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Change Your Altitude: Top Hikes in Maggie Valley

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Get out in the wilderness and experience a new terrain of thought. Visit Maggie Valley for a Smoky Mountain excursion that will really “peak” your interest. Being surrounded by mountains means that we’ve got the perfect variety of hiking trails for all levels of expertise. Climb to spectacular mountain views and flowing waterfalls. You never know what discoveries you’ll unearth when you explore here. Check out some of our nearby hikes.

Boogerman Hiking Trail

The name might make you giggle, but the beauty of this trail is no joke. This 4-mile path is perfect for those looking for a casual hike amongst the beautiful, lush forests of the North Carolina Smokies. With a gradual elevation gain of 900 feet, this hike is great for beginners or parents looking for a tranquil trail to explore.

Soco Falls

Stand in the presence of double natural waterfalls with ease. Located half a mile off the road, take this short trail to a viewing deck overlooking Soco Falls. To get a closer look, you can continue down a trail to the base of the waterfalls. Be careful; this hike is a bit steep! Have a misty moment and get an excellent backdrop for your next profile pic.

 

Waterrock Knob

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this picturesque hike is a popular photo spot for hikers. Climb to the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern U.S. and experience vast views for up to 50 miles on a clear day. Wander a little further near Browning Knob and you can pay your respects to a plane crash in 1983 before venturing to Mount Lynn Lowry. Trust us, the views from this summit are worth the trek.

Blackrock Mountain

If you’re an experienced hiker looking for a fun challenge, pack up your gear and head to Blackrock Mountain. Be advised, we do not recommend this trail for beginners. This 4.6 round trip takes you through elevation changes of at least 550 feet in each direction. Once you reach the top, enjoy 360 degrees of panoramic views as you sit on Blackrock—yes, it is actually black stone!

There is so much to explore around Maggie Valley and these hikes are sure to take your trip to new heights. While you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to refuel with a hearty meal and pick your place to stay for a cozy recovery. Pack up your gear, your snacks, and most importantly, your hiking buddies for an adventure that truly rocks! Be sure to tag us in your hiking photos with #VisitNCSmokies.

 

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