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Group of people hiking through a field in the mountains with a view of a valley in front of them, image used for Manisha Dorawala blog about hiking trails in North Carolina

North Carolina is a beautiful state. Even though I don’t live there anymore, it’s still a place I’m incredibly fond of. One of the things I miss most about the area is the beautiful hiking trails that were all over the state. No matter what kind of hiker you are, you can certainly find something in North Carolina that suits you. Maybe you’ve never hiked before? That doesn’t matter because North Carolina is still full of places the less experienced hiker can visit. If you’re extremely experienced, you might want to consider hiking the Appalachian Trail through the entire state. Be warned, it’s quite challenging. Here are some of the top hiking places in North Carolina, with varying difficulty levels.

Craggy Pinnacle Overlook

The Blue Ridge Parkway is incredibly popular for hikers of all levels. This overlook is about a mile hike that leads you to stunning views of the valleys stretched out below. During the summer, flowers are in bloom that add even more beauty to the short hike.

Pink Beds Loop in Pisgah National Forest

This trail is a great, relaxed hike for someone who wants a more laid back walk through the woods. It’s a little over 5 miles long, but relatively flat. You’ll see breathtaking meadows, forest, creeks, and other natural beauties.

Summit Calloway Peak in Grandfather Mountain State Park

One of the more difficult hikes, it’s almost 7 miles long and you’re hiking up in order to reach the peak. If you’re in good shape and are an experienced hiker, it won’t be too intense of a hike. Be prepared to take a day to scale the peak and make sure you bring plenty of water! The views are certainly worth the trip up; you’ll get the best view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail

This trail runs around 1,200 miles across the state of North Carolina. If you hike the entire thing (which will certainly take a long time) you’ll be treated to an incredible view of the ocean. However, there are plenty of points of access to the trail so you can choose where to start and end and how long you want your hike to be. No matter what part of the trail you hike, you’re sure to see the plentiful beauties of North Carolina.

Crabtree Falls

A couple trails can lead you to Crabtree Falls, though both paths are around 3 miles long. One is more strenuous than the other and lets you view the falls from the top, so it’s up to you what hike best fits your ability and mood. The Falls drop about 70 feet and are surrounded by wildflowers during the warmer months of the year; the perfect time to plan your hike.

Dupont Waterfalls in Dupont State Park

If you like waterfalls, head to Dupont State Park. Home to six lovely waterfalls, the Dupont Waterfalls Trail lets you see at least five of them if you opt for walking the entire six miles. The hiking isn’t too strenuous and makes for a fantastic day trip on a nice day.