No matter if you’re a local, or if you’re just visiting Asheville for a week, if you’re looking to go backpacking, North Carolina is the place to do it. Featuring miles and miles of trails that connect to the great Appalachian Trail, spotted with mountain-top vistas and gushing waterfalls, you can’t go wrong with any of these loops. We’ve picked our top four favorites for this article, and there’s something for every level of experience. Whether you’re looking for an all out backpacking trip, or if you’d just like to see North Carolina from the top of a mountain, we’ve got the routes for you:
1. Linville Gorge Loop
This is a three day backpacking loop for the moderate to experienced backpacker. Twenty-two miles around what is often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” you’ll take in sweeping mountain views and massive waterfalls along the hike. There are plenty of places to camp on the trail, but do note that you’ll have to get a permit to camp on any Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between May 1 and October 28.