The 25 Best Hikes in North Carolina

Catch a sunset in the Smokies.

North Carolina is home to some of the tallest mountains east of the Mississippi and while they may be half the size of some of the peaks out west, they're just as much fun to hike. What North Carolina lacks in massive, rocky peaks it more than makes up for in rolling hills, waterfalls, and unbeatable sunsets. If you haven't already, it's time you added North Carolina to your adventure bucket list. Check out some of our favorite hikes across the state and get ready to hit the trail!

1. Summit Calloway Peak in Grandfather Mountain SP


Photo: Justin Costner

2. Hike Looking Glass Rock


Photo: Justin Costner

3. Catch a Sunset on Green Knob


Photo: Steve Yocom

4. Hike Deep Gap Trail at Mt. Mitchell State Park


Photo: Kelley Dodge

5. Hike the Sam Knob Loop


Photo: Steve Yocom

6. Hike to Linville Falls


Photo: Elyse Clark

7. Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail


Photo: Michael Sommers

8. Hike to Paradise Falls


Photo: Rob Giersch

9. Hike to Catawba Falls


Photo: Justin Costner

10. Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands


Photo: Steve Yocom

11. Hike to Clingman’s Dome


Photo: Spenser Reid

12. Hike the Art Loeb Trail


Photo: Steve Yocom

13. Hike to the Summit of Shortoff Mountain


Photo: Justin Costner

14. Hike Rough Ridge


Photo: McKenzie Roers

15. Hike Charlie’s Bunion


Photo: Tiffany Edmiston

16. Hike Andrews Bald


Photo: Nathan Szwarc

17. Hike to Rainbow Falls in Gorges SP


Photo: Edward Day

18. Hike to the Wesser Bald Fire Tower


Photo: Nathan Szwarc

19. Hike to Lower Cascade Falls


Photo: Melissa Willard

20. Hike to Janes Bald


Photo: Tommy White

21. Hike to Pinnacle in Pinnacle Park


Photo: Steve Yocom

22. Hike to Huckleberry Knob


Photo: Nathan Szwarc

23. Day Hike to Hemphill Bald


Photo: Steve Yocom

24. Day Hike Tennent Mountain


Photo: Steve Yocom

25. Hike to Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail


Photo: Alyssa Ramirez

Cover photo: Steve Yocom

Published: May 11, 2017

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