Friday, Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day and North Carolina is lush with walking trails and scenic landscapes to explore.
From the mountains to the coast, the area has plenty of visual treasures and vibrant fall colors to check out. So why not embrace the day by getting outdoors to experience some of these trails in and around the Triad? Friday's weather calls for lots of sun so it's a great time to get out and explore.
Greensboro Watershed Lakes
14 trails covering 42 miles wrapped around Lake Higgins, Lake Brandt and Lake Townsend. All are open to hiking and some shared with mountain biking. More info here.
The state's official hiking trail starts in the Great Smoky Mountains and ends at Jockey's Ridge, the tallest sand dune on the east coast. The trail spans 1,175 miles and includes connecting backroads and a paddle route. More info here.
American Tobacco Trail
This trail spans Durham, Chatham and Wake counties and is over 22 miles long. More info here.
The Max Patch section that runs through Hot Springs, NC is called 'The Crown Jewel of the Appalachian Trail,' which spans 2,180-plus miles and 14 states. The Nantahala Gorge is another popular stretch of the trail, which is trail is hiking-only. More info here.
Carolina Thread Trail
The trail spans 15 counties, two states (NC and SC), 250 miles of trails and 100 miles of blueways. The Catawba Lands Conservancy helps provide guided hikes, nature walks, group bike rides and more. More info here.
Over 7,000 acres of forested land and open fields in Durham, Orange and Alamance counties. Limited permissible activities are walking, hiking and running along forest roads and foot trails. More info here.
TRACK trails have self-guided brochures and signs for an interactive experience. Users can hike, bike, paddle, play disc golf, fish and go camping. More info here.
Uwharrie National Forest
Around 51,000 acres mostly in Montgomery County with parts spilling into Randolph and Davidson counties. Lots of outdoor activities are permitted. More info here.
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir
More than 45 miles of trails surround the lake, including the 6-mile Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Trails allow hiking and mountain biking. More info here.