North Carolina Hiking Trails
Day Hikes in Southwestern North Carolina


Picture of view from the top of Pilot Mountain, 5/2/92

North Carolina hiking books:
Hiking North Carolina, 2nd: A Guide to Nearly 500 of North Carolina's Greatest Hiking Trails
50 Hikes in the Mountains of North Carolina


Day Hike Total
Miles
Type Difficulty Scenery Feet Climbed
is More Than
Appalachian Trail 9.8 Backtrack 4 3 2,375
Art Loeb Trail 1 8.0 Backtrack 4 3 3,125
Art Loeb Trail 2 5.0 Backtrack 4 2 1,100
Art Loeb Trail &
North Slope Loop Trail
7.9 Loop 3 2 1,300
Art Loeb Trail,
Butter Gap Trail,
Long Branch Trail
9.9 Loop 4 2 1,500
Avery Creek Trail &
Buckwheat Knob Trail
7.5 Loop 3 2 1,500
Bennett Gap Trail &
Coontree Loop Trail
5.7 Loop 4 3 1,400
Black Mountain Trail 8.8 Backtrack 4 3 2,810
Cat Gap Trail,
Butter Gap Trail,
Art Loeb Trail,
Cedar Rock Trail
8.0 Loop 4 3 1,700
Cat Gap Trail,
Butter Gap Trail,
Art Loeb Trail,
Cedar Rock Trail,
Horse Cove Trail
9.5 Loop 4 3 1,700
Cat Gap Trail,
John Rock Trail,
Horse Cove Trail
7.4 Loop 4 4 1,900
Club Gap Trail,
Avery Creek Trail,
Buckhorn Gap Trail,
Twin Falls Loop Trail,
Black Mountain Trail
9.0 Loop 4 3 1,840
Farlow Gap Trail 10.6 Backtrack 4 2 2,400
Flat Laurel Creek Trail,
Little Sam Knob Trail,
Mountains-to-Sea Trail,
Devil's Courthouse Trail
5.6 Backtrack 3 4 550
Foothills Trail 1 10.0 Backtrack 4 4 1,640
Foothills Trail 2 8.0 Backtrack 3 3 525
Foothills Trail 3 9.4 One-way 4 3 1,050
Foothills Trail 4 9.5 One-way 3 3 1,250
Graveyard Ridge Trail 7.0 Backtrack 3 3 825
Horse Cove Trail,
John Rock Trail,
Saddle Trail,
Cat Gap Trail
6.2 Loop 4 3  
Horsepasture River Trail 4.6 Backtrack 4 4 850
Laurel Mountain Trail 8.8 Backtrack 3 2 1,000
Looking Glass Rock Trail 6.8 Backtrack 4 4 1,675
Mountains-to-Sea Connector
& Buck Springs Trail
8.6 Backtrack 3 2 1,100
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 1 8.4 Backtrack 3 2 1,150
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 2 9.6 Backtrack 3 2 1,000
Pilot Rock Trail 7.8 Backtrack 4 3 2,450
Sam Knob Trail,
Flat Laurel Creek Trail,
Little Sam Knob Trail,
Mountains-to-Sea Trail
7.6 Loop 3 3 735
Sam Knob Trail 6.8 Backtrack 3 4 1,170
Shining Creek Trail 5.8 Backtrack 3 3 1,250
Shining Creek Trail,
Old Butt Knob Trail
9.6 Backtrack 4 3 2,550
West Fork Trail,
Bartram Trail,
Scaly Mountain Trail
7.2 Backtrack 4 3 1,950
Whitewater Falls Trail,
Foothills Trail,
Bad Creek Project Trail,
Coon Branch Natural Area Trail
8.0 Backtrack 3 4 875
Yellow Mountain Trail 9.6 Backtrack 4 3 2,900
Day Hike Total
Miles
Type Difficulty Scenery Feet Climbed
is More Than


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