Bartram Trail: Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain

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Nantahala National Forest

Bartram Trail: Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRocky
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This route is a section of the much longer Bartram Trail. The start of this section is Jones Gap, which cannot be accessed by vehicle. If you use the "Directions" button on this page, you will get close to the start of this trail, but not all the way to the starting point.

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Jack Kelly
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Nancy Henson
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Rocky terrain, lots of roots, mucky areas once in a while. Moderate to difficult

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Warren Brown
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Kevin M
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Maegan White
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You need a four wheel drive vehicle to drive up the gravel road. The gate behind the parking are is the trail you take. Great overlooks along the way! Rocks are slick so be careful. Took the dogs with me and had a blast in my Jeep.

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Renae Kraft Berenson
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It was gorgeous! The ride to the top was fun in the Jeep. I couldn’t record hike, but lots of cool lookout points.

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Chris M
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Awesome views. Not to hard of a hike.

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Jake Brennan
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Jasmine Chen
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Very nice trail, easy to follow with the trail mark. View is spectacular.

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Lance Abbott
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great condition. follow the signs to Bartram Trail to find the start.

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Michael Salter
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moderate climb and descents, well maintained trail. heavy traffic on a Saturday.

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Kate Hendrickson
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The trail is good. Some decent ascents and descents to keep things interesting. Not too many muddy areas right now but could be a mess after a big rain. The views are spectacular and either Jones knob or Whiterock is a good place for a picnic! Just be aware that when the AllTrails App says you have arrived at the trailhead that is just the beginning of the narrow gravel road to the trailhead parking!!

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Ken Powers
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Julia Lennox
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Beautiful quiet forest walk - views bit obscured due to clouds , but journey was worth it. Saw total of 7 people over 5 miles. Use Apple Maps not google and it will take you to the right starting point.

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Lori Brand Stall
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Incorrect instructions to trailhead but very well maintained. Wonderful!

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Kelley Snyder
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Awesome hike with great views at top of Whiterock mountain! Mud wasn’t bad considering it poured rain yesterday.

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Sandy Hunter
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Chuck MacKenzie
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Well marked beautiful views at Lookout does have a lot of foot traffic

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Ken Hoskinson
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Fun trail. A little slippery today but it rained all night.

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Meghann Gibbons
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Best view EVER!!!

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Suzanne Wojcik
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Nice trail. Lots of flowers. Beautiful views. Found a lost dog. Returned to owners at trail head. They left and we called them in which they came back to get him. Chants

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Ashley Ramcharan
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Great trail, slightly overgrown in areas. Not too strenuous with a pretty view.

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Frances Vogel
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As other reviews said, the GPS ends and you keep going, but we had no problem with the signage and found it easily. This Hike is the RIGHT trail. Once at the trail head the map there didn't direct us to this spot directly. It gave 2 options neither of them this hike. You had to look carefully to make sure you headed the correct direction. No cell service to look at the map either. Next time I will download it prior to the hike. I found the hike to be relatively easy with moderate up hill but mostly flat. The view from Whiterock was spectacular.

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Debbie Hunt
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Navigation did not tell me that I had to make a turn off of Dendy Orchard Road to get to the trail head. When I needed to make that turn may have been when it said “arrived”. However once Backtracked and found the small sign for Bertram Trail it was many miles up a very nice dirt road until I arrived at the location. Be patient,you will get there eventually. Jacobs Knob is worth the side detour; a little steep for 3/10 of a mile but worth it. Bertram Trail as far as the cut off for White Rock Mountain is easy and enjoyable. The moderate climb to White Rock Mountain is again about 3/10 of a mile and worth the moderate climb. Don’t choose these trails if you want to be alone. Even during the week there were quite a few other hikers.

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Baker Allie
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**FOUND DOG at Jones Gap Trailhead. Please reach out to me if you are missing your pup. He is the sweetest dog and a great hiking companion. ** The trail flora was beautiful at this time of year (late June). I love that there were signs indicating the genus and species of the plants with descriptions. It made it a lot easier than trying to find it online. One note for getting to the Trailhead— if you’re driving from Turtle Pond Rd direction, there is one badly rutted out area just before the road to the trail. With 2 wheel drive, we barely made it up. We almost gave up until someone reassured us we could make it at the perfect speed without slowing or speeding up. I’m happy they told us to try again! Just a warning.

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Rachel Sadens
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Great hike to make an easy day out of. A handful of great view spots to sit and enjoy. There were sporadic storms in the area so we sat at the top of Jones and watched them go by before heading over to Whiterock. The hike was fun, in the easy side, and full of different plants. Whiterock's views were breathtaking. And plenty of space to spread out away from others. While enjoying lunch, we took in the sights and sounds and at one point heard a pack of coyotes in the distance. Saw another couple bring a bottle of wine to the top and I definitely think that'll be our plan next trip. Hike was easy enough for our two small pups to manage but also decent workout. Definitely want to come back to camp on the Bartram trail.

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Stacey W
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Great hike. The drive up was also very beautiful. 4 wheel drive isn’t necessary but always nice to have. The gravel road is nicely graded and maintained. The trail is spectacular. Loved the educational signs about the native vegetation. The view at White Rock was magnificent. We stayed and had a nice lunch soaking up the amazing view. Easy out and back

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Allison Clements
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Hiked on April 29th out-&-back to Jones Knob for the panoramic view. Beautiful drive there was a bonus! Gravel road to trailhead is well maintained.

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Sarah Korellis
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Great trail through woods to an amazing 360 view from white rock.

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