The Ultimate Guide to the Best Hiking in North Carolina

Your arrival at Orchard Inn is a magical experience. As you drive up the windy Orchard Inn Lane, you are surrounded by towering trees until you reach the inn. Once there, the historic building welcomes you. Inside, visitors find stunning views of the surrounding mountains that beckon you to go explore. For those looking to immerse themselves in nature, hiking in North Carolina is an absolute must! Make sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide to discover even more things to do in Western North Carolina.

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6 of the Best Spots for Hiking in North Carolina

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” —  Dr. Seuss

orchard inn nature trail

Our Nature Trail

You don’t have to go far to enjoy hiking in North Carolina during your stay at Orchard Inn! We have a nature trail right on our property. We know this trail well; we walk it nearly every morning with our dogs! You are welcome to come along with us or use it at any time during your stay at Orchard Inn. Although it is a short loop, it can be a challenge. You’ll go up and down the mountainside, so be prepared!

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park is well-known for being one of the best hikes in the state. Here, you will find a variety of trails that vary in difficulty. If you’re up for a challenge, we highly recommend the Skyline Trail. This trek is only 20 minutes, but it is categorized as a moderate to strenuous hike due to the amount of stairs. Once you reach the top, you’ll have gorgeous views of the park from 2,480 feet up!

Dupont State Forest

The Dupont State Forest is home to nearly 100 miles of trails that are great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. If you’re looking for a short hike, we recommend heading here to trek to Hooker Falls. If you’re up for more of a challenge, you can continue on to see four other waterfalls: Triple Falls, High Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Green River Game Lands

Green River Game Lands

People flock to the Green River Game Lands to see the gorgeous Green River Gorge and Green River. With more than 16 miles of trails to explore, you can spend the entire day traveling through the forest. There is even a zipline over the gorge for thrill-seekers!

Pink Beds Loop Trail

The hike at Pink Beds Loop Trail is about five miles long, but it is still only moderate in difficulty with minimal elevation gain. Hikers are treated to views of mountain bogs and pine trees; many of the plants in these bogs are very rare. If you go out of your way a bit, you can even see a waterfall!

Pearson Falls

If you were spending a perfect day outdoors in Saluda, we would send you to Pearson Falls. The trailhead is only about 10 minutes away from Orchard Inn, and it’s one of the top spots for both visitors and locals to head to. The hike is only a quarter-mile long, and you get to see a stunning, 90-foot waterfall!

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MVW BalconyCome experience the beauty of Western North Carolina for yourself when you stay at Orchard Inn! Because we are in Saluda’s mountains, we are near some of the best hiking in North Carolina. If these options aren’t enough for you, we are always happy to recommend some others during your stay! Browse our accommodations to start planning your visit.

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