Hiking Near Me In Each Town

Central Mountains of NC

Explore the best of the Central Mountains of North Carolina with our guide to one popular hike near each charming town. From breathtaking vistas to serene waterfalls, these trails offer the perfect blend of adventure and natural beauty, making them ideal for hikers of all levels.

  • Asheville:
    The Art Loeb Trail—This challenging trail traverses the Pisgah National Forest and offers stunning views and diverse ecosystems.
  • Bakersville:
    Roan Mountain Trails – Known for its breathtaking rhododendron gardens and panoramic views, especially the Roan High Knob and Roan High Bluff trails.
  • Black Mountain:
    Graybeard Trail—A scenic and moderately challenging trail that offers beautiful vistas and waterfalls.
  • Brevard:
    Looking Glass Rock Trail—This popular trail leads to the top of Looking Glass Rock, which provides expansive views of the surrounding area.
  • Burnsville:
    Mount Mitchell Trail—This trail leads to the highest peak in the Eastern United States, offering incredible views and a challenging hike.
  • Chimney Rock:
    Hickory Nut Falls Trail—A relatively easy hike leading to one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.
  • Hendersonville:
    DuPont State Recreational Forest Trails—Famous for its waterfalls, with trails like Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls offering beautiful scenery.
  • Hot Springs:
    Appalachian Trail—The famous long-distance trail passes through Hot Springs, providing various day-hike options with stunning views.
  • Lake Lure:
    Chimney Rock State Park Trails—including the Outcroppings Trail, which leads to the iconic Chimney Rock and offers panoramic views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge.
  • Marion:
    Linville Gorge Wilderness Area Trails—The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and trails like the Linville Falls Trail offer breathtaking views of the gorge and waterfalls.
  • Marshall:
    Max Patch Trail—A relatively easy hike to a grassy bald with 360-degree views of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Mars Hill:
    Big Bald via Appalachian Trail—A moderate to strenuous hike offering stunning views from the summit of Big Bald.
  • Spruce Pine:
    The Orchard at Altapass Trail—This short trail is great for hiking and walking, and you’ll unlikely encounter many other people while exploring.
  • Weaverville:
    Rattlesnake Lodge Trail—This moderate hike, part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, features historic ruins and beautiful forest scenery.

These trails offer a variety of experiences, from challenging climbs and stunning vistas to serene walks through lush forests and alongside waterfalls.

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