This guide describes 50 hikes in north carolina s national forests. Pick up a trail map at the park office or print one ahead of timemaps are available on each parks webpage. These 14 epic hiking spots in south carolina are out of this world. Discover the beauty of lake norman first hand on your next visit to davidson, nc. This section includes details about all the individually named trails in the vast network of them that blankets the mountains of western nc. As the description says, this hike is the longest uninterrupted stretch of balds mountaintop meadows on the at. Find a state trail in addition to trails within state parks, the trails program plans and coordinates the management of state trails.
Youll find coverage of trails along the blue ridge parkway, and in pisgah national forest and great smoky mountains national park, plus trails in national wildlife refuges, state parks and forests, county parks, and much more. Hiking north carolinas national forests johnny molloy university. However, if you are a serious hiker or backpacker and spend a lot of time on trails in north carolina you must have this book, especially if you are looking for those lesser known spectacular sites in the state. When it comes to hiking in the jungfrau region, you cant go wrong. A guide to more than 500 of north carolinas greatest hiking trails. Discoverytrack trails found in many of our parks are specifically designed for a young persons exploration with learning activitiessuch as a scavenger hunt. Another great online resource if you are looking for hiking trails in western north carolina is asheville trails. There over 369 miles of hiking trails along the blue ridge parkway, so one of the most daunting tasks facing hikers may be choosing which trail to explore. This new edition of north carolina hiking trails covers them all, from short family walks along the coast to longdistance treks in the mountains.
Youll find a number of hiking trails in the deep creek area of the park, just two miles north of town, and also off lakeview drive. Spotlighting the best hikes in all four of north carolinas national forests nantahala, pisgah, uwharrie, and croatan, ranging from the mountains to the coastthis book. You feel like youre accompanying randy on the hikes. If blue ridge hiking company deems the conditions unsafe for hiking or driving e. Mountains to sea trail across north carolina mtstbook. The thoroughness and the color photographs of beautiful scenery on the trails add to the books appealthis book is a valuable resource for any hiker in north. The 10 best north carolina coast hiking trails with photos. From waterfall hikes on the blue ridge parkway to towering summits at linville gorge, and from grassy mountaintops on the appalachian trail to the ultrascenic, waterfallpacked dupont state forest, these great hikes near asheville top lists of favorites.
North carolina hiking trails harold blackwood photo from waterfalls to vistas to beautiful displays of wildflowers, there is something for everyone on the parkway trails in north carolina. Today, more than 600 miles of the 1,000 mile route are designated for an offroad hiking experience. Apr 01, 2005 with more than 1,300 trails covering 3,500 miles, north carolina is a hikers paradise, boasting an incredible variety of terrain. North carolinas hiking trails are as epic as they are plentiful. Connecticut walk book lace up your boots and experience some of the best hiking in new england. The most popular trails are mount mitchell trail, linville falls trail and clingmans dome lookout tower access. Mar 24, 2015 erwins view is one of two major hiking trails along the most popular falls in western, nc, linville falls. Our best hikes represent many of western north carolinas nottomiss routes. Durant nature preserve, formerly the occoneechee council of boy scouts camp durant, was purchased by the city in 1979. Beginning at the visitor center on the longleaf trail, following the sand path, then hiking the spanish moss trail creates an almost 2mile loop that ends up back at the visitor center. The most popular trails are gregory bald overnight loop, charlies bunion and bradley fork and silers bald and forney creek. Whether you are a daytripper or longdistance hiker, old hand or novice, youll find trails suited to every ability and interest. The sand path is a generationsold farm path that leads to the parks four primitive group campsites. Western north carolina is home to many beautiful scenes, most of which can be explored by hiking one of the many trails near asheville, nc.
From tumbling waterfalls to towering mountains, hike ashevilles most popular trails throughout western north carolina. From our beautiful garden trails, to our expansive paved greenways, within parks, or hiking and mountain biking trails around the citys lakes, there is something for everyone. Once you find one youre interested in, each hike guide contains all of the information you need to print out and take on your next outing. Hiking trails near bryson city nc, pet friendly hiking. Hike the appalachian trail in western nc, climbing to sundrenched ridges and angular peaks, meandering rivers, wildflowercovered mountain balds and viewpacked historic fire towers. The 10 best north carolina mountains hiking trails with. Wake county, north carolina is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and work in america. You can find the perfect hike for the time you have based on its features and highlights, difficulty, and length. Only 6 hikes come from uwharrie national forest, and only 4 come from croatan. South carolina is, by its perfect location, a hikers delight. The blue ridge parkway has so much to offer hikers. Western north carolina trails search hikewncs trail. Each trail listing has its own bookmarkable page to make it easy to find later, with all of its stats, photos, and a map where available.
Click here to see 5 reasons to hike in winter, and some great tips for preparing for your winter hike. Western north carolina trails search hikewncs trail database. North carolina hiking trails, 4th amc hiking guide series. Erwins view is one of two major hiking trails along the most popular falls in western, nc, linville falls. Visit the associations online bookstore or phone 888 8989102. There are more than 90 miles of trails and greenways available in greensboro.
There are hundreds of individual trails in the western north carolina region, but often sticking to a single trail doesnt make for the most enjoyable hike. We hike in all kinds of weather including rain and snow. If youre not interested in hitting the water, you can still admire the stunning views and embrace the lakeshore breeze from some of the amazing lake norman hiking trails. Popular appalachian trail books goodreads share book. The park was designated as a nature preserve in 2010 with the goal of protecting and preserving the areas significant natural resources and providing naturebased recreation and environmental education experiences. A guide to more than 500 of north carolinas greatest hiking trails state hiking guides series johnson, randy on. Looking for the best hiking trails around north carolina. Five triad hiking trails you shouldnt miss our state. This is a wonderful book of 500 hikes throughout north carolina. The north carolina arboretum encompasses 434 acres including 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails within a very short drive of willow winds cabins in asheville, nc. Hiking near asheville, north carolina, offers many different perspectives on the surrounding mountains. Most people know that the western north carolina is full of spectacular hiking trails. With a marina providing access to some of north carolinas best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails on 761 acres of natural land that traverse a variety of distinct habitats its no wonder carolina beach state park is a popular coastal attraction for both visitors and locals alike. Explore north carolinas diverse terrain with hundreds of miles of trails, weve got something for everyonehiking, biking, and equestrian trails as well as handicapaccessible trails.
This new editions pictures are in color which gives you a good idea of what views to expect. From peaceful strolls along mountain streams to heartpumping routes that take you high, as if in the clouds, north carolina has it all. The hikes vary in length and difficulty so theres something for both novice and experienced hikers. If you do a lot of hiking all over the state of north carolina. Asheville hiking trails asheville, ncs official travel site. Hiking in asheville nc asheville cabins of willow winds. They will be able to help you make some good choices based on your preferences and skill level.
Get hiking north carolina shown above if you are just starting to hike in the state. There are 51 hikes in this book and it is geared to both day and overnight hikers. Mar 27, 2015 these 14 epic hiking spots in south carolina are out of this world. Choose a day hike in a state park or national forest, or explore an urban landscape on a rail trail. Whether youre a dayhiker or a thruhiker, answer the call of the blue ridge mountains along one of hundreds of favorite hiking trails close to asheville, n. Features indoor and outdoor exhibits, gift shop and. The north carolina trails program originated in 1973 with the north carolina trails system act and is dedicated to helping citizens, organizations and agencies plan, develop and manage all types of trails ranging from greenways and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding to. A section of the appalachian trail in virginia parallels the parkway. Harold blackwood photo from waterfalls to vistas to beautiful displays of wildflowers, there is something for everyone on the parkway trails in north carolina. Click on a hiking trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps. The best backpacking trails in north carolina rei coop journal. Trails vary greatly in difficulty, which means that there is something for every skill level. Appalachian trail in north carolina asheville hiking trails.
Erwins view takes you to the three main lookout points of linville falls. Lace up your boots and experience some of the best hiking in new england. Hiking north carolinas blue ridge mountains hiker to hikerhiker. All four national forests are covered, but 40 of the 50 hikes are located in the two national forests in mountainous western north carolina. The north carolina trails program originated in 1973 with the north carolina trails system act and is dedicated to helping citizens, organizations and agencies plan, develop and manage all types of trails ranging from greenways and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding to paddle trails and offroad vehicle trails. From urban walking trails to hikes that will literally take your breath away, explore asheville outdoors with one of these hiking trails. However, if you are a serious hiker or backpacker and spend a lot of time on trails in north carolina you must have this book, especially if you are looking for those lesser known spectacular sites in.
The mountainstosea trail is the flagship project of the north carolina state trails program. Hiking in asheville, nc is one of the many favorite activities that guests can enjoy when staying at asheville cabins of willow winds. As part of the rei coop family, were dedicated to making websites and mobile apps that help outdoor enthusiasts connect, share information and get out into the places where they love to play. Appalachian trail in north carolina asheville trails. Best dog friendly trails in north carolina alltrails. From mile hikes to 10mile biking adventures, the perfect day is waiting on the trails. With more than 1,300 trails covering 3,500 miles, north carolina is a hikers paradise, boasting an incredible variety of terrain. I cant think of a more accessible, beautiful hike in our area.
Find the top rated hiking trails in north carolina, whether youre looking for an easy short hiking trail or a long hiking trail, youll find what youre looking for. Great smoky mountains national park and appalachian trail. These stores also have maps and books for sale about hiking in the mountains. Of course, there are so many wonderful trails in nc that they cant all fit into one book. State parks books north carolina state parks web store. Plan a thruhike on a storied route like the appalachian trail or mountainstosea trail. Download a copy of the parks trail map or purchase one from the great smoky mountains association which also sells a wide variety of hiking books, maps, and guides to help choose a hiking route and plan your backcountry trip. From the mountains of the upstate to the lowlands of the coast and coastal islands, south carolina is rife with hiking trails for every experience level. Here are some resources for the best nearby hiking areas. Currently, there are six state trails showcasing the natural, cultural and historic resources of north carolina.1161 1303 1161 913 30 1029 1410 555 974 627 723 568 1183 889 1419 416 829 126 382 1454 989 743 1363 1302 1153 1064 1320 1321 625 44 7 1501 667 932 20 243 439 475 599 1440 486