Little Butt and Point Misery Hike

MODERATE 5 reviews
#23 of 51 trails in

Little Butt and Point Misery Hike is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 1309 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Ridge Views, Fall Colors, Good Exercise The trail is a generally ascending, descending ridge-line walk, with some outstanding views of the Mt. Mitchell Range. Fall would probably be the best time for this hike , when the leaves turn to their Autumn colors. There are a couple of pretty steep climbs, going out from the low gap to Little Butt, and returning from the low gap to Point Misery 22 switchbacks, Well Named. There is no water on this trail bring plenty. Do not pull the Ramps, they are Federally protected. You will be arrested if you are caught with them.

15 days ago

Great hike...well worth the view! Seems to go along a Ridgeline so there's some views on each side of the trail. One passed one couple during this hike so it's nice if you don't want to be around a bunch of people. Coming from Asheville the parking off the parkway is to the left where the trail starts. There are two trail heads, one is the mountains to sea and the other to the left corner that is not marked is this trail head. Very peaceful hike, lots of loud buzzing flies though.

24 days ago

Hiked this trail on 10/2/2016. The sign at the parking lot was missing, and there was no sign to indicate the start of this trail. Our book said it was a white rectangle blaze, but it is a white diamond blaze. Apart from all of that confusion, it was a glorious hike through the woods. Easy hike with strenuous climbs, but the view is well worth it!! We were the only ones on the trail on the way up and passed 2 people on the way back. Had flies buzzing about for most of the hike, but very quiet otherwise.

4 months ago

Lovely hike. Nice high altitude walk, above 5000' in a mix of balsam and deciduous trees with the forest floor lined with ferns. I could not find any views at Point Misery. A very nice vista is around 2.3 miles on the east side of Little Butt.

2 years ago

nicely maintained trail. far enough it there to loose all traffic noise. when I got to the parking lot on the parkway there were a lot of cars but only saw one person.

2 years ago

This is a peaceful trail with great conditions for various mushrooms on the trail. Be careful of the stairs, they are slippery and there is no railing. I walked up on a lot of various birds. There is a good variety of plant/animal life, and since I don't believe there are a lot of hikers on this trail, bring the bear spray. There are various berries along the trail and plenty of signs that black bears travel this trail frequently.