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Tripleblaze.com Announces the Top 10 Hiking Trails in North Carolina
North Carolina, a hiker’s mecca, offers beautiful trails and scenic outlooks for all ages to enjoy.
This list shows a clear favoritism toward the western half of the state, with 9 out of 10 trails located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Raleigh area did receive a shout-out with Duke Forest coming in at number 8 on the list—the wide gravel paths and family friendly terrain in the forest make this a popular destination.
The surrounding Ashville area boasted the most trails, with two—Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest-- just south of town near Brevard. Most of these trails offer beautiful outlooks and cascading waterfalls to enjoy. Chimney Rock State Park claims overlooks like Devils Head, Opera Box, and Exclamation Point, which is the highest peak in the park. Dry Falls is a short hike to a gorgeous waterfall, and the path allows hikers to enjoy the view from behind the waterfall. And if you're looking for serious adventure, Daniel Boone Scout Trail actually has ropes and ladders that are necessary to summit and take in the views.
According to Tripleblaze Founder, Jeff Barber, the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is an "incredible trail with fun obstacles along the way (like ladders and ropes!). The view from the top is incredible and the hike up is scenic as you navigate between climate zones. Highly recommended."
A majority of these trails are located within state or national parks, with only one trail located on private property.
Pisgah National Forest: Brevard – Brevard, NC
Appalachian Trail: NC – Franklin, NC
Chimney Rock State Park – Chimney Rock, NC
Daniel Boone Scout Trail – Blowing Rock, NC
Great Smokey Mountains National Park: NC – Cherokee, NC
Dupont State Forest – Brevard, NC
Dry Falls – Highlands, NC
Duke Forest – Durham, NC
Table Rock – Linville, NC
Linville Falls Trail – Crossnore, NC
Tripleblaze.com features a directory of thousands of hiking trails in all 50 US states including detailed descriptions and maps of The Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest Trails. In addition to writing reviews, hikers can share photos and videos of the places they've hiked via Tripleblaze.com and the free Tripleblaze iPhone and Android apps.