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Best Trails of North Carolina

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#1. Black Mountain Crest
An inspiring overnight backpack or shorter day hike across the Black Mountains, with summits all well above 6.000 feet. Views are astounding along this sparsely vegetated ridge, plummeting 4000 feet i...
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Hiking Trails
Asheville, NC - Hiking - 12 miles


#2. Mount Mitchell
Mt. Mitchell—the highest peak east of the Mississippi—is a crowning part of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience. The only motorized access to the mountain is from the Parkway, at Milepost 355.3, and the...
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Hiking Trails
Asheville, NC - Hiking - 12 miles


#3. Uwharrie National Forest
Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. The Uwharrie and Dutchmans Creek trails form a figure eight that when linked with forest roads can create hikes...
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Hiking Trails
Asheboro, NC - Hiking - 20.1 miles


#4. Mount Pisgah Area Trails
Driving the Parkway from Asheville to Mt. Pisgah is a humbling experience —especially if you stopped by Biltmore House and Gardens on the way through town. George W. Vanderbilt’s fascinating palatial ...
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Hiking Trails
Brevard, NC - Hiking - 6.4 miles


#5. Appalachian Trail: Clingmans Dome to Spence Field
This hike is a long, difficult, beautiful hike, and by the end, you will have your own definition of a southern Appalachian knob. The trail follows an easy descent for about 3 miles; then a short roc...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Hiking Trails
Cades Cove, NC - Hiking - 22.1 miles


#6. Appalachian Trail - Southern Balds Section
An inspiring hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) over the mountaintop meadows called the Southern Balds. As a whole, this is a wonderful but strenuous backpacking trip. Hikers can also make day hikes t...
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Hiking Trails
Bakersville, NC - Hiking - 13 miles


#7. Appalachian Trail: Allen Gap to Devil Fork Gap
The northern half of this hike borders the Bald Mountain Ridge Scenic Area in the Cherokee National Forest, and the AT runs along a rugged, isolated crest. Outstanding views, masses of rhododendron a...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Hiking Trails
Hot Springs, NC - Hiking - 20.2 miles


#8. Gregory Bald Overnight Loop
This hike combines the best that the high and low country have to offer. First, you'll travel up the Twentymile Trail past Twentymile Cascades to the Upper Flats streamside camp. Then an arduous climb...
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Hiking Trails
Fontana Village, NC - Hiking - 15.7 miles


#9. Craggy Gardens
A more than mile-high area of crags and bald mountains with a variety of hikes, easy to moderate, with spectacular vistas and a waterfall. General location: Blue Ridge Parkway....
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Hiking Trails
Asheville, NC - Hiking - 6.2 miles


#10. Black Mountain Campground
Black Mountain Campground has been around a long time. Over the years it has been taken care of well. Now it is like an antique, treasured by families that have been returning to Black Mountain throug...
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Hiking Trails
Burnsville, NC - Campgrounds


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North American wonders reach from from the lofty peaks of the Cascade Mountain range to the watery paradise of Florida's Everglades.

The South American natural forces can be witnessed in countless forms--you'll find them cascading over the Devil's Throat of the Iguazu Falls, flooding Llanos grasslands.

The Australian Great Barrier Reef stretches to Papua New Guinea, while New Zealand's Tongariro volcano towers above waves of rugged hills.

The African Congo Basin is a network of swamps and emerald forests as diverse as the four counterpoints it unifies. The European and Middle Eastern natural histories include building castles on its rocky peaks, painting frescoes in its caves, trading through its passes, and perishing at its mercy.

The European and Middle Eastern natural histories include building castles on its rocky peaks, painting frescoes in its caves, trading through its passes, and perishing at its mercy.

The dual Asian power of nature is demonstrated through the elements at play in Asia. Fire-spewing volcanoes raise new lands from their summits.Ocean-worlds house water-kingdoms. Finally earth-bound and sky-stretching mountains--figures of inspiration.

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