The Best Backpacking in Burnsville

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Top backpacking spots in and near Burnsville

  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Backpack the Black Mountain Crest Trail

    12 mi / 5390 ft gain
    The Black Mountain Crest Trail is legendary among hikers in the southeast. It is the highest trail east of the Mississippi, as it traverses the summit of several peaks over 6,000 feet. It is also widely acknowledged as one of the premier hikes on the east coast. To whit, the trail immediately asc...
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Black Mountain Crest Trail

    11.37 mi / 5075 ft gain
    Black Mountain Crest Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Black Crest Trail and Mount Mitchell

    16.15 mi / 4987 ft gain
    Black Crest Trail and Mount Mitchell is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Big Butt Peak, Cattail Peak, Mount Mitchell and Gibbs Mountain

    24.38 mi / 5919 ft gain
    Big Butt Peak, Cattail Peak, Mount Mitchell and Gibbs Mountain is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Celo Knob Via Black Mountain Crest and Colbert Ridge Trails

    13.97 mi / 4446 ft gain
    Celo Knob Via Black Mountain Crest and Colbert Ridge Trails is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Colbert Ridge to Mount Mitchell to Maple Camp Ridge Loop

    18.22 mi / 5066 ft gain
    Colbert Ridge to Mount Mitchell to Maple Camp Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Big Bald

    14.13 mi / 3448 ft gain
    Big Bald is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Buncombe Horse Trail

    20.13 mi / 4793 ft gain
    Buncombe Horse Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Commissary Hill via Mount Mitchell Trail and Higgins Bald Loop

    7.66 mi / 2848 ft gain
    Commissary Hill via Mount Mitchell Trail and Higgins Bald Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Hike to Beauty Spot Gap

    5.0
    2.13 mi / 1277 ft gain
    Beauty Spot Gap is located on the Appalachian Trail on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The bald offers a panoramic view of Cherokee National Forest and the city of Erwin. This is a popular destination for hikers of the AT to set up camp and watch the sunset. From the Tennessee side, t...
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa

    8.05 mi / 1165 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain

    6.35 mi / 1654 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Green Mountain, North Carolina.
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  • Mars Hill, North Carolina

    Big Bald via Appalachian Trail

    6.72 mi / 2382 ft gain
    Big Bald via Appalachian Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Erwin, Tennessee.
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap

    8.05 mi / 2815 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Erwin, Tennessee.
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Iron Mountain Gap

    30.53 mi / 9334 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Iron Mountain Gap is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

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

    5.0
    20.7 mi
    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. elevation gain to the first of the balds. This section of the AT is beautiful at near 6000 ft. above sea level and you will g...
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