Hikes in the Southern Appalachians & North Carolina


Mt. Leconte Alum Cave Trail

The Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians

Our Top Ten List (latest version)

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By Region:

Best Hikes in North Carolina/Tennessee


Mt. Cammerer (GSMNP)

The Alum Cave Trail / Mt. Leconte (GSMNP)

Charlie’s Bunion/The Drop Off (GSMNP)

Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain (Pisgah NF)

Sam’s Knob (Pisgah NF)

Mt. Pisgah (Pisgah NF)

Roan Mountain Highlands (Cherokee NF)

Looking Glass Rock (Pisgah NF)

John Rock (Pisgah NF)

Max Patch (Pisgah NF)

…The Hikes off the Linville Gorge Wilderness…

Table Rock Mountain

The Chimneys

Hawksbill Mountain (Pisgah NF)

Shortoff Mountain

Short Hikes off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Gregory Bald (GSMNP)

The Ramsey Cascades (GSMNP)

Big Bald (Pisgah NF)

Standing Indian Loop (Nantahala NF)

Elk Knob (Elk Knob State Park)

Mount Jefferson (Mount Jefferson State Natural Area)

The Gorges (Nantahala NF)

Tanawha Trail (Rough Ridge)

Whiteside Mountain/Devils Courthouse

Yellow Mountain

Panthertown Valley

Wayah Bald

Wesser Bald

Siler Bald

(The previous three could be done in a single 2-3 day hike)

Cheoah Bald

Bob’s Bald/The Hangover

Mount Jefferson

For a MUCH longer hike, try:

The Art Loeb Trail (Pisgah NF)

The Mountains to Sea Trail (From the Atlantic Coast to the Tennessee State Line)

The Bartram Trail

The Benton Mackaye Trail

And of course, none of them beat this one:

The Appalachian Trail

(Note that many of the short hikes listed above are on the AT, MST, BT and BMT)


 Best Hikes in Virginia

Old Rag Mountain Hike

Old Rag Mountain (SHNP)

Grayson Highlands (Mount Rogers Rec Area)

The Virginia Creeper Trail (Biking)

Sharp Top (Peaks of Otter)

Flat Top (Peaks of Otter)

…The “Virginia Triple Crown”…

Macafee Knob, (Jefferson NF)

The Dragons Tooth (Jefferson NF)

The Tinker Cliffs (Jefferson NF)

Stickler Knob (George Washington NF)

House Mountain (Jefferson NF)

The Three Ridges Loop, GWNF


Other Best Hikes in the Carolinas


Pilot Mountain

Crowders Mountain

Hanging Rock

Stone Mountain

Table Rock, SC

South Mountains, NC

Chimney Rock, NC


Best Hikes in West Virginia

Coming soon now, ya hear?


Best Hikes in Georgia

Rabun Bald

Blood Mountain

Springer Mountain/Amicola Falls


Best Hikes in Maryland (technically speaking it’s the South)

Annapolis Rock, AT