New to the area or a new hiker? We suggest that you try hiking in these areas first – they are the best of the best and have something for everyone. Check the Hiking Calendar for information on when to hike these trails to view the rare or spectacular bloom events, blueberry harvests or fall foliage:
Black Balsam (including Graveyard Fields) – An absolute must see for anyone. Spectacular 360 degree long range views, waterfalls, blueberries and fall foliage.
Montreat – very family-friendly but can also be very challenging. Large number of excellent trails of all types in a small area. Site of the historic Mount Mitchell Toll Road and railroad. Featured hike is to the summit of Graybeard Mountain via the west ridge.
Roan Mountain – the Grassy Ridge Bald hike is not to be missed. A moderate hike over bald knobs famous for abundant Catawba Rhodos, Flame Azaleas and blueberries.
South Pisgah National Forest – this area near the Davidson River is very popular with several interesting hikes to rocky overlooks and waterfalls. Accessible all year as well.
Panthertown – located in the Nantahala National Forest near Lake Toxaway these hikes feature a large number of different views with easy to moderate trails.
Want to browse our entire catalog of hikes? Click on Catalog to see a complete list of all our hikes sorted by area.
Looking for hikes in a particular area or hikes with a special view type or trail rating? Use the following link to our Search page.
Search – enables you to specify the hike name or area(s), view type(s) and trail rating(s) that will be used to build a customized list of hikes from our catalog.
Resources/General Hike Information – information on typical trail conditions, notes about the trail statistics and ratings used on this site, information on trail navigation and hazards.
Resources/Flower Guide – introduction to the flowering bushes, trail flowers and fall foliage found in WNC including photo galleries and links to other resources.
Resources/Hunting Seasons – information about hunting seasons in WNC and hiking in hunting areas.
Resources/Equipment Tips – information about appropriate clothing and equipment for hiking in this region including trekking poles, footwear, traction aids, snake protection and photography.
Resources/Information Sources – lists of guide books, group hike organizations, sources for maps and links to important sites for information on trail access closures.
Regional Map – a map of the Western North Carolina region marked with the location of the major hiking areas.
News – current news about the site and a history of the changes to the site.
Comments – use this page to submit non-hike specific comments and suggestions for hikes to be added to site.