North Carolina Hiking & Running Trails: Difficult

Hike or run through some seriously beautiful landscapes in western North Carolina, and get a great workout, too! These difficult trails explore some challenging and difficult terrain, but reward the effort with remote wilderness and exceptional views.

 
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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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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