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  • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

    Connelly Springs, North Carolina is a popular destination for activities and attractions. From scenic trails and breathtaking views to must-visit attractions, the area has plenty to offer. Popular trails include the Catawba River Trail, the South Mountains State Park, and the Fonta Flora State Trail. For outdoor adventures, visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Other attractions include the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock State Park, and the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. All of these attractions provide a great way to explore the area and offer a unique experience for everyone.

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    • Marion, North Carolina

      Drive the Scenic Lake Tahoma

      This scenic drive is along NC 80 between a small town called Pleasant Gardens and Micaville. It can also be taken in the opposite direction depending on where you are driving from, but the main attraction is Lake Tahoma. Lake Tahoma is a private lake in the Western North Carolina Mountains, but ...
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    • Seven Devils, North Carolina

      Calloway Peak via Profile Trail

      7.11 mi / 2493 ft gain
      Calloway Peak via Profile Trail is an out-and-back trail with waterfall views located near Banner Elk, North Carolina in Grandfather Mountain State Park.
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    • Linville, North Carolina

      Profile Trail to Calloway Peak

      6.2 mi / 2300 ft gain
      If you're looking for a challenge and hoping to escape the crowds at Grandfather Mountain, this is the hike for you.  Climbing up the back side of the mountain (opposite the famed mile-high swinging bridge) this trail is fee-free and easy-to-access with its own parking lot.  The trail, marked w...
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    • Statesville, North Carolina

      Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Lake Norman

      5 mi / 75 ft gain
      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. This trail makes for a moderate hike or solid trail run route.
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    • Spruce Pine, North Carolina

      Grassy Creek Falls

      1.5 mi / 312 ft gain
      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. From Little Switzerland simply go under the Blue Ridge Parkway and the driveway is immediately on the right. You will park at the top of the...
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    • Purlear, North Carolina

      Cascades Trail

      0.86 mi / 220 ft gain
      Cascades Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Deep Gap, North Carolina.
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    • Micaville, North Carolina

      Crabtree Falls

      2.83 mi / 525 ft gain
      Starting from the old store parking area at MP 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow the trail through a meadow past the campground amphitheater. After crossing the paved road to the campground, the trail will come to a T-intersection. Take the trail to the right for the shortest way to the fal...
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    • Kings Mountain, North Carolina

      Drive the Crowders Mountain Drive

      Drove this scenic road to my way to Crowders Mountain State Park. Very pretty views.
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    • Purlear, North Carolina

      The Lump Trail

      0.27 mi / 82 ft gain
      The Lump Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Purlear, North Carolina.
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    • Burnsville, North Carolina

      Roaring Fork Falls

      1.31 mi / 249 ft gain
      Park at the work center but don't block the gate. Hike around the gate and head up the grassy and gravel road. Once you get to the creek a narrow path leads upstream to the base of the falls.  gps: n35 46.101/ w82 11.713 
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    • Gastonia, North Carolina

      Hike Crowders Mountain

      4.2 mi / 1100 ft gain
      Crowders Mountain State Park is the closest green space to downtown Charlotte and it will not disappoint. There are two peaks worth checking out: The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain. Crowders Mountain stands at 1,600' offering incredible views of the surrounding area and on a clear day you can see...
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    • Newland, North Carolina

      Big Hump Mountain via the Appalachian Trail

      7.83 mi / 2021 ft gain
      Towering over Little Hump Mountain, Big Hump Mountain offers one of the clearest views on the Appalachian Trail. Big Hump Mountain is located in the Roan Highlands North of Bradley Gap. This peak is not as traveled as other popular hikes in the area despite its massive size because of the intense...
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    • Newland, North Carolina

      Hike to Bradley Gap along the Appalachian Trail

      4.6 mi / 1339 ft gain
      Bradley Gap rests along the Appalachian Trail overlooking North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. Part of the Roan Highlands, Bradley Gap can be accessed via Yellow Mountain Gap Trailhead. Follow the Roaring Fork Trail from the trailhead until you intersect the Appalachian Trail (White Blaze) app...
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    • Old Fort, North Carolina

      Green Knob Lookout Tower

      0.76 mi / 292 ft gain
      Green Knob Lookout Tower is an abandoned fire tower near Mt. Mitchell and located directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower boasts a full 360-degree, unobstructed view of Mt. Mitchell, Craggy Mountains, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and the Parkway. Unlike most fire towers, this tower is...
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    • Elk Park, North Carolina

      Elk River Falls

      0.35 mi / 62 ft gain
      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. At the far end of the parking lot is a sign that says Elk River Falls with an arrow pointing up the hill. From this point its about a .2 mile long walk to th...
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    • Appalachian Trail, Tennessee

      Jones Falls via Appalachian Trail

      10.65 mi / 2484 ft gain
      Starting at the Appalachian Trail (AT) trailhead at US 19E, follow the AT north for 3.1 miles until you reach the intersection of the trail with Buck Mountain Rd. This section of the AT has an elevation gain of almost 1000 ft, and large sections of trail with significant meadows offering magnific...
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