The Appalachian Trail through Roan Highlands.

Appalachian Trail

Home to the tallest peaks along the near 2,200-mile route, North Carolina’s stretch of Appalachian Trail draws both thru-hikers and day-trippers for mountain views and tranquility.

The Town that Backpacks Built

Muddy boots are a welcome sight in this postcard-perfect spot in the Smokies. Whether you hike in on the Appalachian Trail or drive in for a weekend visit, Hot Springs offers every traveler a special kind of trail magic.

Big Memories in a Tiny Shack

In the shadow of Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County sits the Grimshawes Post Office, an eensy-weensy wooden building that old-timers fondly remember and newcomers visit on hiking excursions around Cashiers and Highlands.