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.

 
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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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 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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Hike the Graveyard Fields Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Graveyard Fields Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hiking

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

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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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Hike the Whiteside Mountain Trail near Highlands, NC to exceptional summit views

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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Crabtree Falls, North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hiking

Crabtree Falls, North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hiking

Hike the Crabtree Falls Trail to one of the most stunning waterfalls off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, NC to Lovers Leap on the French Broad River

Appalachian Trail at Hot Springs, NC: hiking to Lovers Leap

Hike the Appalachian Trail through Hot Springs, North Carolina, on the banks of the wide French Broad River, climbing to beautiful views from Lovers Leap.

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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 from Tellico Gap, climbing to exceptionally beautiful panoramic views near Franklin, NC.

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Siler Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Wayah Gap in NC

Siler Bald: hiking the Appalachian Trail via Wayah Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail near Franklin, NC to the grassy summit of Siler Bald, and grab some exceptional, 360-degree views.

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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 (aka the Black Mountain Crest Trail)

Hike the Deep Gap 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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Hike Stone Mountain NC at Dupont State Forest near Brevard

Stone Mountain Trail: Hiking DuPont State Recreational 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 to stunning views near the Blue Ridge Parkway at Black Balsam Knob

Sam Knob Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking to stunning summit views

Hike the Sam Knob Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, catching sweeping views from the Sam Knob summit and hiking through a wide, wildflower-filled meadow.

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Hike the Mt Pisgah Trail to panoramic summit views off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Mt Pisgah Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking

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

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Hike to Rainbow Falls in NC near Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls NC: Hiking at Gorges State Park

Hike to a trio of beautiful waterfalls near Gorges State Park including the towering Rainbow Falls, a stunning 150-foot single-drop waterfall that tumbles into a wildflower-filled forest.

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