at its upper end, which is wet with several tributaries. Identified as roads "I" and "J" on the Shope Creek...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

Wolf Ridge Trail Trail

Wolf Rock Trail

Moderate
  • This trail is accessible via the Stone Mountain Loop Trail or the Cedar Rock Trail and provides views of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment. The ridges dividing three watersheds (Garden Creek, Widow's Creek and Bullhead Creek) can also be seen from...
  • 1.5mi, ,
  • Stone Mountain State Park Trailhead

Wolf Rock Trail

Moderate

Woodland Walk Trail

Easy

Woodlawn Trail

Woodruff Ridge Trail

Woods Mountain Trail

Moderate

Woods Mountain Trail

Yellow Buck Trail

Most Difficult
  • From the Harper Creek trail: follows an old logging road, moderately at first and then steeply. It passes over the unassuming peak of Yellow Buck Mountain, through a pine and oak forest, before following Long Ridge to the junctions with Persimmon...
  • 2.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Yellow Gap Trail

Moderate

Yellow Hammer Gap Trail

Yellow Loop Trail

Moderate

Yotee's Run Trail

Moderate

Young's Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Formerly known as Kitsuma or Kitsuma Peak. Starting at its upper end, the trail ascends gently beside I-40 before climbing more steeply through a set of 12 switchbacks approaching the peak, gaining 500ft elevation from the parking area. There are...
  • 4.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead

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