Big Butt Trail is a 11.6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Great trail. The first 2 miles are difficult then it opens up to amazing views! Great day hike.
Great hike, good views, lots of climbing.
Grate trail has a little of everything..
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.
great hike, and some great views. Enter the parkway for easier access to the views. The other entry point has a pretty tough climb
great hike great views
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.
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.