Coontree Gap is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Brevard, NC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April.
There's a Coontree picnic area with a large parking area and rest rooms. Cross the road to get to the trail head.
I hiked the loop in a clockwise direction, which is what I would recommend. There's a single track that splits off after about a half-mile or so. Go to the left. The upward path is a very nice track, not too difficult. Lots of little stream crossings, some with footbridges. This section is marked no mountain bikes, and it shows...it's very nice. Pretty.
When you get to the top of the mountain, turn right onto Bennett Gap Trail. Sadly, the section of this loop is very, very, very badly eroded by mountain bike use. The reason I would recommend going in a clockwise direction is because of this erosion. It's easier to head downhill on the eroded trail than uphill. You'll reach an intersection marked as Coontree Loop, and turn right to go back downhill and home. Even though this trail is marked for hiking only, it also has some significant mountain bike erosion. Not as bad as Bennett Gap.
It's a nice loop...easy-to-moderate overall. Frankly, if you're going to do it, I'd take the prettier left-hand trail as an up-and-back rather than do the loop.
This was always my quick get away hike-it was a good cardio but close to town There are too many people in the summer but in the off season it was perfect for a busy mom. Saw my first bear on this hike.