The Best Hiking in Lake Toxaway

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Top hiking spots in and near Lake Toxaway

  • Brevard, North Carolina

    Hike the Toxaway River Trail

    1.25 mi
    This easy 1.25 mile hike is located within the Lake Toxaway community. The trail itself follows a small creek as it winds through the valley. Be warned - there are numerous stream crossings. Most of the crossings are fairly easy at normal water levels, but can be difficult if the water is high. S...
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls in Gorges SP

    4.5
    3.91 mi / 778 ft gain
    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. The plume of mist at the bottom creates a distinct rainbow effect, giving the falls its name. Hike to Rainbow Falls ...
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Hike to Raven Rock Falls

    0.5 mi
    If you want to see a great waterfall without hiking all day, this is the perfect trail for you.  Getting there - The trailhead is about 2 miles from the intersection of Cold Mountain and Panther Ridge Road (exact coordinates: 35.1594, -82.9801). There is a small grassy pull out where you can park...
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  • Brevard, North Carolina

    Canebrake Trail and Foothills Trail

    18.22 mi / 3491 ft gain
    Canebrake Trail and Foothills Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina.
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Dismal Falls

    4.08 mi / 1276 ft gain
    Dismal Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina.
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Rhapsodie Falls

    2.98 mi / 623 ft gain
    Rhapsodie Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina.
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Greenland Creek Trail

    2.22 mi / 269 ft gain
    Greenland Creek Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sapphire, North Carolina.
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Hike to Schoolhouse Falls and Little Green

    5.0
    3 mi
    Trail signs in Panthertown Valley are limited. Be sure to bring a map! Starting at the Cold Mountain parking lot, hike to Schoolhouse Falls. This is a nice waterfall with a pool at the bottom. In the summer, you are bound to run into other fellow hikers here.  From Schoolhouse Falls, you have the...
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Hike to Warden, Jawbone, and Riding Ford Falls

    4.5 mi
    Warden, Jawbone, and Riding Ford Falls are three waterfalls located along the headwaters of the Tuckasegee River in Panthertown Valley. Not far from the Cold Mountain trailhead, these falls are quite popular in the summer. On a weekend, you will often find people playing in the pools below the fa...
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  • Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

    Panthertown Backcountry Loop

    7.89 mi / 906 ft gain
    Panthertown Backcountry Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Glenville, North Carolina.
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  • Transylvania County, North Carolina

    Bearcamp Creek Falls Loop

    11.15 mi / 2995 ft gain
    Bearcamp Creek Falls Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Sapphire, North Carolina.
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  • Sapphire, North Carolina

    Thompson River Waterfalls

    7.87 mi / 2031 ft gain
    Thompson River Waterfalls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sapphire, North Carolina.
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  • Sapphire, North Carolina

    Fairfield Lake Loop

    3.28 mi / 459 ft gain
    Fairfield Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Sapphire, North Carolina.
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  • Glenville, North Carolina

    Panthertown Valley Trail to Mac's Gap Trail Loop

    5.42 mi / 823 ft gain
    Panthertown Valley Trail to Mac's Gap Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Glenville, North Carolina.
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  • Glenville, North Carolina

    Panthertown Valley Trail to Big Green Mountain Loop

    5.66 mi / 971 ft gain
    Panthertown Valley Trail to Big Green Mountain Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Glenville, North Carolina.
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  • Glenville, North Carolina

    Mac's Gap to Devil's Elbow and Panthertown Valley Loop Trail

    8.27 mi / 1263 ft gain
    Mac's Gap to Devil's Elbow and Panthertown Valley Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Glenville, North Carolina.
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