Big Butt Trail

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Big Butt Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,277 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Burnsville, NC: Travel east on 19E for .5 mile and turn right on SR 197 (south). Stay on this road through Pensacola where the road turns to gravel. The trailhead is on the left at Cane River Gap and is marked by a forest service gate. The trail starts just before this gate on the left. No signs mark the trailhead.

trail running
1 month ago

I only did 6 miles (RT). I started at the Walker Knob overlook, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take path to the Left that points in the direction of Big Butt. You will be on Big Butt Trail. In 6 miles (RT), you can ascend and descend Pt. Misery (no view), and climb to Little Butt Overlook. There is a rock outcropping with a view here. I kept going pass Little Butt overlook for another half-mile. The trail is a bit less well-maintained after Little Butt, but still very obvious for the additional half-mile that I took. When I got to 3 miles, I turned around and returned to parking lot. Nice trail. Enjoyed the hike. Ran for much of it. Do this is you want a great walk in the woods. Trail has lots of steps--see photos.

hiking
3 months ago

We started at the Blue Ridge Parkway turnoff for Walkers Overlook. Bit confusing as no actual overlook, just trees. Trail was well marked, one place a tree had fallen but after a second we found a trodden route around. Perfectly spaced, new-looking stairs. We stopped at the summit of Big Butt as another reviewer explained, the path was marked with pink blazes and clear. The trip back was a lot easier than the way up except for going up Misery Point which we counted only 8 switchbacks after preparing mentally for 10, so not too bad. Only saw one other person on a Friday. Good workout on the hills and amazing clear day with long views through mostly bare trees, birds circling, and early spring flowers.

walking
7 months ago

It’s a workout. You’ll leave tired. Pretty area.

hiking
10 months ago

My favorite hike so far in NC!

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

I live .05 mile from the END of this trail (US Forest Property between Yancey / Buncombe county) and have been hiking the trail in reverse; I start at the forest gate and end at Point Misery. From this starting point (Yancey / Buncombe county line), the trail is KILLER! All uphill, strenuous and definitely a workout for the legs. Although it is a bit more strenuous from this starting point, I find myself hiking this trail at least 1/month. Its beautiful. If you are into holistic foraging, this trail is definitely for you! I'll be taking pictures on today's hike to update but this trail is equally beautiful in the Spring / Summer / Fall and most definitely, WINTER! The elevation gain is tremendous that you start out with beautiful weather and hike to tree's covered in snow crystals, truly beautiful.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

We hiked up from Cane River Gal and only went about 6.6 of the trail round trip because of a late start. A beautiful frosty day in January before the first ridiculously late snows of the season. A great trail and cardiovascular work out. We stopped just shy of the hill around Bug Butt and walked into the woods finding a spring head and draw that leads to Indian Fork River.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Not so bad on the way in, but coming back is no joke, be sure to hydrate (a lot) thighs started cramping every 15 min or so coming back up the mountain.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

If you are just looking for great views, stop at the over look. If you want a great hike through the woods that will make your leg burn, go to the end. Beware, the end is a service road

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Great trail. The first 2 miles are difficult then it opens up to amazing views! Great day hike.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Great hike, good views, lots of climbing.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Grate trail has a little of everything..

hiking
Sunday, April 12, 2015

This is a great hike. Its only strenuous in certain parts, around misery point. If you want to get to the NPS marker, there is a spur trail to the left just before big butt, about a quarter mile. The trail (to the marker) is overgrown, not really a trail and not blazed. The view from big butt is not as good as the one from little butt, but worth the trek to get to the NPS marker area.

hiking
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

great hike, and some great views. Enter the parkway for easier access to the views. The other entry point has a pretty tough climb

Thursday, October 16, 2014

great hike great views

hiking
Monday, March 10, 2014

Easy access either from Asheville area or Burnsville. Trailhead is well marked and only one other hiker today. A little hazy so not the greatest views, but gorgeous day for a hike. Nice easy climb up and then levels off for a bit. Didn't make it all the way to the Parkway, but plan to come in from that direction next time. Love the variation of this trail. Will definitely do again.

hiking
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beautiful trail, almost 9 miles to Point Misery and back, quite a bit more than 600 ft elevation change. Pretty views when leaves off the trees. July and August can have a lot of big nettle, may need long pants and sleeves.

hiking
Sunday, April 01, 2012

Great trail for day hiking where you still get the feeling of being deep in the woods. No road noise and no people. Great views of Mt michell and the entire Black Mountain Crest. Ridge walk that breaks away steeply on both sides gives a good feel for the elevation and lots of views with the leaves still off the trees. Several of the miles on this trail have the uniqe, high elevation characteristics-- not just the typical path in the woods. There is a nice spring on the switchback just below the summit of Big Butt that would make an adequate water source.

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2011

This was a fun hike! The views are awesome, A goo weekend activity.

hiking
Thursday, June 10, 2010

fun hike beautiful area, 15 below zero 7:00am 3ft snow. Who could ask for any better conditions for a night at Jenkins shelter.

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