North Carolina Hiking & Running Trails: 4-6 Miles

Grab your hiking boots or running shoes, and grab some miles! These North Carolina trails hike and run from four to six miles on the Asheville area’s most popular trails.

 
Looking Glass Rock Trail near Brevard, NC

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Hike the Looking Glass Rock Trail to an iconic, domed mountaintop near Brevard, NC, catching incredible, lofty views from the steep-sided, summit.

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Hike to Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain loop: hiking the Art Loeb & Ivestor Gap Trails

Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.

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Mount Mitchell: hiking the Old Mitchell Trail and Commissary Trail Loop

Mount Mitchell: hiking the Old Mitchell Trail, Camp Alice Trail and Commissary Trail Loop

Hike the Mount Mitchell High Loop, catching stunning summit views at the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Explore a rocky, high-elevation forest and sun-drenched fields of wildflowers and wild berries, and a visit small waterfall on a four mile loop.

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Hike the Mountains to Sea Trail from Devil's Courthouse to Black Balsam Knob near Asheville, NC

Devils Courthouse: hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail to Black Balsam Knob

Hike the Mountains to Sea Trail to stunning vistas, climbing to lofty views at Devil’s Courthouse and above the Blue Ridge Parkway before hiking to Black Balsam Knob.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Carvers Gap to Roan High Knob, visiting the highest-elevation AT shelter on the trail

Roan High Knob: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Carvers Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail from Carvers Gap at Roan Mountain, climbing through a lush, mossy, fir-filled forest to beautiful views at Roan High Knob.

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Appalachian Trail: hiking Standing Indian Mountain from Deep Gap near Franklin, NC

Standing Indian Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Deep Gap, NC

Hike the Appalachian Trail to beautiful views at Standing Indian Mountain near Franklin, NC, climbing from Deep Gap and visiting the Standing Indian AT shelter.

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Roan Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail to Grassy Ridge Bald

Roan Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail to Grassy Ridge Bald

Hike the Appalachian Trail over the rolling Roan Highlands, hiking from Carvers Gap to grassy, wildflower-covered fields and exceptional 360-degree summit views at Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge Bald.

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Linville Falls in Winter: hiking the Linville Falls & Plunge Basin Trails

Linville Falls in winter: hiking the Linville Falls & Plunge Basin Trails

Hike from the winter-access trailhead at Linville Gorge, catching views of the tumbling Linville Falls waterfall from multiple overlooks, and plunging to the base of the gorge on the Plunge Basin Trail.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail in NC to the Albert Mountain fire tower and Mooney Gap

Appalachian Trail: Albert Mountain fire tower to Mooney Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, climbing to the Albert Mountain fire tower, hiking through Bearpen Gap and catching stunning views along the Big Butt ridge to Mooney Gap.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail in Winter at Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain: winter hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Roan Highlands

Stunning year-round, the Roan Highlands are exceptionally beautiful during a Winter sunrise. Hike the Appalachian Trail from Carvers Gap to Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge for nearly continuous, exceptional wintertime views.

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Hike DuPont State Forest to visit three spectacular waterfalls: Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls

DuPont State Forest waterfalls: Three Falls Hike (Triple Falls, High Falls & Hooker Falls)

Hike to five popular, gorgeous DuPont State Forest waterfalls, High Falls, Hooker Falls, and three waterfalls at Triple Falls, on a 4.5 mile, ultra-scenic hike on the Little River.

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