Hiking the Carolina Mountains


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57 Great Day Hikes in North and South Carolina

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Dupont State Forest
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Pisgah & Nantahala National Forests
  • Upstate South Carolina
  • And Much More

The mountains of western North and upstate South Carolina are a hiker’s paradise. Rich with human history, they are also home to some of the greatest biological diversity in the world. Hikers here are treated to thousands of miles of trails offering fantastic views, stunning wildflower and fall foliage displays, and gigantic trees in old growth forests. This guide lists 57 day hikes ranging in length from 2 to 13 miles, with destinations like the waterfalls of Dupont State Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s beautiful Craggy Gardens; the ruins of George Vanderbilt’s palatial Buck Spring hunting lodge on Mt. Pisgah; and the summit of Cold Mountain. Each entry includes everything you need to know to get out and hike: maps and detailed directions, mileage, elevation gain, trail highlights, fees and hiking regulations, a list of films and novels set in each location, and more.

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