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Top Piedmont Hiking Trails

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Pisgah National Forest to Morrow Mountain, North Carolina’s western regions feature plenty of diverse landscapes.

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:

Morrow Mountain

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.

Pilot Mountain

Just northwest of Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain State Park is home to several great hiking trails. However, the Ledge Spring Trail and Jomeokee Trail are two favorites.

Hiking Trails in North Carolina

Pilot Mountain

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.

Crowder’s Mountain

Set just a short drive from Gastonia and the Charlotte metro area, Crowder’s Mountain State Park entices hikers with a five-mile loop trail elevating nearly 900 feet.

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.

Hiking Trails in North Carolina

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

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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.


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Best Western Albemarle Inn

2300 US Highway 52 N, Albemarle NC 28001-8507
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Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road

501 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805-1824
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Best Western Plus Cary Inn - NC State

1722 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511-5931
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Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel & Suites

242 E Woodlawn Road, Charlotte NC 28217-2202
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Best Western Plus Charlotte/Matthews Hotel

2501 Sardis Road N, Charlotte NC 28227-7724
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Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

248 WBI Drive, Dillsboro NC 28725
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Best Western Plus Edison Inn

1595 Mechanical Boulevard, Garner NC 27529-2536
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Best Western Gastonia

360 Best Western Ct, Gastonia NC 28054
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Best Western Plus Greensboro/Coliseum Area

2006 Veasley Street, Greensboro NC 27407-4638
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Best Western Hendersonville Inn

105 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville NC 28792-9326
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Best Western Mountainbrook Inn

3811 Soco Road Route 19, Maggie Valley NC 28751-9506
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Best Western Raleigh North-Downtown

2715 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27604-1509
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Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn

130 Shiloh Trl, Waynesville NC 28786-9007
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Best Western Plus Hanes Mall Hotel

3330 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem NC 27103-3014
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