Best Hiking States In The U.S., Where Does North Carolina Rank?
The autumn months are great for hiking. The weather is a bit cooler, and the changing foliage serves a picturesque backdrop. Over the summer, Why This Place detailed the ten best states for hiking in the country, and North Carolina ranked in the top 20.
Why This Place explained how they determined which states earned a spot on the list. An index score was created to give all 50 US states a score out of 100.
The areas examined covered a broad range of hiking conditions that are essential for a great hiking experience. This included the number of hiking trails in the state, the average rainfall, average temperature, waterfalls in the area, and the state and national park coverage.
The East Coast faired very well. In fact, five of the top ten states were in the Northeast. Connecticut claimed the top spot, scoring a 73.98 out of 100.
North Carolina Ranked #19
In the Mid-Atlantic, only Delaware and Maryland finished higher in the complete list of best states for hiking. North Carolina has 55 hiking trails per 1,000 miles, according to Why This Place. Having an average temperature of 59.55 degrees certainly helps inspire hikers to get out on the trails.
Visit North Carolina calls out the western part of the state as a great region to get out on the mountains. “More than 900 miles of hiking trails link you with adventures in the North Carolina mountains,” they say.
Perhaps learning that North Carolina is on the top 20 best states for hiking now has you itching to lace up your boots. To help you decide where to hike, All Trails has a detailed list of where to go. Their ten best trails in North Carolina cover a lot of ground, and highlight spectacular views. They name Clingman Dome Observation Tower Trail as the top hiking spot in the state. This is rated as a moderate difficulty. Even better, this 1.3 mile hike can be completed in less than an hour.