North Carolina Hiking & Running Trails: Easy

Hit the trail! These North Carolina hikes and run trail to some seriously beautiful sights – but are relatively easy, and are great for families with kids.

 
Skinny Dip Falls Trail: top waterfall hikes near Asheville, NC

Skinny Dip Falls: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hike

Hike the Skinny Dip Falls Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville to a set of beautiful, cascading waterfalls. It’s a fantastic summertime hike, and family-friendly, too, at just under 1 mile.

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Moore Cove Falls Trail: top waterfall hikes near Brevard, NC

Moore Cove Falls: waterfall hiking near Brevard, NC

Hike the Moore Cove Falls Trail to a towering, 50-foot free-falling waterfall set in a scenic creek valley filled with fern and rhododendron. It’s a beautiful, moderate, one-mile hike, and located in the Pisgah National Forest just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Hike the Beacon Heights Trail to stunning views of Grandfather Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Beacon Heights Trail: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Hike the Beacon Heights Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway to wide panoramic views from two overlooks, climbing through a mossy forest to stunning views of nearby Grandfather Mountain.

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Hike the Big Laurel Falls Trail to a tumbling waterfall near Franklin, NC.

Big Laurel Falls Trail near Franklin, NC

Hike the Big Laurel Falls Trail to a gorgeous waterfall beneath abundant rhododendron in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest.

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Craggy Gardens Trail: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway through a rhododendron-filled forest

Craggy Gardens Trail: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway through a rhododendron-filled forest

Hike the Craggy Gardens Trail, climbing through a beautiful high-elevation forest filled with blooming rhododendron, wild blueberries and wildflowers to stunning summit views.

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Asheville Urban Trail: a free tour through Asheville’s history, culture and architecture

Asheville Urban Trail: a free tour through Asheville’s history, culture and architecture

Walk or run the charming streets of Asheville on a free self guided walking tour, exploring Asheville’s history, notable residents, architecture and local art.

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Hike the Triple Falls Trail in DuPont State Forest to a trio of beautiful waterfalls

Triple Falls Trail: waterfall hiking at DuPont State Forest, NC

Hike the Triple Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest to a trio of cascading waterfalls on the scenic Little River on a relatively easy, 1 mile, kid-friendly hike.

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Hike to the Dry Falls waterfall north of Highlands, NC

Dry Falls: Waterfall hiking near Highlands, NC

Hike a short, kid-friendly, quarter-mile trail to Dry Falls, a gorgeous walk-behind waterfall on the Cullasaja River near Highlands. It’s one of North Carolina’s most beautiful and easy-access waterfalls.

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Hike the Mount Mitchell summit and Balsam Nature Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mount Mitchell Summit and Balsam Nature Trail

Hike to Mt Mitchell’s stunning summit views, and hike the connecting Balsam Nature Trail through gorgeous, lush, high-elevation forest. It’s a view-packed one mile hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Mitchell State Park.

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Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail to stunning Craggy Gardens views on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Craggy Pinnacle Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail through exceptionally beautiful forest to views of Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome and stunning Pisgah National Forest vistas north of Asheville.

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Hike the Hooker Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest to a beautiful waterfall & popular swimming hole near Brevard, NC

Hooker Falls Trail: hiking DuPont State Forest waterfalls

Hike the exceptionally short and easy Hooker Falls Trail to an exceptionally beautiful waterfall and swimming hole at DuPont State Recreational Forest near Brevard, NC.

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Looking Glass Falls, near Brevard, is one of North Carolina's most popular waterfalls

Looking Glass Falls – Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC

Catch views of the gorgeous, cascading Looking Glass Falls, a roadside waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard, NC.

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Hike to the Upper Bearwallow Falls waterfall at Gorges State Park

Bearwallow Falls Trail: waterfall hiking at Gorges State Park

Hike to the Upper Bearwallow Falls at Gorges State Park near Cashiers, NC – a half mile, kid-friendly, relatively easy trail to a beautiful, cascading waterfall.

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Whitewater Falls: waterfall hike near Cashiers, NC

Whitewater Falls: waterfall hiking near Cashiers, NC

Hike the Whitewater Falls Trail near Cashiers to the stunning, tumbling cascades of the upper Whitewater Falls waterfall on a short, family-friendly trail.

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