Hiking North Carolina's State Parks

The Best Trail Adventures from the Appalachians to the Atlantic

By Johnny Molloy

280 pp., 6 x 9, 57 color plates, 47 maps, 1 table

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6823-9
    Published: April 2022
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6824-6
    Published: March 2022
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5747-7
    Published: March 2022

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North Carolina’s state parks reflect the natural abundance and variety in the Tar Heel State, with preserves located in each of the major regions from mountains to coast. With this guide, Johnny Molloy details the best hikes to enjoy in North Carolina’s expanding state parks system. Written with the beginning, intermediate, and seasoned hiker in mind, Hiking North Carolina's State Parks is the most comprehensive and useful hiking guide published to date dedicated to exploring our beautiful state parks.

Readers will find:

  • Detailed information for more than 50 hikes, including highlights and advice for each hike
  • Detailed hike maps in full color, complete with important trail information
  • Expert guidance on what gear to take with you
  • Up-to-date information on park hours, locations, and safety information
  • Details for each hike include elevation changes, levels of difficulty, and more
  • Over 50 beautiful, full-color photographs of North Carolina’s varied and unique landscapes

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer and author of more than eighty books. He is based in Johnson City, Tennessee.
For more information about Johnny Molloy, visit the Author Page.


"Helpful . . . Handy charts list the trail names, the state parks and other helpful info, quickly breaking down all you need before hitting the trail. Need a two-hour hike? Scan through the chart and find the one perfect for that day. Need something at Elk Knob? A quick search finds a 3.8-mile hike up to mountaintop vistas."—News & Observer

"Like most volumes in the UNC Press' 'Southern Getaways' series, this little volume is light, straightforward, easy to read and stuffed with useful information."—Wilmington Star-News

“There are more than a thousand miles of hiking trails in the North Carolina state park system, a system that includes high alpine forest in the highest mountain chain along the east coast to swampy coastal wetlands. In such a diverse network of preserves, Johnny Molloy has done an excellent job of identifying very worthy trails for experienced hikers and newcomers alike. This book hits the mark.”—Joe Miller, author of Adventure Carolinas

“Johnny Molloy's selection of great hikes, which span from the mountains to the coast, will convince anyone that North Carolina's amazing state parks are national treasures.”—Randy Johnson, author of Grandfather Mountain