North Carolina Hiking & Running Trails: 6 + Miles

Let’s hit the trail! Explore western North Carolina’s beauty on our favorite hiking and running trails near Asheville, exploring mountain summits, river valleys and gorgeous forest on these trails over 6 miles.

 
Ivestor Gap Trail: hiking to Shining Rock Mountain in western NC

Shining Rock Mountain on the Ivestor Gap Trail

Explore North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness and the brilliant, white quartz-encrusted Shining Rock Mountain on the Ivestor Gap Trail, the easiest route to this beautiful, iconic summit.

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Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail from Black Balsam Knob in western NC

Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Shining Rock Wilderness on the Art Loeb Trail

Hike the Art Loeb Trail to the stunning, brilliant white, quartz-crusted Shining Rock Mountain, catching stunning vistas from Black Balsam Knob and exploring wildflower-covered, view-packed mountain balds in NC’s Shining Rock Wilderness.

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Hike the Graveyard Fields Loop to beautiful views from Graveyard Ridge and the Graveyard Fields waterfalls in western NC

Graveyard Fields Loop: hiking to waterfalls and views on the Graveyard Ridge Trail

Hike the Graveyard Fields Loop to explore tumbling waterfalls, views from the Graveyard Ridge Trail, and fields of wildflowers, blueberries, and blackberries just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Cold Mountain, NC: hike the Art Loeb Trail from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp

Cold Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail

Hike to exceptional views on the Cold Mountain summit in North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness, following the Art Loeb Trail from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp.

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Hike the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail to stunning summit views at Calloway Peak

Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail: hiking to Calloway Peak

Hike the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail to Profile View, the mountain’s famous face-like profile, and climb a rocky, boulder-filled ascent to stunning views from Watauga View and Calloway Peak on the Grandfather Mountain ridge.

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Hike to The Pinnacle, a towering summit in the Plott Balsam range near Sylva, North Carolina

Pinnacle Park in Sylva, NC: hiking the West Fork Trail to The Pinnacle

Hike the West Fork Trail at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina, climbing to exceptional views from The Pinnacle, a high-elevation, knobby summit.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from the Roan Highlands to the Overmountain Shelter, a historic red barn at Yellow Mountain Gap

Roan Highlands: Appalachian Trail to the Overmountain Shelter

Hike the Appalachian Trail to stunning views in the Roan Highlands, rolling from Carvers Gap to the Overmountain Shelter, a historic red barn at Yellow Mountain Gap, on this 11 mile adventure.

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Shortoff Mountain Trail: hiking Linville Gorge near Lake James

Shortoff Mountain Trail: hiking Linville Gorge

Hike to the summit of Shortoff Mountain, scoring gorgeous views of nearby Lake James and carving across the view-packed southern rim of Linville Gorge.

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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!