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.

 
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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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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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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Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail: hiking to Calloway Peak

Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail: hiking to Calloway Peak

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

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Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Ivestor Gap Trail

Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Ivestor Gap Trail

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

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Cold Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail from Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp

Cold Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail from Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp

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

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Hike the Art Loeb Trail to the brilliant-white Shining Rock summit, rolling elevation over Black Balsam and a line of wildflower-covered, view-packed balds

Hiking to the Shining Rock summit on the Art Loeb Trail

Hike the Art Loeb Trail to the brilliant-white Shining Rock summit, rolling elevation over Black Balsam and a line of wildflower-covered, view-packed balds.

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Hike this loop trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Graveyard Fields waterfalls and views from Graveyard Ridge

Graveyard Ridge and Graveyard Fields Loop: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike a moderate 6-miler to the ultra-popular Graveyard Fields waterfalls just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and ascend Graveyard Ridge to trek through fields of wildflowers, blueberries and blackberries and catch some stunning views.

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