Great Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Top Piedmont Hiking Trails
One of the very best ways of seeing NC’s tallest mountains ranges and scenic prairies is by hitting one of the state’s many hiking trails. If you’re feeling a furlough coming on, check out these awesome Piedmont hiking Trails:
Catch a view of the Piedmont’s Uwharrie National Forest from atop Morrow Mountain; the summit trail is just under four miles round trip and considered to be moderate. The trailhead is within Morrow Mountain State Park, only a short drive from nearby Albemarle.
The Jomeokee Trail is less than one mile, and a bit more moderate, but still just as scenic, while the Ledge Spring is strenuous, but yields rewarding views of the valley below.
Although considered more difficult, Rocktop Trail Loop’s steep inclines are worth it, featuring excellent panoramas of the surrounding thick hardwood forest.
White Pines Nature Preserve
If it’s dazzling views of NC’s triad you’re after, be sure to hit the trails at White Pines Nature Preserve just outside of Raleigh in the city of Sanford.
Make the two and a half journey to the top of the bluffs on the White Pines Loop, or enjoy one of the milder River Trail and Gilbert Yager Trail.
Hanging Rock State Park
One of the state’s favorite sites, Hanging Rock State Park features two trails, Moore’s Wall and Hanging Rock Trails. Both are highly recommended, and vary in difficulty.
Spruce Falls in Great Smokey Mountains NP
The park is just north or Greensboro; check out the sweeping views atop Hanging Rock, and if the weather is cooperating, take a dip in Hanging Rock Park Lake.
Great Smoky Mountains NP
We could go on for days about the awesome outdoor adventure at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including plenty of hiking.
Check out favorite hiking spots in the Great Smoky Mountains including Chimney Tops, Rainbow Falls, and Alum Cave Bluffs.
No matter the journey you choose, you’ll likely come across tranquil waterfalls and excellent views throughout the expansive old-growth forests.
Looking Glass Rock
The Looking Glass Rock Trail near Hendersonville is perhaps the most strenuous on this list, but you truly won’t find a more beautiful view than you’ll find atop Looking Glass Rock. The out-and-back trail is about six and a half miles. Take in the beauty of the Pisgah National Forest during your trek.
Hickory Nut Gorge & Falls
Hickory Nut Gorge
Southeast of Asheville, Hickory Nut Gorge and Falls Trail explores the scenery around Hickory Nut Falls, the tallest waterfall in the area.
The hike is quick and easy – only 1.5 miles round trip – with the up-close view of the falls being the reward. The trailhead is found within Chimney Rock State Park.
William B. Umstead State Park
For quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh, check out William B. Umstead State Park, home to a handful of urban hiking trails.
Check out trails on the easy side, like Oak Rock and Inspiration, or the moderate trails like Company Mill, Loblolly, and the multiuse trails.
No matter which path you take, the park offers great recreation and natural beauty, all within minutes of the city.