North Carolina September 14, 2016
10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In North Carolina
With temperatures cooling down and fall just around the corner, you have no excuse not to get out and active in the gorgeous state of North Carolina. Luckily, from the mountains to the coast, there are plenty of amazing, easy hiking trails to complete your fall. Like these 10.
1. Jomeokee Trail, Pilot Mountain
Pilot Mountain is a great place to get away in the Piedmont, and the 0.9 mile Jomeokee Trail is perfect for a little fitness and some incredible views! The trail leads you to and around the big pinnacle.
2. Hickory Nut Falls
Starting at cliffs along Hickory Nut Gorge, this moderate 1.5 mile hike leads to the breathtaking Hickory Nut Falls. It's also safe and fun for the whole family.
3. Erwin's View, Linville Falls
As one of the most popular waterfalls in North Carolina, there's plenty of trails to choose from. One of the best is Erwin's View, just a 1.9 mile hike that leads you to the most photographed view of the fall.
4. Moore's Wall Loop Trail, Hanging Rock State Park
For the perfect, beginner hike that still lets you explore all Hanging Rock has to offer, Moore's Wall takes you on a brisk, 4.3 mile journey where you're rewarded at the end with 360-degree views from a rocky platform.
5. Whiteside Mountain
For such incredible beauty, and some mystery, it's hard to believe you can see this for yourself in just 2.5 miles. Your endpoint is a breathtaking 700ft. cliff, and not to mention fall is one of the best times for catching a glimpse at the enchanting 'shadow of the bear.'
6. Craggy Gardens
This easy, 1.4 mile hike rewards you with continuous, fairtyale-like beauty. Trees twirl through the trail and pile on one another in the dense forest. Once at the top, you'll reach a platform that gives you breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
7. Sugarloaf Dune Trail, Carolina Beach State Park
While many associate hiking with the mountains, there's plenty to explore along the coast. The 2.8 mile hike takes you through a wide array of coastal terrain, you might even spot a Venus fly trap.
8. Raven Rock Trail
Centrally located between Sanford and Lillington, Raven Rock State Park offers plenty of gorgeous scenery outside of the mountains. The Raven Rock Trail is an easy 2.6 mile hike that will reward you with great views and serenity.
9. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail
Crabtree Falls is magnificently beautiful, and the loop trail is a perfect way to experience it. The short trail only spans 2.5 miles can be somewhat strenuous at parts. You can't beat this endpoint though.
10. Cloudland Trail, Roan Mountain
Roan Mountain is more a chain than a singular mountain, known as a massif. It's home to the unique, grassy balds - wide open fields on top of a mountain. For the best way to experience it, hike the Cloudland Trail. The 3-mile roundtrip hike leads you first through dense forest and finally to Roan Bluff, the second-highest peak on the massif at 6,286 ft.
There really is something for everyone, in every location, and for every type of hiker in North Carolina. I can’t wait to make the most out of fall and hike these for myself. Not to mention, the changing leaves will add extra beauty! Have you hiked these before or have any you want to add?
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