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Big Ivy

Big Butt O+B - Landscape -  M  - 6.3 miles - 1875 feet - Hike Info
5928 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

A popular hike along a ridgeline with knobs that initially provide eastern views of the Black Mountain Range and later western views of Craggy Dome, Craggy Pinnacle and the Cane River valley.

Bullhead Lunch Rock O+B - Landscape -  M  - 5.2 miles - 1500 feet - Hike Info
5600 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

A long, gentle climb to a large, flat, open rocky area at the base of Bullhead Mountain that features nearly 180 views to the northwest and southeast. The trail passes thru the Glassmine Falls overlook on the BRP.



Black Balsam

Graveyard Fields Long Loop - Waterfall -  M  - 7.1 miles - 1604 feet - Hike Info
5270 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

Graveyard Fields is a very popular area that features three waterfalls reachable by hiking trails and abundant blueberries and spectacular fall foliage.

Graveyard Fields Short Loop - Waterfall -  M  - 4 miles - 640 feet - Hike Info
5270 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

Graveyard Fields is a very popular area that features three waterfalls reachable by hiking trails and abundant blueberries and spectacular fall foliage.

Pilot Mountain via BRP O+B - Landscape -  M  - 6.5 miles - 1975 feet - Hike Info
5526 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

360 degree view from the summit affords commanding views of the mountain ranges to the east and to the west in the Pisgah National Forest, including Black Balsam and Looking Glass Rock.

Sam Knob - Flat Laurel Creek Loop - River or Creek, Bald Knobs -  M  - 4.1 miles - 890 feet - Hike Info
6050 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

Great variety – bald knob, wildflower meadow and picturesque creek

Tennent Mountain O+B - Bald Knobs -  M  - 3.3 miles - 770 feet - Hike Info
6200 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

An unobstructed panoramic view of the entire Black Balsam area from two grassy balds: Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

Tennent Mountain. - Ivestor Loop - Bald Knobs -  M  - 4.7 miles - 770 feet - Hike Info
6200 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

An unobstructed panoramic view of the entire Black Balsam area from two grassy balds: Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.



Canton

Rough Creek Loop - Landscape -  M  - 8.1 miles - 1535 feet - Hike Info
4436 feet max elevation - Open all year

A pleasant hike that climbs to a ridge having 180 degree views into a pastoral valley bordered by numerous small mountains and ranges.



Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls O+B - River or Creek, Waterfall -  M  - 4.8 miles - 1130 feet - Hike Info
2990 feet max elevation - Open all year

The hike goes along the Horsepasture River and features 4 extraordinary waterfall views. The signature waterfall is Rainbow Falls with a height of 125 feet that produces large clouds of mist displaying beautiful rainbows.



Green River Game Lands

Bradley Falls O+B - Waterfall, River or Creek -  M  - 2.1 miles - 731 feet - Hike Info
1641 feet max elevation - Open All Year

Unobstructed long distance elevated view of Bradley Falls plus great views of Cove Creek.

Green River Cove Trail O+B - River or Creek -  E  - 4.8 miles - 910 feet - Hike Info
1286 feet max elevation - Open all year

The Green River Cove Trail closely follows the Green River and offers continuous views of the river, both its calm, easy-flowing areas and its intense rapids.

Little Bradley Falls O+B - Waterfall, River or Creek -  M  - 1.9 miles - 256 feet - Hike Info
1642 feet max elevation - Open All Year

Intimate views of a picturesque 3-level cascade with large pool at base. One of the very best waterfall views in WNC.



GSMNP

Cataloochee Divide Trail O+B - Landscape -  M  - 9.2 miles - 2030 feet - Hike Info
5000 feet max elevation - Open all year

A very pleasant hike along the ridge at the southeastern border of the GSMNP. The end of the hike is the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (Science Center) which is in an open highland field and provides a panoramic vista.

Charlie's Bunion O+B - Natural Feature, Landscape -  S  - 9 miles - 2780 feet - Hike Info
6209 feet max elevation - Open all year

The unique Charlie's Bunion rock outcropping is located at Dry Sluice Gap just east of Masa Knob on the AT. The rock provides a unique long range panoramic view into Tennessee.



Harmon Den

Max Patch Long Loop - Bald Knobs -  E  - 4.8 miles - 960 feet - Hike Info
4616 feet max elevation - Open all year

Max Patch is a highland bald with a 360 degree view of western NC, the Great Smoky Mountains, and eastern Tennessee.

Max Patch Short Loop - Bald Knobs -  E  - 3.3 miles - 760 feet - Hike Info
4616 feet max elevation - Open all year

Max Patch is a highland bald with a 360 degree view of western NC, the Great Smoky Mountains, and eastern Tennessee.



Linville Gorge

Hawksbill Mountain O+B - Landscape -  M  - 2 miles - 730 feet - Hike Info
4009 feet max elevation - Open All Year

A very popular short hike of moderate difficulty that ends at the summit of Hawksbill Mountain on an open rock view spot that features 180 degree unobstructed views of the Linville Gorge

Shortoff Mountain O+B - Natural Feature, Landscape -  M  - 5 miles - 1285 feet - Hike Info
2964 feet max elevation - Open all year

This trail is a gradual climb from Lake James to Shortoff Mountain and features many spectacular views of the Linville Gorge and surrounding mountains

Table Rock Mountain Loop - Landscape -  S  - 3.5 miles - 1450 feet - Hike Info
3930 feet max elevation - Open All Year

This interesting loop hike features 360 degree unobstructed views of the Linville Gorge from the summit of Table Rock Mountain.



Montreat-Black Mountain

Big Piney - Rattlesnake Rock O+B - Landscape -  M  - 2.6 miles - 1195 feet - Hike Info
3946 feet max elevation - Open all year

One of Montreat's best views is from Rattlesnake Rock on Big Piney (Brushy Knob) located about 200 feet in elevation below the summit of Big Piney. This large sloping rock outcropping allows a 180 degree view of Black Mountain and much of the south and west rim of ridges of the Swannanoa River valley.

Graybeard Summit O+B - Landscape -  S  - 9.2 miles - 2660 feet - Hike Info
5364 feet max elevation - Open all year

The reward for a long, difficult climb is the view from Graybeard Mountain that looks north towards the Blue Ridge Pinnacle, Potato Knob and Clingman's Peak and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Graybeard via 7 Sisters Loop - Landscape -  S  - 8.9 miles - 2950 feet - Hike Info
5364 feet max elevation - Open all year

This difficult loop visits all the outstanding view spots on the west ridge to Graybeard Mountain including Rattlesnake Rock on Big Piney, Graybeard summit and the view spot at Walker's Knob.

Lookout - Rattlesnake Loop - Landscape -  M  - 2.5 miles - 1020 feet - Hike Info
3763 feet max elevation - Open all year

After enjoying the spectacular views from Lookout Rock, this loop returns via the Mitchell Toll Road with a side trip to Rattlesnake Mountain for a view of the Swannanoa Valley.

Lookout Mountain Loop - Landscape -  M  - 1.9 miles - 830 feet - Hike Info
3763 feet max elevation - Open all year

After enjoying the spectacular views from Lookout Rock, this loop returns via the Mitchell Toll Road for an easier descent back to the trailhead.

Lookout Rock O+B - Landscape -  M  - 1.1 miles - 600 feet - Hike Info
3560 feet max elevation - Open all year

The signature Montreat family hike that features a challenging hike to a rocky outcropping with outstanding views of Montreat, the Seven Sisters ridge (West Ridge) and the Swannanoa Valley from three view spots.

Rattlesnake Mountain O+B - Landscape -  E  - 2.6 miles - 890 feet - Hike Info
3480 feet max elevation - Open all year

The hike follows the historic Mitchell Toll Road to an open rock outcrop at the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, offering a 180 view of the Swannanoa Valley and surrounding mountain ranges looking west.

Walker's Knob O+B - Landscape -  S  - 7.7 miles - 2020 feet - Hike Info
4760 feet max elevation - Open all year

Walker's Knob is an intermediate stop on the way to Graybeard Mountain. The view spot at Walker's Knob provides an outstanding 180 degree view of the Swannanoa Valley looking southwest that includes the town of Black Mountain.

YMCA High Windy O+B - Landscape -  S  - 5.5 miles - 2030 feet - Hike Info
4334 feet max elevation - Open all year

The top of High Windy provides a view of the Swannanoa River valley including the town of Black Mountain, the Seven Sisters ridge to Graybeard Mountain and the high mountains of the BRP to the north.



Mount Mitchell

Black Mountain Crest Trail O+B - Landscape -  M  - 2 miles - 670 feet - Hike Info
6637 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

Spectacular views of the area west of the Black Mountain Range from the summits of Mount Craig and Big Tom. There are numerous small rocky overlooks all along the trail as well as a small plane crash site.

Blue Ridge Pinnacle Loop - Landscape -  M  - 1.5 miles - 560 feet - Hike Info
5646 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

The rocky summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle offers a 180 degree view down into the Swannanoa North Fork including the Asheville watershed, Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters ridge.



Old Fort

Catawba Falls O+B - Waterfall -  E  - 2.4 miles - 500 feet - Hike Info
2027 feet max elevation - Open all year

A popular, signature hike in Old Fort that ends at an impressive 2-tier waterfall. The upper part has been recently opened.

Snook's Nose O+B - Landscape -  S  - 3.8 miles - 1875 feet - Hike Info
3638 feet max elevation - Closed Jan 1 – April 1

The trail ascends a ridge to Snook's Nose which is home to abundant Carolina Rhodo bushes and provides a panoramic view of the ridges to the east and the west.

Snook's Nose to BRP O+B - Landscape -  S  - 7.9 miles - 3200 feet - Hike Info
4720 feet max elevation - Closed Jan 1 – April 1

The trail ascends a ridge to Snook's Nose which is home to abundant Carolina Rhodo bushes and provides a panoramic view of the ridges to the east and the west. The hike terminates at the Green Knob Overlook on the BRP. This overlook has long range views into the ridges and valleys near Old Fort.



Panthertown

Panthertown Long Loop - Landscape, Waterfall, Natural Feature, River or Creek -  M  - 10.8 miles - 1400 feet - Hike Info
4210 feet max elevation - Open All Year

Extraordinary variety – 4 waterfalls, a pure white sandbar and pool, an impressive sheer rock cliff called the Great Wall and long-range landscape views of the Nantahala National Forest from the summit of Big Green Mountain.

Panthertown Short Loop - Waterfall, Natural Feature, River or Creek -  M  - 7.7 miles - 875 feet - Hike Info
3710 feet max elevation - Open All Year

Pleasant hike through the Panthertown Valley featuring 3 waterfalls, a pure white sandbar and pool and an impressive sheer rock cliff called the Great Wall.



Roan Highlands

Grassy Ridge Bald O+B - Bald Knobs -  M  - 5.8 miles - 1430 feet - Hike Info
6200 feet max elevation - Open all year

A very popular and scenic hike along a ridge of bald knobs that follows the North Carolina/Tennessee border. Famous for abundant blueberries, flame azaleas and rhododendrons.

Little Hump and Big Yellow O+B - Bald Knobs, Landscape -  M  - 7.7 miles - 1730 feet - Hike Info
5460 feet max elevation - Open all year

A very popular and scenic hike that features two bald summits on the NC/TN border area near the AT shelter at Yellow Mountain Gap



Shining Rock Wilderness

Cold Mountain O+B - Landscape -  S  - 11 miles - 3060 feet - Hike Info
5968 feet max elevation - Roads may not be open in winter

A long climb along a contour terminates in a panoramic view of Shining Rock Wilderness

Shining Rock via Art Loeb Loop - Bald Knobs, Natural Feature -  S  - 10.1 miles - 2425 feet - Hike Info
6200 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

Unobstructed views from several bald knobs and features a climb onto Shining Rock – a huge, imposing quartz outcropping

Shining Rock via Old Butt Knob Loop - Natural Feature, River or Creek -  S  - 8.3 miles - 3350 feet - Hike Info
6001 feet max elevation - Roads may not be open in winter

Features a climb onto Shining Rock – a huge, imposing quartz outcropping with a return along Shining Creek



South Pisgah National Forest

Daniel Ridge Loop - Waterfall -  M  - 5.4 miles - 1180 feet - Hike Info
3427 feet max elevation - Open all year

An interesting loop hike that features views of 2 different waterfalls and a branch of the Davidson River.

John Rock Long Loop - Landscape, Waterfall -  M  - 6.5 miles - 1660 feet - Hike Info
3337 feet max elevation - Open all year

John Rock is a knob with a high, rock cliff that overlooks the Fish Hatchery giving a good view down to the hatchery and the ridges beyond. The Cat Gap Loop trail also has a small waterfall accessible by a short spur trail.

John Rock O+B - Landscape -  M  - 4.6 miles - 1200 feet - Hike Info
3094 feet max elevation - Open all year

John Rock is a knob with a high, rock cliff that overlooks the Fish Hatchery giving a good view down to the hatchery and the ridges beyond.

Looking Glass Rock O+B - Landscape -  M  - 5.9 miles - 2030 feet - Hike Info
3967 feet max elevation - Open all year

The hike ends with a spectacular 180 degree view of the Black Balsam area from the top of Looking Glass Rock with its huge, steep rock face.

Pilot Mountain via Gloucester Gap Loop - Landscape -  S  - 4.8 miles - 1885 feet - Hike Info
5072 feet max elevation - Open all year

360 degree view from the summit affords commanding views of the mountain ranges to the east and to the west in the Pisgah National Forest, including Black Balsam and Looking Glass Rock.

Twin Falls Loop - Waterfall -  M  - 5.6 miles - 1070 feet - Hike Info
3338 feet max elevation - Open all year

A short side trail off Buckhorn Gap trail terminates in a cove with two accessible water falls, each about 100 ft. tall, coming from 2 different sources. The loop continues along a dry ridge line back to the trailhead.

Twin Falls O+B - Waterfall -  E  - 4.1 miles - 650 feet - Hike Info
2996 feet max elevation - Open all year

A short side trail off Buckhorn Gap trail terminates in a cove with two accessible water falls, each about 100 ft. tall, coming from 2 different sources.



South Toe River

Green Knob O+B - Landscape -  S  - 5.6 miles - 2135 feet - Hike Info
5052 feet max elevation - Requires BRP open

A challenging hike that ends at the Green Knob Fire Tower (closed). The summit area and other view spots on the trail provide a good view of Mount Mitchell, the Black Mountain Range and the South Toe River Valley.