Backpacking

For many, exploring a trail is the best way to enjoy the national forests in North Carolina. With more than 1,600 miles of trails, a variety of opportunities await you - from short, easy walks to long-distance backpacking adventures.


Backpacking Areas

  • Croatan National Forest area description
  • Neusiok Area area description
  • Neusiok Trail
  • Pine Cliff Picnic Area
  • Oyster Point Campground
  • Nantahala National Forest area description
  • Cheoah Ranger District area description
  • Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area area description
  • Snowbird Backcountry Area area description
  • Big Snowbird #64, Snowbird
  • Burntrock Ridge #65A, Snowbird
  • Chestnut Flat #2579, Snowbird
  • King Meadows #63, Snowbird
  • Middle Falls Alt. #64B, Snowbird
  • Mitchell Lick #154, Snowbird
  • Snowbird Loop #66, Snowbird
  • Snowbird Mountain #415, Snowbird
  • Topton Recreation Area area description
  • Valley River #153, Snowbird
  • Nantahala Ranger District area description
  • Appalachian Trail TR1
  • Bartram Trail
  • Chattooga Wild and Scenic River
  • Ellicott Rock Wilderness
  • Hurricane Creek Horse & Primitive Campground
  • Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
  • Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area
  • Park Creek TR33
  • Standing Indian Campground
  • Wayah Bald Tower
  • Whitewater Falls
  • Tusquitee Ranger District area description
  • Chunky Gal Trail #77
  • Fires Creek Recreation Area area description
  • Fires Creek Rim Trail #72, Fires Creek
  • Pisgah National Forest area description
  • Appalachian Ranger District area description
  • Black Mountain / South Toe River Area area description
  • Black Mountain Campground
  • Black Mountain Crest TR 179
  • Buncombe Horse Range TR 191
  • Hot Springs Area area description
  • Shelton Laurel Area area description
  • Special Day-Use Areas area description
  • Max Patch
  • Roan Mountain area description
  • Grandfather Ranger District area description
  • Hickory Branch Trail 213
  • Snooks Nose Trail 211
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness area area description
  • Babel Tower Trail 240
  • Bynum Bluff Trail 241
  • Cabin Trail 246
  • Conley Cove Trail 229
  • Devils Hole Trail 244
  • Hawksbill Trail 245
  • Linville Gorge Trail 231
  • Pinch -In Trail 228
  • Rock Jock Trail 247
  • Spence Ridge 233
  • Table Rock area description
  • Shortoff Mountain Trail 235
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area area description
  • Greentown Shortcut Trail 268A
  • Greentown Trail 268
  • Harper Creek Trail 260
  • Lost Cove Trail 262
  • Lower Steels Creek Trail 238
  • North Harper Creek Trail 266
  • North Harper Creek Falls Trail 239
  • North Harper Shortcut Trail 266A
  • Philips Branch Trail 252
  • Steels Creek Trail 237
  • Timber Ridge Trail 261
  • Wilson Creek Spur Trail 258A
  • Wilson Ridge Trail 269
  • Wison Creek Trail 258
  • Yellow Buck Trail 265
  • Pisgah Ranger District area description
  • Cove Creek Group Campground
  • Uwharrie National Forest area description
  • Arrowhead Campground
  • Badin Lake Campground
  • Birkhead Mountains Wilderness area description
  • Hannahs Creek Trail
  • Robbins Branch Trail
  • Thornburg Trail
  • Densons Creek Trail Hwy 24/27
  • Dutchman's Creek Trail Hwy 24/27
  • Uwharrie National Recreation Trail