North Carolina is growing to become one of the greatest travel destinations in the U.S. People from other states and even internationally come to experience the wonders of our great mountain views and scenic landmarks. One of the best ways to see our picturesque state is to hike to the hidden treasure trove of views. These seven beginner hikes in North Carolina will definitely give you the full view of what our natural wonders have to offer. 

Linville Gorge Trail

Price: Free

Address: Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 316
Linville Falls, NC 28647

Why You Need To Go: This hike is only 1.4-round trip, but you still get all the amazing views along the way. You'll also get a picturesque view of a 45-foot waterfall


Elk River Falls Trail

Price: Free

Address: 1 Golda Davis Lane Elk Park, NC 28622

Why You Need To Go: This 5-minute hike not only takes you to a 50-foot waterfall, but you'll instantly fall in love with the surrounding views of the Beech Mountains nearby.


Looking Glass Falls 

Price: Free

Address: US-276, Brevard, NC 28712

Why You Need To Go: This short hike in NC is literally only a half a mile long and will take you through the woods of NC to discover hidden pools, a waterfall and plenty of photo shoot-worthy spots. 


Rainbow Falls Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, NC 28774

Why You Need To Go: This hike has more of a rainforest vibe since it's in an area of NC that tends to rain often. However, you shouldn't let that stop you from finding the views here and seeing what this short downhill hike has to offer. 


Three Waterfalls Loop

Price: Free

Address: Deep Creek Trail, Bryson City, NC 28713

Why You Need To Go: This 2.4-mile roundtrip loop is the perfect thing to do in North Carolina if you're looking to get the full scope of the seasons. Deep Creek can be enjoyed summer through spring so don't miss the beautiful leaves changing colors.


Graveyard Fields Loop

Price: Free

Address:  Blue Ridge Pkwy, Canton, NC 28716

Why You Need To Go: While this hike is much longer, coming in at 469-miles in total for the complete path, it's an easy walk with no steep elevations to climb that would make a difficult adventure. You'll enjoy sun, breeze, waterfalls and pools of green throughout your one-of-a-kind hiking journey. 


Chimney Rock State Park 

Price: $17

Address: 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

Why You Need To Go: This State Park has six super easy NC hikes for you to discover, one even with a 404-foot waterfall in the middle. However, Chimney Rock is the spot you want for the incredible views from up top.


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