North Carolina Trip Reports & Photos

We do the majority of our hiking in North Carolina, so I broke the state into several regions. Follow the links to read trip reports and view photos for each region of North Carolina.

The High Country consists of the mountains of northwest North Carolina, including Roan Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge, and Wilson Creek. Generally, it encompasses the area around the towns of Jefferson, Boone, Blowing Rock, Lenoir, Linville, Banner Elk, and Bakersville.

The Black Mountains, located northeast of Asheville, are the highest mountains in the eastern United States. Trip reports from the Craggy Mountains, Montreat, Mackey Mountain, Woods Mountain, and High Windy are included in this region.

The Bald Mountains are located north of Asheville along the North Carolina / Tennessee line. They start north of the Smokies, and extend as far as the Nolichucky River. Trips reports from Max Patch, Big Laurel Fork, the French Broad River, and the mountains further north are included in this region. The Appalachian Trail is the major route through the area.

The Pisgah region includes the areas around the towns of Canton, Brevard, and Hendersonville, south and west of Asheville. This region includes trip reports from the Shining Rock Wilderness, the Middle Prong Wilderness, DuPont State Forest, the Green River Game Lands, Hickory Nut Gorge, the Mills River, and the Davidson River areas.

The Jocassee region is found southwest of Asheville near the South Carolina state line. Specifically, it is the area around Lake Jocassee, and is composed of game lands, Gorges State Park, and parts of the Nantahala National Forest. The Foothills Trail is the major route through the area.

The Nantahala National Forest region consists of the rest of southwest North Carolina. It extends from Cashiers and Waynesville west to Murphy. Trip reports from Panthertown Valley, the Bartram Trail, Standing Indian, the Nantahala River, the Joyce Kilmer / Slickrock Wilderness, and the Snowbird Mountains are included in this region.

The Piedmont and Foothills region includes trip reports from most of the rest of the state. It includes mountain areas such as Doughton Park, Stone Mountain, the South Mountains, Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, Crowders Mountain, and the Uwharrie Mountains. Generally all trip reports from areas east of the Blue Ridge are included in this region.

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