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Asheville NC Hiking Trails

Here is a list of some good hiking trails around Asheville and in the NC mountains.


picture taken from Craggy Gardens Hiking trail view from Chimney Rock of Lake Lure
hiking Mt. Mitchell Wild flowers on a mountain trail off the Parkway

List of Asheville NC Hiking Trails and WNC

  • Appalachian Trail
    • The Appalachian Trail which goes from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The trail enters North Carolina near Fontana Dam which is close to Robbinsville. It then follows the TN border. The highest peak on the Appalachian trail in NC is Clingman's Dome. People hike the Appalachian trail to see the spectacular views and the wildlife. It takes about 6 months to hike the entire trail from one end to the next. If you plan to hike the entire trail, it is important that you time your trek carefully. Weather can be a key factor in whether or not you can finish the trail. Historical Note: The trail was part of the Underground Railroad during and prior to the American Civil War..
  • Chimney Rock Park
    • From the Rock is a Breathtaking view of Western North Carolina. There are streams and waterfalls and a trail.
    • Blue Ridge Parkway
      • At most any overlook or pull out, there is a trail. Be careful not to leave the trail cause of obvious dangers.
      • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year
    • Craggy Gardens
      • Breathtakingly Beautiful, trail is literally breathtaking (straight up)
      • Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Wildlife, Best to Visit when Rhododendrons are in bloom, first of June
  • Looking Glass Falls
    • In winter, when the falls freeze they resemble a looking glass, trails, Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ice water = Trout stream
  • Linville Gorge, Caverns, and Wilderness Area
    • 26 miles of Wilderness, (Have to have a permit for camping and hiking) Wilderness Camping; The Old Fashion Way - Hike in with a backpack; great Exercise! No Vehicles Allowed, Native Trout Fishing (Not Stock Fish)
    • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year
  • Linville Falls
    • dramatic falls that drop into a deep gorge, rosebay, Catawba, and Carolina rhododendron grow side by side.
  • Mt Mitchell
    • Highest mountain peak in the east, Climb to the top of the tower to get a better view (not for those afraid of heights), trails that will take your breath away! picnic tables, BBQ grills, museum (small, but worth looking at).
    • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year
  • Smokey Mountain National Park
    • near Sylva, Cherokee, Bryson City NC - 800 square miles of park land - wildlife sanctuary, a great diversity of plant and animal life - 95% of the land is forest
    • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year
  • Grandfather Mountain
    • Near Boone, Highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains; mile high swinging bridge; abundant wildlife, nature museum, beautiful views, and 13 miles of the best trails in the South. There is a restaurant or you can picnic at one of the many roadside tables within the park.
    • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year
  • Mt Pisgah
    • Second highest peak in the east, trails, views, camping, horse back riding available.
    • Beautiful views especially in the Fall of year