Guides to Backpacking and Hiking the Carolinas

Day Hiking Trails, Camping, and Mountain Bike Adventures in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Hiking the Carolina Mountains

The mountains of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina are a hiker’s paradise. This guide includes 57 day hikes ranging in length from 2 to 13 miles, with destinations including 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; the summit of Cold Mountain, and more. 

Asheville, NC: 35 Spectacular Hikes in the Land of Sky

Peaceful waterfalls, dramatic mountain vistas, bountiful nature preserves, and, of course, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park―there’s no better place to hit the trails than the Asheville area. 

Hiking North Carolina: A Guide to More Than 500 of North Carolina’s Greatest Hiking Trails

With full color photographs and maps, this thoroughly updated and revised fourth edition is a guide to more than 500 hiking trails in all regions of the state, from the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Piedmont and the Outer Banks.

Hiking Waterfalls North Carolina: A Guide To The State’s Best Waterfall Hikes

From the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina is renowned for its beautiful waterfalls. Hiking Waterfalls in North Carolina includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for over 200 of the most scenic waterfalls in the state. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, folklore, and GPS coordinates.

Hiking North Carolina’s State Parks: The Best Trail Adventures from the Appalachians to the Atlantic

Backpacking & Hiking National Parks

Hiking South Carolina

Detailed maps and trail descriptions make navigating these wonderful trails easy, and interesting information about the environment and history of each trail gives hikers a unique insight into the trail that they are exploring.

Easy Day Hikes Charleston, South Carolina

20 easy-to-follow trails that follow charming creeks and disappear into dense pine forests. Casual day hikes to full-day adventures.

Coastal Trails of the Carolinas

With hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches and barrier islands, the coastline of North and South Carolina is one of the most treasured shorelines in the country.

Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate: Spectacular Hikes Near Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, and Pickens Counties

From its mountains and lakes to its waterfalls and trails, the Upstate is an outdoors lover’s paradise. The trail system is quite extensive, and opportunities range from day hikes to backpacking trips along the Foothills and Appalachian Trails.

Kid-Friendly Hikes of Upstate South Carolina

Hiking South Carolina’s Foothills Trail

Although the 76.2-mile Foothills National Recreation Trail begins and ends in South Carolina’s “golden corner” along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, it also traverses two of North Carolina’s most beautiful mountain counties. Along the way it crosses five rivers, passes numerous spectacular waterfalls, and climbs to South Carolina’s highest point.

Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina

These easy-to-reach waterfalls of Upstate South Carolina are a fun and fascinating retreat for the entire family. Most of these falls are within the ability of the average hiker to reach on a day hike. Some sites are of particularly easy access, such as the pristine falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which families with young children and mature adults are encouraged to visit.

Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians: North Georgia, Western North Carolina, East Tennessee

Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests: 50 Can’t-Miss Trail Adventures in the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests

Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the 82 greatest hikes within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Everyone from the avid trekker to family day-hiker will find a new trail to enjoy in the Smokies. Each hike is covered by concise descriptions, detailed maps, and turn-by-turn directions. Set out confidently and enjoy glorious views and peaceful wilderness.

Great Day Hikes on North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is an 1,175-mile destination trail that crosses North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. It traverses 37 counties, 7 national parks and forests, and nearly a dozen state parks and historic sites.

Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway 

Concise descriptions and detailed maps for 34 easy-to-follow trails from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

  • 30-minute strolls to full-day adventures
  • Hikes for everyone, including families.
  • Great hikes featuring waterfalls and wildflowers; great hikes for dogs.
  • Mile-by-mile directions and clear trail maps
  • Zero-impact tips

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Hiking Waterfalls Georgia and South Carolina

The mountains of Georgia and South Carolina are renowned for beautiful waterfalls. Detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for more than 60 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the states—many of them along the mountainous border between the two states, within easy access of each other. 

Backpacking North Carolina

Gear and safety advice for year-round backpacking. Major points of interest highlighted on each trip. Family-friendly trails and easy bailouts for when hiking with children. Detailed trail maps and directions to trailheads.

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Camping & Outdoor Survival Guide: 101 Tips, Tricks & Uses

This book encourages awareness about emergency preparedness and shows how the Swiss Army Knife can be used in many situations, from starting a fire to making a shelter and everything in between. Learn how to use your Swiss Army Knife to:

  • Create a Fire Using Four Different Methods
  • Set Up Camp and Make Essential Tools
  • Collect Clean Drinking Water
  • Catch Fish and Prepare Food
  • Get Your Bearings and Signal for Help
  • and much more!

Trails of the Triangle: Over 400 Trails in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Area

Trails range in distance from a few yards, such as the 92-yard Honeysuckle Lane Trail in Fuquay-Varina to the 50-mile Falls Lake Trail. There are residential trails such as Shelley Lake Trail.

Compact, agile, and ready to face any adventure head-on.

How to Poop in the Woods: And Other Backpacking Essentials for Women

When it comes to backpacking, beginners have lots of great questions:

  • What’s an ideal pack weight?
  • Is down better than synthetics for a sleeping bag?
  • Should your footwear be waterproofed?
  • How big of a tent do you need?
  • And how do you poop in the woods?

How to Poop in the Woods is just as funny and entertaining as it is practical and accessible—a tremendously valuable resource and guide for novice backpackers.

Mountain Bike Trails: North Carolina Mountains, South Carolina Upstate 

 This guidebook for the Carolina mountains recommends more than 105 bike routes.

Schwinn High Timber Youth/Adult Mountain Bike for Men and Women, Aluminum and Steel Frame Options, 7-21 Speeds Options, 24-29-Inch Wheels

Hiking & Mountain Biking in Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails in North Carolina. Pisgah is home to many famous natural and historic landmarks including Looking Glass Rock, Devil’s Courthouse, Graveyard Fields, the Pink Beds, and Bent Creek. This concise guide describes 20 day hikes, 12 overnight hikes, and 29 mountain bike rides with trail details, maps, driving directions, and GPS coordinates for 18 trailheads. It also includes a section listing 21 waterfalls and how to get to them.

Discovering North Carolina’s Wilson Creek Area: Hiking And Mountain Biking Guide

Hidden within the mountain valleys of the Wilson Creek area of western North Carolina are a multitude of hiking trails to beautiful waterfalls, huge swimming holes, and water slides formed by massive domes of granite.

Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook

Journey into the lands and culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Hiking North Carolina’s State Parks: The Best Trail Adventures from the Appalachians to the Atlantic

North Carolina’s state parks reflect the natural abundance and variety in the Tar Heel State, with preserves located in each of the major regions from mountains to coast. Detailed information for more than 50 hikes, including highlights and advice for each hike. Expert guidance on what gear to take with you.

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Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas

Five-Star Trails: Charlotte

Easy Day Hikes Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Easy Day Hikes Raleigh-Durham

Backpacker: The Complete Guide to Backpacking

From detailed descriptions of what to pack and how to pack it to navigation and campsite cooking, to managing outdoor hazards and more, The Complete Guide to Backpacking is the definitive resource for backpacking-related know-how.

The Weekender Backpack is ideal for keepings essentials organized and dry for all your short trips. Water-resistant exterior. Two front zippered pockets. Top and Side padded carry handles. Exterior Water Bottle Pocket.

Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Ultimate Travel Guide to America’s Most Popular Scenic Roadway

There has never been a better time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway! This updated edition of Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is ideal for anyone who uses the Parkway as a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience. It includes the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the 469-mile roadway—from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina—making it a single-volume solution for the serious explorer, whether on foot or by car.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills

New music venues, along with updated information on the almost 60 music sites in Western North Carolina.

Appalachian Trail North Carolina-Georgia Guide Book Map Set 

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike.

National Parks on the Appalachian Trail

Carolina Rocks: The Piedmont

A rock-climbing guidebook to the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The book features the world class traditional climbing area of Moore’s Wall, the fantastic slabs of Stone Mountain, the incredibly popular cliffs of Pilot Mountain, and the many walls of Crowder’s Mountain. 

Best Easy Day Hikes Chapel Hill, NC

Best Outdoor Adventures Asheville: A Guide to the Region’s Greatest Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling

Mongoose Grafton Mountain Bike

Schwinn Mountain Bike

North Carolina Adventure Weekends: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Getaways

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, North Carolina offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy―from camping in Pisgah National Forest to canoeing down the Nantahala River and hiking in the Croatan National Forest.

The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Brook, rainbow, and brown trout, as well as smallmouth bass, thrive in the crystal-clear streams, rivers, and lakes of the Great Smoky Mountains.

TOPFORT Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo Starter Kit with Carrier Bag

Best Dog Hikes North Carolina

This guidebook reveals a collection of sixty of the best dog friendly hiking trails in North Carolina. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there’s a trail for you and your trusty companions. 

Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in the Mountains of North Carolina: Walks and Hikes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Smokies

The mountain ranges of North Carolina–from the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies to the southern foothills–are distinguished by steep gorges, spectacular waterfalls, lush forests, open vistas and temperate weather, making them a popular hiking destination in every season. 

Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking & Mountain Biking DuPont State Forest

There’s a reason North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest is one of the most popular recreation destinations in the Southeast. It is home to 10,400 acres of pristine forest, 6 spectacular waterfalls, 5 mountain lakes, 80 miles of trails, 6 major trailheads.

Hiking Waterfalls and Trails: A Collection of North Georgia, Western North Carolina, Western South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee

Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate

From waterfalls to amazing mountain views, each trail offers hikers an incredible experience.

Hiking Waterfalls

Guides to Backpacking and Hiking North Carolina & South Carolina