hiking

hiking
16 days ago

mountain biking
19 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

We did this hike clockwise, starting on the left side of the parking lot (if looking into the woods). The trail starts along the Davidson and is relatively flat to begin with. Midway through the hike is pretty uphill. On the descent you can start to see various falls and little water pools. To see these you must take the little side trails off the main trail to the right. These occur with roughly 1.5 miles - 1 mile left in the hike. Therefore if you want a short hike to the falls start at the entrance on the right hand side of the parking lot (if looking into the woods) and take the side trails on your left about 1-1.5miles in.

Seemed like a nice alternative after a lengthy stretch of the AP. Side trip to John Rock was a good climb but really muddy. We also ran into a black bear near the top, so the trip was truncated without the views (or bodily harm, thank goodness). A torrential downpour ended the Cat Loop portion but that's the beauty of getting away from it all -- although there were a few more people around than anticipated. Maybe next time it'll get 5 stars.

I don't know how to give stars to trails. we did just the trail to the waterfall going in counterclockwise direction going on unofficial trail enabling excellent view of waterfall. this hike was easy but fun. my 12 year old son and very in shape 76 year old dad did it no problem. falls are beautiful. walk is terrific. the crossing across the water at bottom of waterfall was not a problem going rock to rock. I would do this hike again. when I have good connection I will upload photos. a few last points. this hike is very easy to get to from Brevard area and doesn't require long trip on blue ridge to get there.

backpacking
1 month ago

came up with 2 friends, one of which had previously hiked the trail last year, for 2 nights and 2 days. we came on the easy side (parking lot) the first night (11pm and raining) and hiked in roughly a mile to set up camp for the night. the folllowing morning we packed our gear and came back down to refill water before heading up the harder side next to the fish hatchery. we posted camp at the picklesimer fields around noon and ate lunch. hike to John's Rock was good and challenging; we were able to complete the hike with various breaks and a 30 minute stop at the top in about 4 hours. we made it back to the field around 5 and made dinner. this place turned out to be a nice place to find with a good challenging hike that's not too long with an incredible view that is very rewarding. we plan on returning soon and possibly adding the butter gap trail to the trip

hiking
1 month ago

a strong 3 1/2 stars. I wish we knew John rock trail going to further up and offering views. a few steep areas but a fairly easy and beautiful day hike.

good day hike. my GPS put it at 7.75 miles. few steep areas most most were not severe. some nice views, be better in fall, winter or early spring. last few miles by Davidson river are nice. the forestry service was not aware of this loop trail and That at 3.7 miles you take the north sloop connector to North slope back to beginning of Art Loeb.

on Cat Gap Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

I would do this trail earlier in the spring or in the fall. Today it is humid and hot. I loved the trail but the kids I had with me, aged 11, 10, and 7, were not that impressed . It took us 3.5 hours with a lunch stop at the junction with the John Rock trail. If I had researched more, I would have taken half the cat gap loop, the cat loop bypass, and the John Rock trail. I think it would have been a little harder /longer but would have had a good payoff in the views...

A great little getaway

Great hike. Not too busy. Definitely a moderate climb, but the descent down wasn't bad. We went clockwise.

Couldn't find the waterfalls though...