Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge

Hiking Blue Ridge MountainsThere is no shortage of hiking options in the Blue Ridge Mountains.   In Western NC, there are over 3,000 miles of trails and in Virginia Blue Ridge, there are more than 1,500.  That’s a lot of hiking folks.  The big question: Where do you begin?

Below you’ll find our favorite hikes and one’s we’ve personally been on.  All of these hikes are safe, well marked, easy to get to, and can be done as day hikes.  None of them require any special equipment.

You can also browse the trails by difficulty: Easy, Moderate, and Strenuous

Or browse the trails by location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway

Make sure you check out our Top NC Waterfalls as well, many of these waterfalls have some great hiking trails.

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail is a fantastic and classic hike.  Mount LeConte, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the third highest peak in the National Park at 6,593.   The mountain is the most visible mountain from ...
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Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

Gabes Mountain Trail is an easy to moderate hike that begins at the Cosby Campground in Tennessee and takes you down to the 90 foot tall Hen Wallow Falls. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off I-40 Roundtrip ...
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Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail

Craggy Gardens is a unique place, located along The Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 364.4.  The Craggy Gardens area has multiple trails, a visitor center, and a short tunnel.   The most popular, and beautiful trail is the Craggy Gardens Pinnacle ...
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Big Creek Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Big Creek Trail, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one our personal favorite trails.  Within a 5.5 mile roundtrip hike, you get to hike through a heavily wooded forest, alongside one of the largest and fastest flowing creeks in the park, ...
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Flat Creek Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flat Creek Trail is an amazingly beautiful 5.2 mile round trip hike located just off The Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The trail follows alongside two different creeks, and is full of lush moss, grass and trees ...
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Road to Nowhere Bryson City NC

Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Bryson City, NC is a road, that literally goes to nowhere.  No, we're not kidding, you follow the road for about 8 miles from Bryson City into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ...
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Rainbow Falls Trail – Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls Trail located in Gorges State Park, NC is a rally nice deep woods hike, that begins in Gorges State Park and ends in Pisgah National Forest at either Rainbow Falls or Turtleback Falls.   The hike is rated strenuous, not due to the ...
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Max Patch Hiking – Hot Springs, NC

Located about 40 minutes from Hot Springs, NC is Max Patch Mountain, located in Pisgah National Forest.  Max Patch Mountain is a 4,600 foot "bald" that provides 360 degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Location:Max ...
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Black Balsam Knob Hiking

A really awesome and beautiful hike, that should definitely be on everyones "must do" list is Black Balsam Knob.  The Black Balsam area, located in Pisgah National Forest, and off the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers some of the most spectacular scenic ...
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Dupont State Forest – Waterfalls Trail

Dupont State Forest is a 10 thousand acre State Forest just outside of Brevard, NC.   One of the key attractions for Dupont Forest is it's six different waterfalls, 3 of which are close closer together.  Dupont State Forest and it's waterfalls are so ...
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