Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Pisgah National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

14 hours ago

Pleasant mixed terrain, steeper sections with more moderate sections alternating with nice view points. Very nice.

Great 360 view of the smokies!

Nice trail but it can be pretty crowded. Watch out for snakes all over the rock face.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome adventure on our last hike! The bridge had been washed away so we simply crossed through the creek on the hike in. As soon as we got to the falls we got hit with a massive storm. We raced back up the trail and when we got back to the bridgeless crossing the creek had become a raging river. We used some rope and rigged up a harness so we could safely get through the water without getting swept away. We were soaked but it was an awesome experience!

hiking
2 days ago

After several weeks of rain, this was the perfect opportunity to hike this beautiful trail. The Falls were very cool and refreshing after a somewhat difficult hike. Guess, I should have traveled left instead of right?!? It appears that a lot of mountain biking is done on this trail. A good portion of the trail follows a stream and there were many opportunities to take photos. Definitely put this one on your bucket list.

What a beautiful hike. And quite a workout! Definitely go see Calloway Peak and sit for a bit at the nearby overlook.

Short and sweet with a nice overlook. Parking area has great view of Grandfather Mountain. We were there on a very foggy day but when the clouds cleared for a few moments it looked amazing!

literally almost lost my life And my dogs life's. tails is not marked!!!!!;
stay away!!!! please

hiking
6 days ago

This was a beautiful hike and gave us a great view as we are learning our new home. The only down side was the road there was a bit confusing the first time. Stop and ask any locals you see on your way up... they were very helpful. Follow signs to the picnic area

What a great hike (May 12th) and what spectacular views from Calloway Peak! This is a well travelled route with the first third easy to moderate, the middle very strenuous as the upward slope seems to endure a very long time and the last third a mixed portion of climb and plateau. Give yourself 6-8 hours to complete this hike (we logged 270 floors climbed and 24000 steps), bring some energy bars and a lunch and lots of water. About 2/3 up is a trickling freshwater spring where you can fill your water bottle for the way down ... and don't underestimate the energy you require for the downhill portion. The views were spectacular from the 4 lookout points at the peak and the few small ladder portions (max ladder height was 6 steps) weren't an issue at all - they're solid and well secured. We were exhausted by the return to the parking lot, but we set ourselves a pretty solid pace clocking complete just over 6 hours!

really good spot, easily accessible and falls were impressive. great short afternoon hike following a long morning hike. would recommend.

gorgeous panoramic views. 360 degree unobstructed awesomeness.

short, nice little beauty spot. must see all 4 seasons

short, nice swim spot, get your cardio coming back out

Short hike. Well maintained. Over all very pretty.

See also: Coffee Pot Mountain Loop Trail for more reviews and recordings. The name of this trail in particular makes more sense, since it actually uses the trail names in the title. You are indeed walking around the base of coffee pot mountain though on the second half. Note that when facing the sign in the parking area with the enlarged maps and info, the trail head will be behind you. The trail head to the left of the sign (if you're looking at it) is also named Trace Ridge, but it takes you into a totally different area to the south, intersecting with Wash Creek Trail.
There are two paths for the Coffee Pot Mountain Loop: The way in, and the way out. The gravel road with the barrier gate will be the way you'll come out at the end, which is to the left if facing both paths. Take the path to the right that appears to go uphill. That's the way in for this particular route, unless you'd like to take it backwards of course.
The first 1/3 of the hike has all the incline, as shown on the elevation map. There are short spurts of technical, rocky, narrow areas that bring you up along Trace Ridge north toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Note that I'm not an athlete, but have been getting in shape for hikes and the incline portion of this trail was a great workout. There were awesome level terrain zones to give breaks and breathers between the incline zones, which is why the trail is rated as moderate. Keep your shoes tight, because the rocks and terrain are loose in some spots. The trail in general on this northern trek is quite narrow indeed, surrounded by mountain laurel, and there were lots of spider webs (carry a stick and wave it in front lol).
The sign at the northern end that splits toward the Blue Ridge Parkway was clearly marked. We didn't go that route, but easy enough to navigate if you want to add a view to your hike. You can hear the parkway traffic in this area and as you head back south into the next part of the loop. This is where the route changes to Spencer Gap with yellow blazes. Traffic fades as you go down by the water. The descent as you head south is quite gradual and very enjoyable. Do not take the red blazes or the blue blazes unless you want to change up the route. Look at the map before you go and take one with you, because there are quite a few intersections. One intersection in particular was confusing when it came to a gravel road. Look across the road, and slightly to the right, the trail continues on south with yellow markings and a sign with Spencer on it (might say Spencer Gap or Spencer Branch).
There were many many water crossings, and after the first one I saw I walked barefoot for a few miles. Some crossings were definitely too deep for shoes or boots. I'll bring water shoes next time for sure. It was so great to cool off in the creek on a hot day. Made the hike so rewarding!
Anyway I know this was a long review, but I hope it helps someone. Walking along the creek was my favorite part of the trail, since it was filled with wonderful smells and sounds with refreshing breaks. :D

Nice picnic spot and camping spot with Great views. Gets crowded by noon and the drive up is a bit rough.

Best overlook is off a sidetrail shortly before you get to the peak if you are going counterclockwise! Will look like a small granite rock face but it's a huge area to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
11 days ago

Perfect short hike. Typically I'll do this one early morning when fewer crowds and before breakfast. There are some steep areas that are unconsolidated large rocks, but the trail is well maintained. Trailhead is at the end of the parking lot, don't be tricked by the small trail near the overlook at the front of the parking lot

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful, well-maintained trail with many wild flowers along the way to a worthy summit view - albeit next to a huge broadcast tower. Difficulty level is so subjective, but I’d say this is more of an easy than moderate trail, mainly because it’s just so short. The last bit is a bit steep but no more than being on a stair master for 15 or 20 mins. The rest of the hike is pretty mellow. Took a little over an hour for me and I’m pretty slow.

Very easy walk to a beautiful waterfall! Wasn’t very relaxing as there were quite a few people and screaming children there. Don’t forget to check out the old mica mine!

Hiked this today with the girlfriend. it's a nice hike and well worth it because it's not far to a nice little waterfall. Seen a copper head in the first place you cross the Creek.

love this loop! nice elevation change, multiple water crossings, 2 documented on trail waterfalls and a few more if you like to bushwack. get your hike on

started from the kawana side, about 8.5 miles and counted 6 waterfalls. Beautiful loop, highly recommend.

short easy well worth it-must do every season. first 1/4 mile or so is uphill and rocky but not as steep as harpers falls. then coast 1.5 to beautiful views

short, somewhat steep hike to beautiful 360 views of the area.

this is #258 Wilson Creek and 258a Wilson Creek spur on the WNC trail guide. Lots of downed trees when we went, gets narrow and not well blazed but easy to follow. A couple hidden waterfalls if you don't mind going of trail a bit.

birding
15 days ago

Beautiful views of the sky and surrounding areas for a short trip!

There is also a rock wall just off the main trail that is frequented by the rockclimbers that set up shop nearby.

And if your lucky youll see tons of birds! :)

Bring a lot of water! This hike is very strenuous with many boulders and unconventional changes in elevation.

The views are good but this is more of a challenge rather than one you go for views. This is due to the fact that land devolpment is viewable from most of the side of the mountain that this trail on.

Connect this with the grandfather trail and leave a car at each side for an easy all the way hike that you dont have to hike all the way back from. Or you could head down the mountain if you really dont want to feel your legs the next day.

hiking
15 days ago

Pretty Hike, nice falls, but nothing crazy. Nothing strenuous...we carried babies on our backs - very doable

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