Rugged and wild: North Carolina FKT Routes

by | Apr 22, 2023 | Routes

North Carolina is home to thousands of miles of trails, and there are a lot of FKTS to explore in this beautiful state. Of the 101 posted routes and variations, 58 have no posted women’s time (57.4%).

In 2022, 18 of the 61 FKTs set in the state were by women (29.5%). We hope to see this percentage grow in the future.

If you want to set an FKT on a route that does not have a posted women’s FKT, you should search for known times on Strava and Google. 

Route NameDistance in milesElevation GainPosted Women's FKT?Best Women's Time
Mt Pisgah: Ascent 1.2700No
Pinch-In Hiking Trail: Ascent 1.51745No
King's Pinnacle: Ascent 2.0900No
Mt Pisgah: Up & Back 2.3700Yes29m 12s
Celo Knob 3.02966No
Looking Glass Ascent3.11509No
King's Pinnacle: Up & Down4.0900No
Mt Mitchell: Ascent 5.33636Yes1h 30m22s
Crowders Mtn: Crowders Only, TH to TH 5.9751No
Mt Sterling Baxter Creek Trail: Ascent 6.14156Yes1h 25m 33s
Beaverdam South Loop 6.3676No
Clingman's Dome AT (NC, TN): Ascent7.32812Yes1h 54m 41s
Table Rock Mtn: Ascent from Wolf Pit 7.82136No
Wildcat Rock Trail8.02,100No
Mill Creek to Point Lookout Loop9.4982No
Crowders Mtn: Crowders & Pinnacle, TH to TH 9.51,900Yes2h 20m21s
Sherman Branch Nature Preserve 9.5560Yes2h 1m 46s
Jacob's Branch Loop9.62493No
Pinchin-Linville River-Conley Cove-Rock Jock Loop 9.62600No
Mountains-to-Sea/Powhatan Loop 9.91,274Yes1h 22m 29s
19E to Hump Mountain (TN NC)10.52,697No
Cape Fear River Trail10.7531No
Mt Mitchell: Out & Back10.93678Yes2h 32m37s
Black Mountain Crest Trail: Ascent11.33518Yes3h 19m 0s
Mt Sterling Baxter Creek Trail: Round Trip11.84219Yes3h 35m 23s
Table Rock Mtn: Ascent from Simpson Creek 12.03254No
Clingman's Dome Noland (NC, TN)12.74,700Yes3h 34m 28s
Clingman's Dome Elkmont (NC, TN)13.34,450No
Clingman's Dome AT (NC, TN): Up & Down14.93604Yes3h 50m 28s
Clingman's Dome Deep Creek (NC, TN): Ascent15.44,800Yes3h 15m 37s
Clingman's Dome Deep Creek (NC, TN): Loop15.44,800Yes9h 10m 22s
Crowders Mtn: Mtn Ridgeline Out & Back 16.62529Yes4h 23m29s
Shining Rock Wilderness Ridge 17.24,675Yes6h 57m 42s
Mt Pisgah: River to Peak Ascent17.65250No
Chattooga River Trail to Fork Mountain to Foothills Trail Loop18.02,749No
Neusiok Trail21.1360No
The Full Crowder21.34,950No
Plott Balsam Range Traverse 21.37,694No
American Tobacco Trail: One Way 22.0595Yes2h 54m 46s
Linville Gorge: Wilderness Loop 22.04487Yes5h 58m 48s
Black Mountain Crest Trail: Out & Back 22.78058No
Standing Indian Loop 22.84,470Yes4h 54m 49s
Holly Shelter Game Land 24.4266No
Fires Creek Rim Trail (Counterclockwise)24.57,250No
Tanawha Marathon (Double Traverse)25.83025Yes6h 31m 48s
Stone Mountain State Park Every Single Trail29.06,000No
Great Smoky Mountains Peak Loop (NC, TN)30.08492Yes6h 56m 52s
Art Loeb Trail: Northbound 31.09,200Yes6h 48m10s
Art Loeb Trail: Southbound 31.09,200Yes10h 35m 52s
Medoc Mountain State Park Every Single Trail31.01,600No
Pilot Mountain State Park Every Single Trail32.04,300No
Neuse River Trail: One Way 33.0500
The Big Creek Rim34.08,000No
Linville Gorge: Hiking Circuit 34.08,000No
Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 7 34.74,646No
Eno River State Park Every Single Trail35.03,500No
Morrow Mountain State Park Every Single Trail35.04,500No
The Doughton Project36.48,500No
Mt Pisgah: Up & Back via Shut-In 36.68294No
Raven Rock State Park Every Single Trail37.04,000No
Uwharrie Trail 37.76,020No
Pitt County N-S 38.4361No
Mountain-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1339.2292No
Umstead State Park Every Single Trail 40.53,345Yes9h 44m 54s
American Tobacco Trail: Out & Back44.01050Yes8h 58m 47s
Hanging Rock State Park Every Single Trail45.08,400No
Chattooga River Trail (NC, SC, GA)46.35,500Yes10h 52m 32s
Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1 46.88,870No
Raleigh Greenway Loop 49.01153Yes14h 17m 7s
Nantahala Adventure Run 55.013724Yes17h 50m 12s
Art Loeb Trail: Out & Back 59.717464Yes21h 41m45s
Pitchell 62.011,400Yes14h 52m19s
Neuse River Trail: Out & Back 66.01000No
Run Across Carteret County 66.0No
S.C.A.R. (TN NC)70.018,000Yes17h 34m15s
South Mountains State Park Every Single Trail70.014,000No
Foothills Trail (NC, SC): One Way73.114797Yes19h 27m1s
Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 10 76.82,811Yes23h 30m 9s
Black Mountain Crest Trail: Duathlon from Asheville 90.814862No
Jones Gap State Park - Oconee State Park (NC, SC)95.025,000Yes2d 0h 56m21s
Stone Mountain - Grandfather Mountain 100.021,000Yes1d 10h 15m42s
Gritchell 100.524,075No
Bartram Trail (NC, GA)101.223592.5Yes1d 20h36m 0s
Great Smoky Mountains Big Loop (NC, TN)116.725226No
S.C.A.R. (TN NC): Double140.036000Yes2d 3h51m 26s
Foothills Trail (NC, SC): Out & Back155.232927Yes2d 15h13m 34s
Tour des Smokies163.050,000No
The High Country Loop167.435,554No
AT: Springer Mtn - Clingmans Dome (GA TN NC)178.443775No
Bartram Trail (NC, GA)218.347185No
South Beyond 6000 (NC, TN)260.0Yes6d 13h 31m0s
Southern Appalachian Loop Trail (NC, SC, GA, TN)350.0No
Southern Loop of Benton Mackaye and The AT367.0110,000No
Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive VA575.099851No
Murphy to Manteo667.0No
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 900 (NC, TN)900.0200,000No
Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Old Route 900.0Yes22d 5h 3m 0s
Mountains-to-Sea Trail: New Route 1175.0Yes29d 8h48m 0s
Appalachian Trail (AT): Northbound2189.0465,000Yes51d 16h 30m 0s
Appalachian Trail (AT): Southbound2189.0465,000Yes46d 11h 20m 0s
Appalachian Trail (AT): Yo-Yo4378.0930000No
Southern Six Pack (KY TN SC NC GA VA)No

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