Big Butt Trail

HARD 14 reviews
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Big Butt Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.6 miles 3504 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Burnsville, NC: Travel east on 19E for .5 mile and turn right on SR 197 (south). Stay on this road through Pensacola where the road turns to gravel. The trailhead is on the left at Cane River Gap and is marked by a forest service gate. The trail starts just before this gate on the left. No signs mark the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Not so bad on the way in, but coming back is no joke, be sure to hydrate (a lot) thighs started cramping every 15 min or so coming back up the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are just looking for great views, stop at the over look. If you want a great hike through the woods that will make your leg burn, go to the end. Beware, the end is a service road

6 months ago

Great trail. The first 2 miles are difficult then it opens up to amazing views! Great day hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, good views, lots of climbing.

hiking
1 year ago

Grate trail has a little of everything..

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

This is a great hike. Its only strenuous in certain parts, around misery point. If you want to get to the NPS marker, there is a spur trail to the left just before big butt, about a quarter mile. The trail (to the marker) is overgrown, not really a trail and not blazed. The view from big butt is not as good as the one from little butt, but worth the trek to get to the NPS marker area.

hiking
2 years ago

great hike, and some great views. Enter the parkway for easier access to the views. The other entry point has a pretty tough climb

2 years ago

great hike great views

hiking
2 years ago

Easy access either from Asheville area or Burnsville. Trailhead is well marked and only one other hiker today. A little hazy so not the greatest views, but gorgeous day for a hike. Nice easy climb up and then levels off for a bit. Didn't make it all the way to the Parkway, but plan to come in from that direction next time. Love the variation of this trail. Will definitely do again.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful trail, almost 9 miles to Point Misery and back, quite a bit more than 600 ft elevation change. Pretty views when leaves off the trees. July and August can have a lot of big nettle, may need long pants and sleeves.

hiking
4 years ago

Great trail for day hiking where you still get the feeling of being deep in the woods. No road noise and no people. Great views of Mt michell and the entire Black Mountain Crest. Ridge walk that breaks away steeply on both sides gives a good feel for the elevation and lots of views with the leaves still off the trees. Several of the miles on this trail have the uniqe, high elevation characteristics-- not just the typical path in the woods. There is a nice spring on the switchback just below the summit of Big Butt that would make an adequate water source.

hiking
5 years ago

This was a fun hike! The views are awesome, A goo weekend activity.

hiking
6 years ago

fun hike beautiful area, 15 below zero 7:00am 3ft snow. Who could ask for any better conditions for a night at Jenkins shelter.