This is a real easy trail. If your a beginner or just want an easy day on the trails this is it. We've hiked this trail once before in the winter,and enjoyed it. It has had maintenance on the bridges which is nice. Some are still just logs to get across,although I enjoy the logs. But we couldn't take our dog on the trail before the maintenance because of the gaps in the log bridges. Not much to see on the trail ,it is also a mountain bike trail so look out for them as well. All around,just an easy trail for one of those days where you don't feel like pushing too hard.
This was a great hike! It was more of an incline than we thought it would be..its marked as moderate on this app,but it's actually marked as very difficult on the trail. A lot of roots and rocks ,but the trail is an interesting trail. Taking the bypass to John Rock is highly recommended if your up for a little more distance and incline,but the views are pretty amazing. It took us about 3 hrs-6 miles ,but we also hung out at Johns Rock for a little while. There were many people who were camping here and there,so if your up for pitching a tent,there are many flat areas. All around,we really enjoyed this hike ! Also, the store at the education center where you park has a map of the trail. I would stop in there and grab one before you go. It's open till 4:30pm.
Beautiful trail! We parked at the Pisgah Education Center/fish hatchery and started the loop closer to the Education Center building. Gorgeous ferns and rhododendrons along the route and some wild blueberries and blackberries. We added on the John Rock spur/Cat Gap Bypass which I'd highly recommend. The view of Looking Glass from John Rock is incredible!