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Visit a Great Trail

Trails are a great way to get some exercise, spend time with your friends and family, and enjoy North Carolina’s beauty. And North Carolina has great trails for you to enjoy wherever you live or visit. Visit our Trails page to search for trails in North Carolina State Parks. You may also view this Great Trails guide to explore selected trails in North Carolina.


Whether you’re looking for a challenging backpacking trip through North Carolina’s spectacular mountains, a leisurely stroll on a scenic riverwalk, or something in between, North Carolina has a trail for every hiker.


EveryTrail - Hiking in North Carolina

AllTrails - Best Trails in NC

VisitNC Hiking Trails


Mountain biking and tour biking are both popular in North Carolina. Many public lands host mountain bike trails, often designed and built by cyclists.  Gentle topography, mild climate, and beautiful scenery make the Piedmont and Coastal Plain perfect for tour biking.

TrailLink - North Carolina Bike Trails

VisitNC - 10 Popular North Carolina Biking Trails

NC DOT Bike Maps and Routes

East Coast Greenway - North Carolina

Singletracks - North Carolina Mountain Bike Trails


North Carolina is a paddler’s paradise: whitewater in the mountains, scenic rivers through the woodlands of the Piedmont, and the quiet, slow-moving blackwater streams of the Coastal Plain, filled with birds and wildlife.

NCSU - Coastal Region Paddle Trails

North Carolina Flatwater Paddling & Canoeing (

Roanoke River Partners


North Carolina has a thriving equine community, including all breeds and types of horse activity. The number and variety of equestrian trails continues to grow.

US Forest Service Horse Riding and Camping

Horse Trail Directory - North Carolina

Off-Highway Vehicles

North Carolina’s national forests offer four trail systems for riding off-highway vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, 4-wheel-drive and trail bikes.

US Forest Service - OHV Trail Riding