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10 Amazing North Carolina Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

Summertime is officially on the horizon and what pairs better with summer than a beautiful hike in gorgeous North Carolina scenery? While some hikes can be somewhat intense, and even spanning a day or two, if you’re looking to hop in the car for some ‘semi’ instant gratification and adventure, these easy but amazing hikes are a must-add to your summer bucket list!

How beautiful are those hikes? Perfect for a quick adventure or accompaniment to a weekend long outing. Which ones have you done before? Any you’d add to the list?

Speaking of short but amazing hikes, this 0.50 mile trail leads you to a beautiful mountain-fed swimming hole.

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com