John Rock Trail

EASY 7 reviews
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John Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Candler, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.4 miles Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




wild flowers


17 days ago

Trail starts at the fish hatchery as the Cat loop trail. The John Rock trail comes in at 1.8 miles, and is well marked to take a right turn. Follow the markers for a steep climb to the top. As you get close to the top, you will notice some side trails. These take you out to vistas. You need to take the third or fourth one to get to the rock face (john's rock), and beautiful views. You get back on the John's Rock trail which takes you the rest of the way up, and then down the other side of the mountain. View is well worth the climb.

1 month ago

the view is so worth it!
not to difficult.

1 month ago

Great view ... Moderate with some difficulty

1 month ago

the location is completely wrong and the distance of the hike is wrong as well but It is an awesome hike.

2 months ago

The GPS coordinates don't lead to any trails. Also, googling John Rock Trail results in a very different trail in the Pisgah National Forest.

3 months ago

This is not the correct location.

1 year ago

2 years ago

Another nice leg stretcher on the parkway. The views are obstructed most of the way, but still a nice walk in the woods.