It starts at the beaches of the Neuse and takes you to the Newport River. Smokemont Baptist Church, also known as Luftee Baptist Church, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the scene of a slaying in March. This 2.7-mile up-and-back hike leads to awesome views of Blowing Rock, well before reaching a 40-foot steel tower that you absolutely must climb. The Linville Gorge Trail takes you to the opposite side of the falls. The Art Loeb Trail is one of the best-known and most iconic long-distance trails in North Carolina. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail is blazed, or marked, with a white circle. Oct. 19: Fall color descends from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Lost Cove Cliffs. 10-15-99 - The view from Clingmans Dome along ``the spine of the Smokies'' is obscured by haze. This place has that available, so don’t forget your poles! (LEFT TO RIGHT): GEORGE M. STEPHENS, THOMAS W. ALEXANDER, PAUL LOVIN, CONLEY HENRY, TILMAN LOVIN, BILL ROLAND, NEVILLE "TED" SLOAN, W.K. We’ve covered hiking Linville Falls in more detail and also included it in our guide to a weekend in Morganton and Burke County. The gorgeous Linville Falls is one of our favorite places to go for hiking in North Carolina. On the eastern edge of the Piedmont and near Lillington, Raven Rock State Park is popular for hikers seeking a look at the famed Cape Fear River. From the Park Office, you can hike the Mountain Trail (4.3 miles, Red Dots) and connect to Grindstone Trail (3 miles, Blue Dots) for a roughly 6 mile loop. Views are pretty nice from the huge paved area that serves as the peak. Hop on the trail heading North and quite literally hike as far as you'd like - the end of the trail … One of the things you should not be without on your hike is a good map. I picked this up because my Nat Geo map detail some of the trails I knew about. Many folks in search of the best waterfalls near Asheville are able to find tons of them in Transylvania County, which is home to Brevard. Unable to add item to List. For more information, call 828-584-7728or visit ncparks.gov. Start at the parking lot of Julian Price Memorial Park, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (MM 296.4). Angeli Wright, ANGELI WRIGHT/ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES. MOUNTED PARK RANGERS WERE TRIED OUT IN THE 1960s IN THE HAYWOOD COUNTY SECTION OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. Pick a rafting adventure from NOC's seven exciting rivers, Soar above the trees on NOC's thrilling zipline canopy tours. Sure, most people come here for the sand, surf, and doughnuts and we do, too, but not always. Bonus: Hike the Appalachian Trail from NOC. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Peak color for the area is projected in the next week. Erwin's view is the easier of the two, and stops at three main overlooks: Upper Falls, Chimney View, and the eponymous Erwin's View. A trail surface that can be somewhat rough in places, but short of dangerous climbing or rock scrambling. Trail Maps and Information We have many maps and trail guides for hiking in Western North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for hiking the Appalachian Trail. To reach it, you need to climb 160 stairs and half a mile on the Pigeon Creek Trail. It’s one of our favorites and also close to popular spots like Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock. 43 Fun Outer Banks Facts That You Should Know (History, Geography, Achievements, and More! You won’t find all the best hiking trails in North Carolina’s mountains. Some trails may be wheelchair and stroller accessible. There are 15 miles of hiking that you can enjoy there, with the Fall Mountain Trail (4 miles, Orange Triangle) and the Mountain Loop Trail (0.8 miles, Red Square) among the most popular. Asheville named top 10 place to retire in U.S. Student shoots classmate in leg at Hendersonville Middle, Ex-Asheville female firefighter files federal harassment suit, City noise ordinance: Dec. 4 public comment deadline, NC strengthens mask mandate as COVID cases continue to surge. HIS PICTURES WERE AMONG THE FIRST TO BRING NATIONAL ATTENTION TO THE BEAUTIES OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS. Hiking trails in WNC are seeing unprecedented crowds. Head west/right. Stay with us and save big on outdoor adventures. ", Great Smoky Mountains National Park/Cemeteries of the Smokies. Save up to 20% on rafting/ziplining package for the Fall! A section of the Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after trail rehabilitation to repair damage and improve erosion control. A female elk grazes in the fields of Cataloochee Cove after a brief shower fills the valley with rising fog. There’s also Douglas Falls Trail (4 miles, Orange) will lead you to a 70-foot tall waterfall. Gentle climbs and descents with a relatively smooth surface, sometimes on pavement or other trail structures. It sits at an elevation of about 1,200 feet, 1,000 feet lower than Asheville, and so the leaf color peaks later at the lake than in the higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s also part of the Carolina Thread Trail that connects 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Sweetgum Swamp Tail (3.4 miles round trip) is the most popular path, though many folks also like the Discovery Trail to Roanoke Trail Loop. Ramp collecting generally takes place in the spring. But keep moving forward - breathtaking views are waiting! Unable to add item to List. I recently hiked in Medoc Mountain and it was a nice trail. Here’s a nationwide fall color map to give you an idea if you’re traveling to North Carolina during this time of year. Another reason is the animals and tree species that you’ll see, which are typically found in the mountains. Why you'll love it: Aside from incredible views of Maggie Valley, hikers can find remnants of an abandoned plane crash from the 1980's at the trailhead. To reach the 70-foot waterfall, there’s a 2.5-mile loop trail that’ll take you through hardwoods and rhododendron. And on nice days, you’ll see folks flying kites and hang-gliding in the distance. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. This trail will take you by three waterfalls (Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Juney Whank Falls) along either a 2.4-mile route of a 5-mile version.