Here is a list of all the trails on this site.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Airstrip Trail

Easy
  • The lower end of this trail is brand-new; winds slowly up the dry slope below the airstrip on a moderate grade. The rest of this trail follows the old airstrip itself with a nice view. That part is no recommended, though on a hot, sunny day!
  • 1.01mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Alexander Park M3 Loop Trail

Moderate

Alexander Park Right Loop Trail

Moderate

Appalachian Way Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the end of the road with the same name, this gravel road trail climbs to end at Sourwood Gap, where it intersects East Ridge trail and Old Mitchell Toll Road.
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Avery Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Steep, rocky at northwest (upper) end. Passes through some logged areas. Passes a large waterfall, and through hemlock and rhododendron groves. Southeast end is a standard wet, creekside trail with log bridges. Can be used to make several looops in...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Barn Trail

Easy
  • Travels from the horse barn near Bridal Veil Falls, past the scenic pastures, and uphill past a small creek to join with the Shelter Rock trail near the bottom of the Airstrip trail. Quickest way to get from the airstrip (and Fawn Lake parking area)...
  • 0.45mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Bear Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Follows the creek uphill, starting in a clearing. Travels through mostly white pine and dead hemlocks, then into hardwoods mixed hardwoods near the small stream. Crosses and then ends on FS 5001, making a loop hike possible.
  • 1.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Bear Pen Trail

More Difficult
  • A little overgrown with weeds, this trail travels along old roadbeds from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail. Crosses staire branch. There's lots of stinging nettle, so be sure to wear long pants on this trail (and others in the area).
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Bennett Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Excellent ridgetop views of Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and the Davidson River valley. Mixed hardwoods on wide part of ridge and in gap. Dry pine-oak forests on narrow part of ridge. Cliff-top views on ridge. There are some sheer drop-offs right...
  • 2.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Benn Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Lower CCC Trail to Raven Rock Trail. Closest access is 5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail serves as a boundary between North Carolina gamelands and the park. Benn Knob Peak is a restricted area. Benn Knob is one of the highest...
  • 3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Big Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows one of the larger tributaries of the North Mills River. Many creek crossings on the lower half. Steep climb up the Pisgah Ridge on the upper half. High elevation change.
  • 4.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Big Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Trail is rocky and moderately rough at lower end. Middle part passes over solid granite domes, offering up some nice views of areas within Dupont State Forest and over toward Pisgah. Winds thru dry pine/oak forest near jct. with Cedar Rock trail....
  • 0.84mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Black Mountain Trail

Most Difficult
  • This heavily-used trail features incredible views, hiking along a needle-sharp ridgeline, and lots of rock outcroppings and boulders. The trail itself is notable (unfortunately) for its heavily eroded sections. Either through erosion or work to...
  • 9.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Blackrock Trail

Moderate
  • A mostly ridge-top trail offering wintertime views in all directions. Climbs moderately and has moderate erosion along its length, leading to the Moderately Rough rating. Connects with the Overlook trail just past the summit of Blackrock Mountain to...
  • 1.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Blue Loop Trail

Moderate

Boundary Trail

Easy
  • Easy path, old road bed. Connects Rifle, Guion, and Hickory Mountain trails, forming a small loop.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Boyd Branch Trail

Easy
  • Easy trail with a beautifully engineered creek crossing on the upper end. From Boyd Branch Road, the trail is graveled to the creek crossing, which also has a hard gravel bottom and large flat paving stones on either side. The rest of the trail is...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Bradley Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Creekside, backcountry trail. Numerous water crossings will require wading; not passable in high water. May require pathfinding skills - trail disappears into the creek at times. Passes small dam on Bradley Creek.
  • 5.1mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Briar Bottom Trail

Easy
  • This trail circles around the Briar Bottom Group Campground and runs through a hemlock stand beside the South Toe River.
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead

Bridal Overlook Trail

Moderate

Bridal Veil Trail

Moderate
  • Now the Little River trail. Old roadbed. Sandy sections. Some rocks; not much climbing. Follows river. Ends at DSF boundary. Unsure whether end that leads to Bridal Veil Falls is on private property; it is not posted - however be sure before hiking.
  • 1.22mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Holding Tank for Lost Trails Trailhead

Bridal Veil Falls Road Trail

Bridge Road Trail

Briery Fork Trail

Moderate

Briery Loop Trail

Buck Forest Road Trail

Moderate
  • Gated, wide, maintained gravel road occasionally used by park and private vehicles (by permit) on the western end down to the Grassy Creek bridge. Rest is an unmaintained old roadbed.
  • 3.18mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Buckhorn Creek Road Trail

Moderate

Buckhorn Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • Several creek crossings on lower end. Log bridges. Cove hardwood/dense hemlock forests w/ some huge hemlocks. Intersects short spur to Twin Falls (highly recommended). Intersects Avery Creek trail. Trail has recently undergone extensive...
  • 4.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Buck Ridge Road Trail

Moderate

Buckwheat Knob Trail

Moderate
  • Ridgeline trail. Passes some enormous trees. Steep climbs; rocky sections. Passes through pleasant areas with lush grass growing underneath large hardwood trees.
  • 1.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Buffalo Creek Park Trail

Moderate
  • This trail, which doesn't really have a name per se (other than "the loop trail" or "trail: phase 1") is a newly-constructed, machine-built path. It's rather wide, but it was built to accommodate multiple uses (bikes and hikers). It winds through...
  • 3.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Buffalo Creek Park Trailhead

Burnt Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Southeast end is mostly on an old road bed, high above the Little River at first. Then switches back and climbs up near the nondescript summit of Burnt Mountain, on and off the old road bed. Steeper on northwest end with some rocks & roots.
  • 2.20mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Burnt Tree Peninsula Trail

Easy
  • Some tight and sharp turns with no unavoidable obstacles. Travels through a young forest of mostly pines and oaks; looks recently burned.
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Burrell Cove Trail

Moderate

Butter Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Scenic. Starts in Pickelsimer Fields; a flat, grassy area with crystal clear streams meandering through. Typical streamside trail further along. Trailside waterfall. Stiff climb up to Butter Gap; passes headwaters of the stream.
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Campground Connector Trail

Easy
  • Connects the Bent Creek Campground with Bent Creek Gap Road. A smooth, level old roadbed which follows Bent Creek part of the way. Interpretive signs. Mixed pine-hardwood forest. Nice bridge right before intersection with Bent Creek Gap Road.
  • 0.6mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Camp Summit Road Trail

Moderate

Caney Bottom Trail

Moderate
  • Travels from the Cove Creek trail at Cove Creek Group Campground up Caney Bottom Creek to reconnect with Cove Creek trail near the headwaters. Makes an excellent loop when combined with the Cove Creek trail. Passes several small to medium-sized...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Caney Bottom Extension Trail

Easy
  • Short; bypasses the Cove Creek Group Campground and is really the lower end of the Cove Creek trail.
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cannon Creek Trail

Moderate

Cantrell Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Sparsely maintained. Passes old Cantrell Creek Lodge site. Trail merges with creek at times.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Cascade Trail

Moderate

Cat Gap Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Nice loop starts and ends at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery. Described CCW. Loops around John Rock. Varied trail; forests range from cove hardwoods, to former groves of hemlocks (now dead), white pine plantations, and mixed...
  • 4.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Cedar Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Interesting trail passes over the granitic dome of Cedar Rock Mtn. Although the mountain is small by mountain standards, this trail provides some great views and an interesting environment. There are some rocky sections near the bottom; rest is...
  • 1.43mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Cemetery Loop Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old road past an old cemetery on a little plateau near the Davidson River. Lots of white pines & hemlocks, & mountain laurel groves. Pleasant little loop.
  • 1.2mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Central Loop Trail

Moderate
  • No unavoidable obstacles. All-access trail to other optional trails. Travels through a mostly young forest, with glimpses of the lake at times. No major stream crossings.
  • 3.1mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Chestnut Oak Road Trail

Moderate

Club Gap Trail

Moderate

Conservation Road Trail

Easy
  • This is a wide, graded, maintained gravel road, which is gated but occasionally used by park vehicles, and private vehicles for visiting the waterfalls (by permit). Passes the old airstrip.
  • 2.61mi, Hilly, Paved/Graveled
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Coontree Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Pleasant loop; you can take this one in either direction but my preference is clockwise. Nothing spectacular, just typical creekside, mountainside and ridgetop landscapes, but it is nicely varied. Loop travels up one cove and down another. Joins with...
  • 3.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Corn Mill Shoals Trail

Moderate
  • Old roadbed; no longer maintained. Mostly hardpacked, but some places are rocky, highly eroded, or sandy. Starting from the Corn Mill Shoals parking area, the trail fords the Little River at Corn Mill Shoals. Use extreme caution if you cross here:...
  • 2.43mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

County Line Road Trail

Cove Creek Trail

Moderate
  • From Caney Bottom trail, climbs past Cove Creek Falls on an old road bed, through rich forests far above the stream, to flat areas near the headwaters and then up to Forest Service Road 225B. Unfortunately there is no good connector from the trail to...
  • 2.6mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Covered Bridge Trail

Easy
  • Connects the High Falls trail to the covered bridge on Buck Forest Road. Gravel road surface.
  • 0.22mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Fantastic loop trail. The naming of this one appears to be kind of a flub as it's not anywhere near Daniel Ridge itself; instead, the trail is on a spur of Lanning Ridge. And it also appears the Forest Service may be renaming the lower part of this...
  • 4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Davidson River Trail

Easy
  • Follows old FR 475. The road has been re-routed further uphill now. Level or gentle climbs, gravel surface. Davidson River is in scenic small gorge below this road at this point. Several landslides in September of 2004 sent parts of this trail...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Deep Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the Panthertown Valley trail downhill from Salt Rock, this trail descends to cross Frolictown Creek just above its small, scenic waterfall. Be careful at the crossing - it's slippery and the falls are just downstream. The trail is an old...
  • 1.33mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Deerfield Loop Trail

Easy
  • Short, nice loop. Have a few extra minutes after work and want to burn off some steam? This would be a good choice for a short hike. Steep in places; passes a small wildlife opening. A narrow portion in a nice cove traverses a steep slope and a...
  • 0.8mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Deer Lake Lodge Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the Rice Pinnacle parking area, the trail is paved up to the former Deer Lake Lodge site and crosses a long wooden bridge along the way. Beyond the old lodge, which is now marked by a clearing on the right, the trail turns sharply left...
  • 1.4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Devil's Elbow Trail

Moderate

Dogwood Trail

Easy

Estatoe Trail

Easy
  • This new, easy trail follows the Davidson River up from the Lowe's in Brevard to the Davidson River Campground, connecting to the city of Brevard's greenway system. Easy, nearly level trail with some nice riverside scenery. Passes a large rock cliff...
  • 0.7mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

E. Stone Mountain Road Trail

Explorer Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Travels on mostly old roadbeds; only a couple of steep sections. Crosses Beaten Branch a couple of times on the northeast end; this can be wet. Re-routed section near Cold Creek Knob Road is steeper with several switchbacks. Explorer Loop Alternate...
  • 3mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Farlow Gap Trail

Most Difficult

Farmhouse Trail

Moderate

Fawn Lake Loop Trail

Easy

Fawn Lake Road Trail

Easy

Flat Laurel Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Follows an old railroad grade up from NC 215 to the end of FS 816, the Black Balsam parking area. It's a gentle climb on a wide trail; it's very rocky all the way. It's also a unique trail since it's entire length is above 5000 ft. elevation. Starts...
  • 3.7mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Flat Ridge Trail

Flat Rock Trail

Moderate

Flatwoods Trail

Moderate

Fletcher Creek Trail

Easy
  • Typical streamside trail for the most part, with cove hardwood forests, hemlocks, fern gardens and log bridges. Some muddy sections are out there, but the trail is mostly dry. It passes through some open meadows rimmed with flowering dogwoods near...
  • 2.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Florence Preserve Orange - Little Pisgah Point Trail

Easy
  • This is the orange trail (one of three) that leads from the Blue Trail out to Little Pisgah Point. It's a gently-sloped old road bed, which passes near an opening in the forest that lets in a lot of light and lets lots of poison ivy grow. Right at...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Orange West Trail

Moderate
  • A ridgetop and side-hill trail which mostly parallels Little Pisgah Road, in the preserve's northwest section.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Red Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs steeply from Kelly Hill Road, up to the top of the ridge. Parts of this segment are heavily eroded. Beyond the Orange overlook connector, this levels out - it's an old road bed - and there are some sections with lots of poison ivy to watch out...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve White Trail

Easy
  • Follows an old road bed along most of its length, with a gentle grade compared to other trails in the area. Two creek crossings.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Yellow Trail

Moderate
  • This is one of 3 yellow trails in Florence Nature Preserve, which (taken together and using connectors) traverse the area from southeast to northwest. This is an old road bed - steep and narrow at times as it leaves the Blue Trail - which climbs all...
  • 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Florence Nature Preserve Trailhead

Florence Preserve Yellow North Trail

Moderate

Foster Creek Trail

Easy
  • Pleasant, easy trail travels through the lowlands beside Foster Creek, in a rather detached section of Pisgah National Forest. No intersections with any other trails (except the old logging road). Mostly white pine and cove hardwood forests, with an...
  • 1.59mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Pisgah Ranger District Trailhead

Frank Street Trail

Easy

Galax Trail

Moderate
  • **Note:** This trail was closed permanently in 2010. Use the Triple Falls trail instead. Newer, short trail winds up through several switchbacks from the Hooker Falls parking area up the hill to the picnic area at Triple Falls. Named for large...
  • 0.27mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Granny Burrell Falls Trail

Moderate
  • In addition to providing access to the long, sliding Granny Burrell Falls, and the huge pool downstream of them, this trail travels near some neat portions of Panthertown Creek. A Carlton McNeil classic, it twists and turns through some of the...
  • 0.31mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Grassy Creek Trail

More Difficult

Grassy Creek Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Very short; travels down to the falls. Convoluted trail right before you get to the falls with lots of roots and rocks.
  • 0.28mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Grassy Creek Road Trail

Grassy Loop Trail

Grassy Meadow Trail

Moderate
  • From the eastern end, the trail - which is an old road - ascends slightly, then crosses a tributary of Briery Fork before going through its eponymous meadow, surrounded by a forest filled with white pine. It descends again to the west junction with...
  • 0.83mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Grassy Road Trail

Easy
  • An old road bed that is becoming a trail again. Moderate climb near the junction with Thrift Cove; levels out near the junction with Sycamore Cove. The open forest along the trail is filled with Appalachian Hill Cane in many areas.
  • 1mi, ,
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Great Wall Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail was previously considered two trails by most, but the Forest Service has officially combined them into one. For this reason, it has two distinct characters on the two different sections that now share the same name. Starting on the Deep...
  • 1.63mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Green's Lick Trail

Moderate

Greentown Trail

Most Difficult

Guion Trail

Hardtimes Connector Trail

Easy
  • Connects the Hardtimes parking area with the entry road near the Rice Pinnacle parking area and the Deer Lake Lodge trail.
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Headquarters Trail

More Difficult
  • Starts at the Shinny Creek picnic area, 0.5 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail provides access to Shinny Creek Trail, the Shinny Creek Backcountry Campsite and the Upper Falls Trail. One of the main artery trails which provides access to...
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Hickory Mountain Loop Trail

Moderate
  • This trail was rebuilt in the spring of 2014 by Elevated Trail Design, and from the looks of it, the re-route is quite nice. There is a good photo gallery of the trail & construction on [the trailbuilder's portfolio...
  • 1.06mi, Climbs Moderately,
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Hickory Mountain Road Trail

Easy
  • Old gravel road travels from the meadow near Guion Farm to the bottom of Hickory Mountain, where it connects to Hickory Mountain Loop and Ridgeline. Mostly gravel; travels through pine forest. Passes through another clearing near the upper end with a...
  • 2.76mi, Climbs Gently, Graveled
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

High Falls Trail

Moderate
  • This "trail" has a lot of parts to it. Starting at the High Falls parking area, a brand-new portion of footpath leads to the intersection with the Triple Falls trail. It's nice because it keeps you from having to walk on the boring, open, sunny...
  • 0.73mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

High Point Trail

Moderate
  • Steeper trail with more rocks than others at Jackrabbit Mountain. Nice view from the top.
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Hilltop Loop Trail

Easy

Holly Road Trail

Easy

Holly Springs Trail

More Difficult

Homestead Trail

Easy
  • This trail was recently completely re-graded. Travels along the shore of Lake Powhatan. Passes through the beach area and past the dam, then downstream along Bent Creek. There are a few footbridges and some wet places, but it's otherwise a fairly...
  • 1mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Hooker Creek Trail

Moderate

Hooker Falls Road Trail

Easy
  • Old roadbed follows Little River to Hooker Falls. Mostly flat; drops a bit right at the falls to reach the base.
  • 0.25mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Hooker Ridge Road Trail

Moderate

Horse Cove Gap Trail

Moderate

Ingles Field Connector Trail

Moderate

Ingles Field Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Intersects many other trails. Mostly sidehill, level in places. Logged areas. Climbs from Ledford Branch Road to Ingles Field Gap.
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Isaac Heath Trail

Moderate

Ivestor Gap Trail

Easy
  • Similar to the Flat Laurel Creek trail, this trail follows an old railroad grade. It travels around Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains. It is level or climbs gently in places. It is very rocky and very wet, although there are no sizeable stream...
  • 4.3mi, Level, Few Obstacles
  • Black Balsam Trailhead

Jim Branch Trail

Jim Branch Loop Trail

Joanna Road Trail

Moderate

Lake Dense Trail

Easy

Lake Imaging Road Trail

Moderate
  • Passes Lake Imaging and winds up at Grassy Creek Falls & Buck Forest Road; popular area for horseback riders.
  • 1.53mi, ,
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Lake Julia Road Trail

Easy

Lake View Loop Trail

Easy

Laurel Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Follows the creek closely at lower end. Switches back & is very steep at upper end as it climbs the ridge.
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Gap Trail

Moderate

Laurel Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Long, narrow, backcountry singletrack trail which reaches high elevations. Climbs gradually from Yellow Gap Road (FR 1206) to the Buck Spring Trail; however, there are a few steep sections. Several unmarked trails join from either side, so keep an...
  • 7.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Mountain Connector Trail

Easy
  • Short; moderately steep. Mostly mixed, high elevation hardwood forest. Rocky in places.
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Laurel Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • Nice trail has been re-routed along much of its length. Travels sidehill below the summit of a steep ridge. Mixed hardwood forest.
  • 0.85mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Laurel River Trail

Moderate
  • This trail follows Big Laurel Creek through a scenic gorge to its junction with the French Broad river at the old logging ghost town of Runion. This trail is especially nice in early spring when there are many wildflowers blooming along the path and...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Ledford Trail

Easy
  • Connects Wolf Branch trail to Rice Pinnacle Road (FS 479E), crossing Wolf Branch at a muddy area with huge ferns along the way. Climbs moderately toward the road through a young forest. Watch for blazes.
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Left Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • Longest trail at Tsali. Starts with many sections along the Lakeshore with dips into coves to cross small streams; towards the overlook, climbs further into the interior ridges with no major climbs. Connects with Overlook Loop and uses County Line...
  • 11.9mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Little Andy Trail

Most Difficult
  • The trail climbs and follows a ridge above Little Andy Creek. The trail emerges on Laurel Gap Trail about 100 feet from Upper Corner Rock Trail on the left. You will pass a seemingly misplaced large granite boulder on the left. Can be made into a...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Little Hickory Top Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at Boyd Branch Road, the trail climbs through several switchbacks through logged areas. The surface is a logging road which used to be a singletrack trail historically called Sidehill, but was revived into a road around 2005 (and is now...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Little River Trail

Moderate
  • Follows an old roadbed. Mostly smooth with some sand and rocks, and one creek crossing (Tom Creek) with a log bridge. Not much in the way of elevation change. Follows the river in places. Ends at the State Forest boundary above Bridal Veil Falls. The...
  • 1.17mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Locust Trail

Moderate

Long Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Interesting trail travels through some flat streamside areas near upper end & also up and over low ridges. Some muddy sections near upper end have been reinforced with puncheon and/or rock & gravel causeways. Travels through some dense stands of...
  • 2.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Longside Trail

Moderate

Lower CCC Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Benn Knob Trail to Horseridge Trail. Closest access is 4.3 miles from the Jacob Fork parking area. The Lower CCC Trail was named for the Camp Dyer Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The trail follows a ridgeline that separates the Henry Fork...
  • 2.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Lower Sidehill Trail

Moderate
  • A steep climb near the south end gives way to a sidehill traverse, mostly on old road beds, before descending to lower elevations and smaller hills near the north end. This is one of the more remote-feeling sections of trail in Bent Creek. Passes...
  • 3.1mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Lower Sidehill Connector Trail

Moderate
  • From Laurel Branch Road and Lower Sidehill trail, this is downhill to Bent Creek Gap Road. A short trail with a nice hemlock grove.
  • 0.4mi, , Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Mac's Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Provides the quickest access to Greenland Creek Falls from the Cold Mountain trailhead on an old road bed. Then, ascends into the heart of the valley and descends again between Big and Little Green Mountains. Can be used to make a ton of loop options...
  • 3.13mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Micajah Trail

Moderate

Middle Fork Trail

Easy
  • The trail follows an old railroad grade; you may notice some of the old ties still in the ground. It follows or crosses the Middle Fork of the North Mills River for its entire length. You will pass some wildlife fields, which are maintained by the...
  • 1mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Mill Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail offers views of Big Laurel Creek Gorge and the Rich Mountain area. The fields have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • 5.4mi, ,
  • Hot Springs Trailhead

Mine Mountain Trail

More Difficult

Moore Cemetery Road Trail

Easy

Mouse Branch Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Trail passes through some clearcuts, through some intact sections of forest. Shortest Tsali trail. Connects with new, 2.5 mile Mouse Branch Overlook Loop with excellent views of Fontana Lake. Like all the trails at Tsali, no steep climbs and no major...
  • 6.5mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Mouse Branch Overlook Loop Trail

Moderate
  • One-way trail (counter-clockwise), but this mainly applies to mountain bikers and horses. Good view from the overlook. Several neat islands lie below you in the lake.
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Mullinax Trail

Moderate
  • From the S. Mills River trail, climbs on an eroded old roadbed through nondescript forest to a nice campsite in a gap, just after crossing a small stream. The trail makes a hard right to the north on another road bed, which heads uphill into the...
  • 1.2mi, ,
  • Mills River Trailhead

Nooks Trail

Easy
  • A little-used trail which dead-ends in the Nooks, a spit of land formed by the Little River's meanderings.
  • 0.42mi, Some Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

North Boundary Road Trail

Moderate
  • Wide gravel road near bottom, wide trail near top. Old guardrails. Open areas with lots of poison ivy and thorns.
  • 3.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

North Mills River Trail

Easy
  • Scenic and mostly level, but many river crossings where the trail is difficult to follow. River crossings may be impassible in high water.
  • 1.6mi, Some Hills, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

North Road Trail

Moderate

North Slope Trail

Moderate
  • Loop starts and ends in the Davidson River campground. Described CCW. Follows Davidson River, then steepens & follows smaller stream up through cove. Hemlock groves near lower end. Levels at top; becomes sidehill; dips into coves & out around ridges....
  • 3.7mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Oak Tree Trail

Easy

Overlook Loop Trail

Moderate
  • 2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Trailhead

Panthertown Valley Trail

Moderate
  • This is the main trail through the valley which stretches from the Cold Mountain entrance to the Salt Rock entrance. Portions of this trail are open to horses and/or bikes. It passes near many of the main attractions within the valley, so many loop...
  • 3.3mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Perkins Trail

Most Difficult

Pilot Cove Loop Trail

Moderate
  • In what could be one of the most bizarre naming situations in all of Pisgah, this trail is neither in a cove nor a loop. Rather, the best reasoning I can come up with for its name is that this ridge-top *enables* you to hike a loop above Pilot Cove,...
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pilot Cove - Slate Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Starting at the his trail begins by following Slate Rock Creek. This is an easy to moderate grade with several stream crossings. Slate Rock Creek is typical of mountain streams, with small cascades and an abundance of mosses and ferns. In the summer,...
  • 4.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pilot Rock Trail

Moderate
  • Climbs somewhat steeply from Yellow Gap Road (FR 1206) up to the Buck Spring/Mountains to Sea trail near Mount Pisgah on the Parkway. Initially crosses a creek, then climbs through a cove forest gradually getting farther from it. Passes through many...
  • 3.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Pine Tree Trail

Moderate

Pine Tree Loop Trail

Easy

Pink Beds Loop Trail

Moderate
  • An excellent loop which travels around the bottom of a unique valley. This is the "Cradle of Forestry in America", where modern forestry techniques were first developed, taught & practiced. Trail is mostly level with a few small hills on north...
  • 5mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Pitch Pine Trail

Moderate
  • A scenic trail with gentle grades. West of Joanna Road, the trail goes through second-growth forest with only a few bigger trees (mostly white pines). There are some nice areas of galax, and a couple of neat, mossy rocks beside the trail. East of...
  • 0.39mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Plantation Trail

Easy

Poplar Trail

Moderate

Poplar Hill Loop Trail

Easy

Powerline Road Trail

Moderate

Rainbow Road Trail

Easy
  • The trail follows an old roadbed for most of its length. The trail ends at the gap where Old Trestle Road and Old Mitchell Toll Road split near the Lookout trail.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Montreat Trailhead

Rattlesnake Knob Trail

Moderate

Raven Rock Trail

More Difficult
  • Closest access is 0.2 miles from the Cicero parking area. Raven Rock Trail crosses the park road and Jacob Fork River then ascends steeply to a paved road shared by the park and Pine Mountain Golf Resort. There is a winter view of High Shoals Falls....
  • 5.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Reasonover Creek Trail

More Difficult

Red Trails Trail

More Difficult

Ridgeline Trail

More Difficult

Riding Ford Trail

Moderate
  • Formerly called the Green Creek trail. Passes near Riding Ford, Jawbone, and Warden's falls. Can be used with Powerline Road, Devil's Elbow, and Panthertown Valley trails for a great loop.
  • 0.95mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Panthertown Valley Trailhead

Rifle Trail

Moderate

Right Loop Trail

More Difficult
  • Some lakeshore trail; mostly travels through the interior hills with a few steeper spots. Nothing terribly difficult. Some creek crossings and muddy areas. Out-and back connector to "overlook" isn't really worthwhile except for mountain bikers. Loop...
  • 11mi, Hilly, Few Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Right Loop Connector 1 Trail

Easy

Right Loop Connector 2 Trail

Easy

Right Loop Overlook Trail

Moderate

River Bend Trail

Easy
  • Provides access to the base of High Falls. An old road bed leading along the river fades into a narrower path before ending at the pool below the falls. Rocky in spots near the base of the falls.
  • 0.27mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Riverside Trail

Moderate
  • As its name implies, this trail follows the river (South Mills) and Bradley Creek, both of which you cross several times. Scenic. Expect to get wet up to your knees on this one. Impassible in high water.
  • 4mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Rock Quarry Road Trail

Easy

Rocky Ridge Trail

More Difficult

SABA Beach Trail

Easy

SABA Beach Spur Trail

Sandy Trail

Easy

Scarlet Oak Trail

Easy

Sheep Mountain Trail

Moderate

Shelter Rock Trail

Easy

Shoal Creek Trail

Moderate

Shoals Trail

More Difficult

Shope Creek Forest Road Trail

Moderate

Shortcut Trail

Moderate

Sidehill Trail

Moderate
  • Most of this trail was turned into a road during 2005. From Ledford Gap to Boyd Branch Road, it is a gravel road and will be permanently maintained that way. Not a trail. From Boyd Branch Road to Ingles Field Gap, it is currently an unimproved road...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Small Creek Trail

Easy
  • Follows a small creek through young, mixed forests with plenty of the usual rhododendron and mountain laurel. Has recently been re-graded with some new bridges installed. Pleasant walk.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Sneaking Creek Trail

Moderate
  • Mostly open "lollipop" loop with a few short climbs and descents, and a covered bridge. Longest trail in the Jackrabbit system. At the "tip" of the loop, you're only about 1/10 mile north of the GA state line.
  • 3.2mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

South Mills River Trail

  • This is a stream side trail along an old road bed for much of its length; pulls away from the river along one section around High Falls. Crosses the river using bridges (concrete and suspension bridges) and fords it many times as well. There are some...
  • 12mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Spencer Branch Trail

Moderate
  • The upper end of this trail, above FS 5097 (Neverending Road), was recently rerouted onto a much more reasonable grade with a few switchbacks, to replace the old, extremely steep and rocky drop down from Trace Ridge. It's now an easy climb or...
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Spencer Gap Trail

Moderate
  • Old roadbed. I've seen deer on this trail nearly every time I've traveled it.
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Squirrel Gap Trail

Moderate
  • This is a long, backcountry trail. It's purpose-built trail that doesn't follow any logging roads - a rarity in Pisgah. From where this trail leaves the Bradley Creek Trail, it follows an easy grade to the old Mullinax homeplace where there is a...
  • 7.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Staire Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Steep climb or descent mostly on eroded old roadbeds. Follows creek near the bottom; ascends to ridge near the top where it flattens out and passes through a clearing before ending on FS 74. Passes through a nice mature hardwood forest with a...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Starens Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Short, narrow connector from Black Mountain trail to Thrift Cove/Grassy Road trails. A few steps, but mostly a narrow, leaf-covered trail that climbs gently. From Thrift Cove down to Sycamore Cove, the trail is open to bikes, a bit steeper, and...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Summey Cove Trail

Moderate
  • Extremely poorly designed at NC 215 (east) end. Extremely steep. Rest of trail generally follows old roadbeds; very wet & muddy in places. Frequently used to access Courthouse Falls trail on west end, this section of trail is nice and travels...
  • 2mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Pisgah Ranger District Trailhead

Switchback Trail

Moderate

Sycamore Cove Trail

Moderate
  • Travels up & down through coves near small streams; cove hardwood forests. In between, travels sidehill near the top of the ridge w/ a mixed hardwood forest.
  • 3.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Davidson River Trailhead

Table Rock Trail

Easy
  • A nice stroll through the woods, but don't expect a view like the name might suggest. There's not really any rock visible on the small mountain known as Table Rock, and it is tree-covered.
  • 0.88mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Tarkiln Branch Road Trail

Moderate

Thomas Cemetery Road Trail

Moderate

Thompson Loop Trail

Moderate
  • Trail follows old logging roads much of the way. One neat hemlock/rhododendron forest section. Some stream crossings. Some lakeshore trail.
  • 7.7mi, Hilly, Few Obstacles
  • Tsali Recreation Area Trailhead

Three Lakes Trail

Moderate
  • From Lake Dense, the trail follows an old road bed past the picnic shelter, across the dam, and over to Lake Alford. It has moderate grades, and goes through a pine/hemlock forest where many of the hemlocks are dying. There is a great view of Joanna...
  • mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Thrift Cove Trail

Easy

Trace Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • The upper portion above the Trace Ridge trailhead follows an old roadbed up the ridge all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rocky; steep. Very eroded in places. Dry pine-oak forests can be found along the nondescript ridge. Downhill from the...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Mills River Trailhead

Triple Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Travels from the Hooker Falls parking area up to Triple Falls. Near the parking area the trail is level with a few rocks and wet places; near the falls it climbs very steeply but the surface is mostly smooth.
  • 1.03mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Turkey Knob Road Trail

Moderate
  • This old road is reverting back to a singletrack trail. The new extension from Pinnacle Mountain Road down to Briery Fork trail (a true trail, built early 2013) opens up many more loop hiking options in the south portion of DuPont SF, including a...
  • 3.1mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Turkey Pen Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • Long ridgeline trail which undulates up and down over the various knobs on its summit. Very steep in places; has some issues with erosion as well. It winds onto the edge of private land in places; stay on the trail. Travels through a typical...
  • 5.5mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Mills River Trailhead

Twin Oaks Trail

Moderate

Twixt Trail

Moderate

Upper Corner Rock Trail

Moderate

Upper Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Connects Raven Rock Trail to Lower CCC Trail. Closest access is 1.1 mi from the Jacob Fork parking area. The trail divides the park north and south. It crosses the Jacob Fork River above High Shoals Falls. Be prepared for a stream crossing. The trail...
  • 3.8mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • South Mountains State Park Trailhead

Upper Ridge Trail

Moderate
  • Small obstacles such as rock crossings and tighter turns. Comes close to the ridgetop where deer like to forage. You'll hear other hikers and riders on the Central Loop, which is not far down the slope from you at most times.
  • 1.5mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trailhead

Vineyard Gap Trail

Moderate

Walker Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends steeply on the ridge above the creek to FS 74. Travels through scenic mixed hardwood forests. The upper section is extremely rocky, and the rocks are slick when wet.
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Wash Creek Trail

Easy

White Pine Trail

Easy

White Pine Loop Trail

Easy

Wilkie Trail

Moderate

Wilson Ridge Trail

Most Difficult
  • Unmaintained series of old logging roads and newer gravel and dirt roads, with some singletrack sections thrown in for good measure.
  • 14.7mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Wilson Creek Area Trailhead

Wintergreen Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • Easy walk on old road from Tarklin Br. Rd. to Sandy Tr. Narrows a bit, then narrows a lot and gets rougher - with some climbs up over some rocks - right before reaching the base of the falls.
  • 0.52mi, Climbs Gently, Moderately Rough
  • Dupont State Forest Trailhead

Wolf Branch Trail

Moderate
  • Travels through the relatively flat stream bottom at the base of the mountains. Near the western end of this trail, you can see the hills rising out of the valley, and you'll start climb them before you reach Ledford Branch Road. Lots of ground pine,...
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles
  • Bent Creek Trailhead

Woodruff Ridge Trail

Yellow Gap Trail

Moderate

Yellow Loop Trail

Moderate

Yotee's Run Trail

Moderate

Young's Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Formerly known as Kitsuma or Kitsuma Peak. Starting at its upper end, the trail ascends gently beside I-40 before climbing more steeply through a set of 12 switchbacks approaching the peak, gaining 500ft elevation from the parking area. There are...
  • 4.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles
  • Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead