Doughton Recreation Area Loop is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Abshers, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This Doughton Loop starts at the parking area on Longbottom Road. You will cross the road and start out on the trail. You will take a right on the Cedar Ridge Trail and follow it for 4.3 miles as it ascends to the Blue Ridge Parkway. You will connect at that point with the Mountains to Sea Trail (also known as the Bluff Mountain Trail). You will stay on this trail for 7 miles enjoying many gorgeous views along the way. Once you arrive at the Basin Cove Overlook, you will head down the mountain on the Flat Rock Ridge Trail for 5 miles. At the end of Flat Rock Ridge Trail, you will have completed the loop by returning to your vehicle. This is a strenuous trail due to distance and elevation gain, but it is a very enjoyable dayhike if you want to push the limits. There is also a primitive campsite 1.7 miles from the start of this loop. There is a campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway as well, but it is only open during the Spring through Fall months.