The Best Outdoor Activities in North Carolina

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike To Paradise Falls

North Carolina / Paradise Falls Parking Lot

To the north of Panthertown lies a chain of dammed lakes that are some of the most peaceful waters in Western North Carolina. These make up the headwaters of the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River.

Rob Giersch
840 Saves

Hike and Camp the Sam Knob Loop

North Carolina / Sam Knob Trailhead

This is one of my favorite quick "getaway" loops in the Pisgah Ranger District.

Steve Yocom
658 Saves

Catch a Sunset On Green Knob

North Carolina / Mountain to Sea Trail Parking Lot

Although not as popular as neighboring Shining Rock Wilderness, the Middle Prong Wilderness is equally as beautiful and typically half as crowded.

Steve Yocom
598 Saves

Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

North Carolina / Carvers Gap

Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Steve Yocom
498 Saves

Explore Looking Glass Falls

North Carolina / Looking Glass Falls

This is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in the area. If you've come to visit it on a warmer day, remember to pack your bathing suit.

Steve Yocom
484 Saves

Hike to Catawba Falls

North Carolina / Catawba Falls Trail

This quick and relatively easy hike is located close to Asheville, NC. If you're looking to have the trail to yourself, it can be a little tough.

Justin Costner
455 Saves

Cool Off at Sliding Rock Falls

North Carolina / Sliding Rock Falls

This natural mountain waterfall and slide in the Pisgah National Forest is a local favorite to cool off in and have a little fun during the warmer months.

Hike to Clingmans Dome

North Carolina / Clingmans Dome Trailhead

The drive to Clingmans Dome is miles of scenic overlooks that provide endless views of ridges and valleys. Clingmans Dome Road comes to a parking lot from which you follow a .

Spenser Reid
439 Saves

Camp on Hawksbill Mountain

North Carolina / Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC

Hidden far above the beautiful Linville Gorge stands Hawksbill Mountain, among many other fantastic hikes. The roughly 1.7 mile hike from the dusty gravel parking lot is steep but worth every step.

John Stephens
430 Saves

Hike Rough Ridge

North Carolina / Rough Ridge Trailhead

The trailhead for Rough Ridge will be on your righthand side when driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from Boone, NC.

McKenzie Roers
420 Saves

Hike the Art Loeb Trail

North Carolina / Davidson River Campground

Start at The Davidson River Campground just outside of Brevard, NC (276 Pisgah Ranger District). Have a shuttle car or a friend waiting at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout camp for the finish line.

Steve Yocom
414 Saves

Hike Looking Glass Rock

North Carolina / Looking Glass Rock Trail

This is a really nice, moderately difficult hike along a cascading creek, up switchbacks, and through wildflower fields.

Justin Costner
401 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Shortoff Mountain

North Carolina / Shortoff Mountain Trailhead

Start your hike from the Shortoff Mountain Trail off of Wolf Pit Road at the base of Lake James.

Justin Costner
389 Saves

Explore Whitewater Falls

North Carolina / Upper Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains with the upper falls alone dropping over 400 feet.

Hike Charlies Bunion

North Carolina / Newfound Gap Trailhead

From the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, drive approximately 13 miles south on Newfound Gap Road to reach the Newfound Gap Parking Area (it'll be on your left.

Tiffany Edmiston
363 Saves

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina / Blue Ridge Pkwy, NC

The pinpoint for this particular entrance starts just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina, following the Parkway North.

Tiffany Edmiston
350 Saves

Backpack the Roan Highlands (A.T.)

North Carolina / Carvers Gap

The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T.

Steve Yocom
343 Saves

Explore The Rainbow Falls Area

North Carolina / Rainbow Falls Trailhead

Rainbow Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The Horsepasture River swells in the rainy season, dumping a cascade of water 150 feet.

Hike to the Wesser Bald Fire Tower

North Carolina / Appalachian Trail - Wesser Bald Fire Tower

The road leading to the trailhead is rough the last mile, but doable in any car. Just make sure to take it easy going up and be careful, especially if there has been any rain or snow.

Nathan Szwarc
319 Saves

Explore the Treasures of Shining Rock

North Carolina / Shining Rock Trailhead

There are several ways to access the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, but go for the main trail head off of Hwy 276.

Hike to High Falls & Triple Falls

North Carolina / Triple Falls Trailhead

Just an hour south of Asheville, the hike to High Falls and Triple Falls is perfect for a day trip and friendly for all ages and abilities.

Hike to Lower Cascade Falls

North Carolina / Lower Cascade Falls Parking Area

A beautiful hike through the forest of Hanging Rock State Park. Trail meanders through pines and hardwoods filled with boulders, mountain laurel, scenic views, and the occasional deer or turkey.

Melissa Willard
304 Saves

Explore the Devil's Courthouse

North Carolina / Devils Courthouse

The Devil's Courthouse Overlook and Trail can be one of the best places to see the entire Blue Ridge countryside.

Hike and Rock Climb Moore's Knob

North Carolina / Moore's Knob Trailhead

Looking for a shorter hike with stunning views, or a place to rappel with a backdrop like no other on the East Coast? Look no further than Moore's Knob, located within Hanging Rock State Park.

Hailey Carter
294 Saves

Hike Bradley Falls

North Carolina / Bradley Falls Trailhead

This is a really nice hike along Cove Creek that leads to a beautiful, 100 foot waterfall.

Hike to Moore Cove Falls

North Carolina / Moore Cove Falls Trail

The hike relatively quick and has minimal elevation gain, making it a great hike for the family or a quick stop off if you're planning to do another hike in the same day.

Hike to Linville Falls

North Carolina / Linville Falls Visitor Center

Linville falls is one of North Carolina's treasures and perhaps the most photographed water fall in the state. Bring the whole family out and explore the area surrounding the falls.

Elyse Clark
270 Saves

Backpacking the Linville Gorge

North Carolina / Pinch In Trail

We are pretty notorious for passing up a good campsite but we are learning our lessons. We got a late but interesting start on Pinch-In trail.

Mason Boring
262 Saves

Summit Views on Table Rock Mountain

North Carolina / Table Rock Summit Trail

Off of Highway 181, the trailhead is very clearly marked with a large parking lot.

Hike from Max Patch to Hot Springs, N.C.

North Carolina / Max Patch Road

Make a weekend trip from Max Patch to Hot Springs N.C.

Steve Yocom
251 Saves

Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

North Carolina / Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC

The trail to the summit of Hawksbill begins on an unpaved road for the Pigsah National Forest. In about a half a mile the trail turns left just before reaching the Jonas Ridge Trail.

Christin Healey
244 Saves

Summit Calloway Peak in Grandfather Mountain SP

North Carolina / Boone Fork Parking Area

At 5,946 feet, Calloway Peak provides hikers with perhaps the best view of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll have to earn this view - it is a tough climb up, although not terribly long.

Justin Costner
232 Saves

Hike the Stone Mountain Loop

North Carolina / Stone Mountain Loop Trail

This is a strenuous 4.5 mile hike beginning from the Lower Parking Lot in Stone Mountain State Park (for a 5.2 mile hike, begin at the Upper Parking Lot).

Elyse Clark
228 Saves

Hike to Janes Bald

North Carolina / Carver's Gap Trailhead

This journey begins at Carvers Gap, on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. At a beginning elevation of 5512 ft.

Tommy White
217 Saves

Hike to High Shoals Falls

North Carolina / Jacob Fork Parking Area

From the Jacob Fork parking area in South Mountains State Park, it is a short 1 mile walk over the Jacob River to the High Shoals Waterfall (80').

Explore Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina / Beacon Heights Parking Area

Beacon Heights is the perfect hike when you're on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville and Grandfather Mountain, Milepost 305.2. The trail is a steady climb uphill for less than a half mile.

Tommy White
202 Saves

Hike to the Pinnacle in Pinnacle Park

North Carolina / Pinnacle Trail, Sylva

Heading out from the parking area, head north on this challenging hike. For the majority of the hike, you'll have a pretty steady uphill charge.

Steve Yocom
197 Saves

Camp and Paddle at Price Lake

North Carolina / Price Lake, NC

This campground is all kinds of amazing, and if you get one of the sites in the A loop, you will have lakefront property (just be warned, if I see you there, I'll have to crash with you ;-).

Christin Healey
195 Saves

Explore Chimney Rock

North Carolina / Chimney Rock Parking Area

Chimney rock is a beautiful slab of weather granite that is visible from miles around.

Robbie O'Donnell
194 Saves

Camp on Shortoff Mountain in the Linville Gorge

North Carolina / Shortoff Mountain Trailhead

The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, is one of the wildest, most rugged gorges in the eastern United States.

Samuel Martin
193 Saves

Hike to Huckleberry Knob

North Carolina / Huckleberry Knob

Huckleberry Knob is the highest point in the Cheoah Ranger District at 5,560 feet, and it offers expansive views of the surrounding Cherokee and Natahala National Forest. The hike is 2.

Nathan Szwarc
186 Saves

Explore Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields

North Carolina / Graveyard Fields

Graveyard Fields got it's name years ago from wind-thrown tree trunks that gave the appearance of a graveyard, until 1925 when an intense fire swept through the area, destroying the stumps.

Tiffany Edmiston
183 Saves

Day Hike to Hemphill Bald

North Carolina / Hemphill Bald Trailhead

Hemphill Bald is a quintessential Smoky Mountains vantage point and this moderate loop trail leading to it takes you through beautiful forest and rolling hills.

Steve Yocom
180 Saves

Hike Tennent Mountain

North Carolina / Black Balsam Knob Road

Park at the Lot at the end of Black Balsam road, and start your morning in the dark, down the old dirt road at the end of the lot.

Steve Yocom
176 Saves

Hike Andrews Bald

North Carolina / Clingmans Dome Trailhead

The trail begins at the Clingmans Dome parking lot, just to the left of the paved walkway up to Clingmans Dome.

Nathan Szwarc
175 Saves

Hiking to the Chambers Mountain Firetower

North Carolina / Chambers Mountain Trailhead

The hike to the summit of Chambers Mountain is on the gravel access road to the tower.

Steve Yocom
170 Saves

Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail

North Carolina / Pinnacle Gap Parking Area

I usually spend the day visiting restaurants and breweries around Asheville. Before it gets late, so you can enjoy the views, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway located right outside the city.

Michael Sommers
169 Saves

Explore Cataloochee Valley

North Carolina / Cataloochee Valley

History, solitude and wildlife abound in this quiet corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but getting here is not easy. Take the scenic route via Cove Creek Road from Cosby, TN.

Robin Pfeifer
167 Saves

Hike to Mt. Sterling's Fire Tower

North Carolina / Baxter Creek Trailhead

On your way in, stop at the ranger station parking lot to use the outhouses and grab a map for $1. Once at the Baxter Creek trailhead you have two options: 1. The Out and Back (12.2 miles) 2.

Brendon Pierson
158 Saves

Catch a Sunset on Wrightsville Beach

North Carolina / Crystal Pier, NC

The great part about this adventure is that you can start anywhere on the island at any time of day.

Robbie O'Donnell
157 Saves

Camp at Round Bald

North Carolina / Carvers Gap

This super easy hike to the campsites near Round Bald is the perfect intro to backpacking for kids or newbies, but serves just as well for the more experienced backpackers who can't squeeze a longer .

Steve Yocom
156 Saves

Explore Dry Falls, North Carolina

North Carolina / Dry Falls North Carolina

Dry Falls is located off of Hwy. 64, which has been designated as the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, and the road does not disappoint. Hwy.

Matthew Koehnemann
148 Saves

Explore Boone Fork Creek

North Carolina / Boone Fork Parking Area

Boone Fork Bridge and creek is situated at the base of Grandfather Mountain, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 299.9. Elevation 3905'.

Tommy White
147 Saves

Hiking from Carver's Gap to Hwy. 19 on the AT

North Carolina / Carver's Gap Trailhead

The AT from Carver's Gap to HWY 19 is about 14.5 miles, but with side adventures, it could be roughly 20 miles. The trail crosses the road and continues up about a 400 ft.

Taking in Soco Falls

North Carolina / Soco Falls

This double waterfall is located a mile and half off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Steve Yocom
139 Saves

Camp at Freeman Park (Carolina Beach)

North Carolina / Freeman Park

Carolina Beach is a long and broad beach in North Carolina, just south of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.

Robbie O'Donnell
138 Saves

Hike to Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

North Carolina / Black Balsam Knob Road

The parking area for Black Balsam Knob is at mile marker 420.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's free to hike here. Take the Art Loeb Trail a half mile until you reach the knob.

Alyssa Ramirez
137 Saves

Kayak Hammocks Beach State Park Waterways

North Carolina / Hammocks Beach State Park Entrace

The number of routes one can take to kayak to Hammocks Beach State Park are endless.

Nathan Eckman
137 Saves

Camp at Davidson River Campground in the Pisgah National Forest

North Carolina / Davidson River Campground

Pisgah National Forest, in my opinion, is one of the best national forests in the United States.

Robbie O'Donnell
133 Saves

Hiking the South Mountains' Jacob Fork

North Carolina / Jacob Fork River Trailhead

The journey begins at the Cicero Branch Parking Area along South Mountain Road, following Jacob Fork River Trail. The trail runs along the Fork before ascending Chestnut Knob.

Holden LeCroy
131 Saves

Hike to Shuckstack Fire Tower

North Carolina / Fontana Dam Trailhead

Your Shuckstack adventure starts at the Fontana Dam outside of Bryson City, NC. As the highest dam East of the Rocky Mountains, it's a sight on its own.

Bradley Burgess
128 Saves

Backpack through Nantahala National Forest via the Appalachian Trail

North Carolina / Winding Stair Gap

Winding Stair Gap on Highway 64 is the starting point for this spectacular backpacking trip through the Nantahala National Forest.

Bradley Burgess
128 Saves

Hike Ledbetter Creek

North Carolina / Ledbetter Creek

Leaving the Nantahala Outdoor Center, drive upriver for 6.5 miles until you see a pull off on the right.

Bradley Burgess
124 Saves

Backpack the Forney Creek Loop

North Carolina / Forney Ridge Trailhead

This is an overnight loop hike that is built around one night in the back country. It can be done as an ambitious day hike.

Haresh Soorma
121 Saves

Photograph Mingo Falls

North Carolina / Mingo Falls Trailhead

Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reserve (Qualla Boundary), close to the Smokies park entrance.

Joshua Contois
119 Saves

Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Lake Norman

North Carolina / Lake Norman Lake Shore Trail

From the Cove Picnic area in Lake Norman State Park, you immediately begin hiking along the lakeshore. If you don't want to take the full lake loop, use Short Turn Trail for a 2.5 mile hike.

Hike to Wolf Rock and Cedar Rock

North Carolina / Stone Mountain Loop Trail

This easy 3.0 mile hike begins at the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot at Stone Mountain State Park and includes a 400' ascent to two granite outcrops with nice views.

Elyse Clark
113 Saves

Backpack Graveyard Fields-Black Balsam Knob Circuit

North Carolina / Graveyard Fields

When the weather is in your favor, these treeless mountain tops will have your jaw on the floor with layers upon layers of Blue Ridge Mountains.

Clare Healy
109 Saves

Camp at Snaggy Mountain

North Carolina / Snaggy Mountain

Snaggy Mountain is privately owned land that offers a beautiful camping spot located just outside of the Pigsah National Forest.

Korey Taylor
107 Saves

Hike Fort Fisher's Basin Trail

North Carolina / Basin Trailhead, Fort Fisher

If you're ever in Wilmington, you have got to make time to stop by Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach. You can either get there by driving and you can also take a ferry to it.

Jen Donggur
105 Saves

Hike to Grassy Creek Falls

North Carolina / Grassy Creek Falls Trailhead

Grassy Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that lies on private property just north of Little Switzerland's downtown area. The trailhead is easy to find.

Alan Maxcy
97 Saves

Explore Wiseman's View

North Carolina / Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook Parkinglot

From the parking area, head towards a paved road that leads you to the overlook. The walk to reach the overlook is much shorter than the drive and once you arrive, you'll see that it was all worth it.

Jen Donggur
93 Saves

Hike The Hollow Rock Trail at Rocky Face Mountain

North Carolina / Hollow Rock Trailhead

From the parking lot, head northwest to find the trailhead for Buzzard Roost Loop. Follow that and stay left to meet up with the Hollow Rock Trail.

Backpack the Dutchman's Creek Trail, Uwharrie NF

North Carolina / Dutchman's Creek Trailhead

This hike starts with mellow terrain changes allowing you to get a feel for the trail. For the first 5 miles you will have one or two steep inclines that take a toll on the calf muscles.

Conrad Mcgill
81 Saves

Hike Three Waterfalls Loop

North Carolina / Deep Creek Ranger Station

Start the loop by hiking the Juney Whank Falls Trail to Juney Whank Falls. The footbridge across the creek makes an excellent place to rest and take in the falls.

Johnathan Duncan
80 Saves

Drive the Scenic Lake Tahoma

North Carolina / Pleasant Gardens

This scenic drive is along NC 80 between a small town called Pleasant Gardens and Micaville.

Korey Taylor
80 Saves

Hike to Little Hump Mountain

North Carolina / Little Hump Mountain Trailhead

Just before reaching Yellow Gap, note a Forest Service Road to your left. This takes you to the "Barn", an old barn that has been converted into an Appalachian Trail shelter.

Hiking and Fishing the Big East Fork Trail

North Carolina / Big East Fork Trail

Park at the big east fork and fish your way up through wild fish country and scenic waterfalls.

Steve Yocom
77 Saves

Watch the Green Race

North Carolina / The Green Race

On the first Saturday of November the best creek boaters in the world gather at the Green River in North Carolina to see who can storm the Narrows and claim the top title (at least for the next year!.

Rob Giersch
74 Saves

Paddling The Slab and Eternity Hole

North Carolina / The Slab and Eternity Hole Put In

The Slab and Eternity hole, located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River, are two of Western, NC's best play spots for kayakers of all levels.

Rob Giersch
73 Saves

Explore Old 288 and the Lands Creek Bridge

North Carolina / Fontana Lake - Old NC 288 Boat Ramp

NC 288 was constructed in the 1920's, but did not last long with the construction of the Fontana Dam as the resulting lake covered the highway. The U.S.

Johnathan Duncan
73 Saves

Hike to and Climb Pickens Nose

North Carolina / Pickens Nose Parking Area

From the parking area (fits about 6 cars) follow the trail on the same side of the road up the ridge through dense rhododendron.

Dwayne Parton
72 Saves

Mountain Biking Bent Creek

North Carolina / Hard Times Trailhead

Bent Creek is my favorite Mountain Biking spot in the Southeast, and epitomizes the fun and beauty to be found biking in the North Carolina mountains.

Rob Giersch
71 Saves

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls

North Carolina / Big Creek/Mouse Creek Trailhead

Follow Big Creek Trail on a moderate climb to this 45-foot waterfall. Around 1.

Hike to Party Rock

North Carolina / Party Rock Trailhead

This hike is a strenuous 2.4 miles that takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

Kelley Dodge
66 Saves

Hike the Deep Creek Loop

North Carolina / Deep Creek Trailhead

After parking in the Deep Creek Campground parking lot follow the signs for the Deep Creek Trailhead. The Tom Branch waterfall is just .3 miles on the right side. Hike another .

Brian Whitener
61 Saves

Day Trip to Lake Crabtree

North Carolina / Lake Crabtree Parking Area

Lake Crabtree is a 215 acre park that sits right next to a 520 acre flood control lake, known as Lake Crabtree. The park is open year round and offers a plethora of different activities.

Johnathan Duncan
58 Saves

Camp on Ocracoke Island, NC

North Carolina / Hatteras Ferry Terminal

Camping on Ocracoke is allowed at the National Park Service Ocracoke Campground. Ocracoke Island is accessible via the North Carolina Ferry System.

Angie Stidham
58 Saves

Boulder at Rumbling Bald

North Carolina / Rumbling Bald Parking

Located off of Boys Camp Rd. in Lake Lure, North Carolina, Rumbling Bald is a huge boulder yard that has been in use since the 1970's and has begun to flourish.

Blake Rouse
51 Saves

Hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook

North Carolina / Noland Divide Trail Trailhead

To start the hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook begin from the Noland Divide Trailhead in Deep Creek. The trail is a steady climb with an average gain of 700 ft. every mile.

Johnathan Duncan
50 Saves

Hike the Iron Mountain Gap to Hughes Gap

North Carolina / Iron Mountain Gap Trailhead

You will start this hike at a small parking area at the state line (~3700 feet). From here the first thing you'll see is the view of Pinnacle Mountain and Unaka Mountain to the west.

Hike to Alarka Falls

North Carolina / Alarka Falls Trailhead

To visit the falls, take US-74 west from Bryson City to exit 64 . Take a left at the exit and drive on Alarka Road for about 10 miles.

Johnathan Duncan
44 Saves

Backpack the Clingmans Dome Loop

North Carolina / Clingmans Dome Trailhead

The first day of the hike is either 12.3 miles or 10.5 miles (depending on the campsite) almost all downhill, and the second half of the loop is 13.3 miles or 11.

Fletcher Chapin
44 Saves

Swim in Elk River Falls

North Carolina / Elk River Falls Parking, NC

The coordinates for the parking area are 36.198288, -81.970137. You'll see a parking area that's dirt/gravel on the right side of the road.

Jess Fischer
41 Saves

Explore River Road Park

North Carolina / River Road Park

At the end of River Road Park Rd. there is a small pier to fish off of or to just lounge on. On both the right and left side of the pier there are trails in the forest to wander through.

Conrad Mcgill
37 Saves

Backpack the Standing Indian Loop on the Appalachian Trail

North Carolina / Standing Indian Campground

Begins at the parking lot for the Standing Indian Campground. (No permits are needed to park here) For the first 3.

Kelsey Willis
35 Saves

Paddle The Cheoah River

North Carolina / Cheoah Put-In

The Cheoah River is a dam controlled section of whitewater that has become one of the "bucket runs" for Western, North Carolina.

Rob Giersch
35 Saves

Hike Big East Fork Shining Rock Loop

North Carolina / Shining Rock Trailhead

We began this trip by camping overnight in Graveyard Fields. Those camp sites are .5 miles from the car, so we kept our food there over night.

Alicia Yancey
35 Saves

Hike to Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls

North Carolina / Deep Creek Trail, GSMNP

From the Deep Creek Trailhead, you can hike to both waterfalls heading up the Deep Creek Trail. You will come across Tom Branch Falls quickly, after 0.2 miles.

Joshua Contois
23 Saves

Hike the Juney Whank Falls Loop

North Carolina / Deep Creek Trailhead

Starting at the Deep Creek Trailhead, take a short walk until the trail meets up with Juney Whank Falls Trail. From here, hang a left and head onto the Juney Whank Falls Trail.

Joshua Contois
20 Saves

Explore Green Swamp Nature Preserve

North Carolina / Green Swamp Trailhead

Green Swamp Nature Preserve is a coastal forest and swamp about 45 minutes outside of Wilmington, NC in the town of Supply, NC.

Robbie O'Donnell
19 Saves

Backpack to Overmountain Shelter in the Roan Highlands

North Carolina / Carvers Gap

Starting from the Carver Gap Parking area (do not leave belongings visible in your vehicle) head North on the Appalachian Trail (cross the road and head up the hill past the kiosk).

Jess Fischer
16 Saves

Hike to Hanging Rock

North Carolina / Hanging Rock Visitor Center

Park in the main parking lot for Hanging Rock State Park, and the trailhead can easily be found in the upper parking lot (furthest away from the main building), and is clearly marked.

Kenton Steryous
14 Saves

Hike the Kephart Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP

North Carolina / Kephart Prong Trail

Kephart Prong is a pretty easy hike in close proximity to the Visitor Center on the North Carolina Side of GSMNP.

Joshua Contois
10 Saves

Camp at Jordan Lake State Park

North Carolina / Jordan Lake State Park, Crosswinds Campground

We passed by Jordan Lake on the way home from a soccer match, and the kids asked if we could camp there before summer's end.

Joshua West
7 Saves