North Carolina Hiking & Running Trails: 2-4 Miles

Grab your hiking boots or running shoes and hit the trail! These popular North Carolina hiking and running trails travel two to four miles near Asheville, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Linville Gorge and more.

 
Graveyard Fields Trail: top waterfall hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Graveyard Fields Trail

Hike the ultra-popular Graveyard Fields Trail to stunning waterfalls, through fields of wildflowers, wild blackberries and blueberries, and to beautiful views on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail at Hot Springs, NC, exploring the French Broad River and gorgeous views at Lovers Leap

Appalachian Trail: Hot Springs, NC to Lovers Leap

Hike the Appalachian Trail at Hot Springs, North Carolina, climbing to beautiful views from Lovers Leap and exploring the wide, whitewater-filled French Broad River.

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Hike Stone Mountain NC at Dupont State Forest near Brevard

Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest

Hike to the Stone Mountain summit in Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC to catch stunning, 180-degree panoramas from a wildflower-stippled mountaintop.

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Hike the Sam Knob Trail, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western NC

Sam Knob Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike the Sam Knob Trail, catching sweeping summit views and hiking through a wide, wildflower-filled meadow just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western NC.

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Hike to Rainbow Falls, NC, and visit Turtleback Falls, on the Rainbow Falls Trail in Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls NC at Gorges State Park

Hike to the towering 150-foot Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls and Drift Falls through a wildflower-filled forest in North Carolina’s Gorges State Park.

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Hike the Deep Gap Trail from Mount Mitchell to Mount Craig and Big Tom Mountain

Mount Mitchell: hiking to Mount Craig on the Deep Gap Trail

Hike the Deep Gap Trail (aka the Black Mountain Crest Trail) at Mount Mitchell State Park, trekking a ridgeline to beautiful views at Mount Craig, the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River, and the neighboring Big Tom Mountain.

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Siler Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Wayah Gap

Siler Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Wayah Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail to Siler Bald near Franklin, NC, and score some exceptional, 360-degree views from a sun-drenched, grassy summit.

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Wesser Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Tellico Gap

Wesser Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Tellico Gap

Hike to the Wesser Bald fire tower on the Appalachian Trail, climbing to exceptionally beautiful panoramic views from Tellico Gap near Franklin, NC.

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Crabtree Falls NC: top waterfall hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Crabtree Falls Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike the Crabtree Falls Trail to one of North Carolina’s most beautiful waterfalls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville.

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Whiteside Mountain Trail: top hikes near Highlands, NC

Whiteside Mountain Trail

Hike Whiteside Mountain near Highlands, NC, climbing to exceptional summit views from the mountain’s sheer, 750-foot, towering rock walls.

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Hawksbill Trail at Linville Gorge: hiking Hawksbill Mountain

Hawksbill Mountain Trail at Linville Gorge

Hike the Hawksbill Trail at Linville Gorge in western NC, scaling the mountain’s craggy, jagged summit to outstanding mountaintop views and spectacular sunrises.

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Hike the Cloudland Trail at Roan Mountain, climbing to gorgeous views at Roan High Bluff

Roan High Bluff: hiking the Cloudland Trail at Roan Mountain

Hike the Cloudland Trail at Roan Mountain to two overlooks at Roan High Bluff, catching stunning summit views and trailing through a lush, high-elevation forest.

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Mount Pisgah Trail: best hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Mt Pisgah Trail

Hike the Mt Pisgah Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near of Asheville, trailing through a scenic forest to breathtaking views from the mountain’s towering summit. It’s a moderately difficult but short climb, and so worth the effort.

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Linville Falls Trail: hiking Linville Gorge waterfalls near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Linville Falls Trail at Linville Gorge

Hike to epic views of Linville Gorge’s enormous waterfalls on this Linville Falls Trail two miler. It’s north of Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway – and easily one of North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes.

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Hike the Catawba Falls Trail to beautiful waterfalls on the Catawba River east of Asheville

Catawba Falls Trail

Hike the Catawba Falls Trail east of Asheville, trekking through a mossy, shady forest valley to a beautiful series of waterfalls on the Catawba River.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch Mountain to stunning views and endless fields of wildflowers

Max Patch on the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch, one of North Carolina’s most popular AT hikes, on a grassy, bald mountain that’s covered in wildflowers. Catch a gorgeous sunrise, sunset or afternoon picnic on this moderate two mile loop with stunning 360-degree views and seemingly endless sunshine.

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Let’s hit the trail, Asheville!   #ashevilletrails

Western North Carolina's beauty is simply stunning. From Asheville's urban biking and running trails to the curvy meanders of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and from the towering heights of Mount Mitchell to the shady, cool, waterfall-filled valleys of the Pisgah National Forest, there's a whole lot of outdoor beauty to be seen in Western NC.

Snap a selfie from a hike to your favorite mountain summit, a group shot of your favorite hiking buddies, or a morning sunrise from your trail run off the Blue Ridge Parkway... we'd love to see your adventures! Share your photos with us! Tag them #ashevilletrails on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We'll share our favorites, as well as our own favorite shots!