Pump Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Pump Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
1,069 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers


Wooded up hill hike that eventually connects with AT and Lovers Leap. This is a 3.5 mile somewhat strenuous hike. From the trail head, hike east while following the orange blazes.There is a camp ground (Silvermine) on your right as you begin the hike. The first mile is a gradual up hill. The 2nd mile is almost straight up hill until Pump Gap intersects the Appalachian Trail This is an elevation gain of 1,000 ft. At the AT, turn right or hike west. This is a nice, relatively flat one mile section that follows a ridgeline. depending on the time of year, you can hear and see the French Broad River to your left. Just before heading downhill on the AT, there is a very nice over look above Hot Springs. From this over look stay on the AT until it intersects Lovers Leap Trail. Take this last 1/2 mile straight down hill until it intersects with the Silver mine service road. Turn left on Silver mine back to the cars.

1 month ago

Great hike. Definitely a workout. Allow 3-3.5hrs at a leisurely pace. I recommend following the river first since that incline doesn’t seem as bad. If you go up lovers trail right away, get ready for a challenge!

4 months ago

Began hike on the AT hiked for two hours to Pump Gap where we joined the Pump Gap Loop Trail. Hiked back to Silvermine Parking area. This was a beautiful hike. Took us a total of three hours. Highly recommend the hike. Great views of Hot Springs on the AT.

7 months ago

we did the pump gap loop from the Silvermine trailhead, a few hundred yards up the little road from the parking area on the river. the trail map posted there lists it as 5.6m and shows a very different trail route than what this app shows. also, this app consistently showed me well east of the route according to the map on this app. so I don't know what to think..be careful, follow the yellow blazes for the route we did, we were on trail just over 3 hrs & are average hikers at worst I'd say. update-i think what this app shows/describes is a combination of an AT section and part of the pump gap loop. Be aware. Also, we did take a wrong turn at one point, cost us like 20 mins, so that lengthened our time on trail.

9 months ago

We had a little trouble finding the trailhead after we parked, but once we got going it was a real pleasure. The Pump Gap part of the trail was a little trickier—recent rains have covered the trail with some downed trees and rocks. But once we got to the AT, it was smooth and very well maintained. Took us about 1.75 hours to complete the loop. Recommended!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Great hike with good winter views. The views are limited in summer but it is still a great hike. With the trip.

Monday, November 27, 2017

nice hike not great scenic views, but enjoyable hike.

Monday, August 07, 2017

A hard but fun trail! All of us are still sore - a good workout due to the vertical incline. The view isn't that great and it was actually 5.6 miles, not 3.4. It took us 2 hours to get through.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This trail has no views, but it's a good walk in the woods, with some uphill intervals that make for a decent workout.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Nice trail

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great hike took about 3 hours round trip. Some beautiful views. You can start right from the town of hot springs and anyone in the town can give you directions to the trailhead. I think it is one of the best hikes if your staying in hot springs. Enjoy

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