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Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail

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Mount Mitchell State Park

Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,463 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

running

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

No facilities. Just a camping area and water source at the bottom.

Dog friendly but is difficult. Not too bad to the first real overlook but beyond very treacherous but extremely rewarding vistas.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

BIG TOM SPUR Did Big Tom spur from Buncombe horse trail. Via Colbert Creek entry Temps were below freezing. Definitely a challenge a great little climb. I'll be back again, looking at different routes to tie in other sections of the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome addition to the Mt. Mitchell trail. Views from Mt. Craig and Big Tom are great.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

I started this trail from the bottom of the Big Tom Spur. It is a very steep climb to the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Very large rocks that you need large steps to climb. This section of the trail will definitely increase your heart rate. The Black Mountain Crest section is much easier and very scenic. Mount Craig is a great spot to stop for lunch and as you climb towards Mt. Mitchell, the terrain is beautiful. Overall a challenging trail with the spur, but you will definitely feel accomplished at the end.

Lots of bees! But luckily did not get stung. We went a little past Big Tom and turned around. Bring lots of water, poles would be helpful on this trek. Spent a lot of time taking in the scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

We had gone as far as the Mt.Craig marker, it was fun and challenging, with beautiful views. Definitely want to go back and finish the route.

hiking
rocky
scramble
Mon Jun 17 2019

We lived this trail. Black Mountain Crest Trail was tough but every bit of it was worth it. After we reached the end of Big Tom we took a right and landed on Buncombe Horse Trail which was very muddy so make sure you have waterproof shoes for that. We then hit up Mount Mitchell trail and made our way back to the main parking lot. About 10 mile hike and the views were incredible. Very rocky and various types of terrain but we love that kind of hiking. Highly recommend this trail.

Very nice hike. Great views along the ridge between peaks. Only went to Mt Craig and back.

hiking
Wed May 15 2019

Hiked this Monday and it was in great shape. There are a lot of rocks to scramble over but worth it for the views. We turned back at Big Tom and logged 2.4 miles, I’ll be back to do this one again

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
washed out
Fri Mar 01 2019

Great until deciding to turn onto the Big Tom Gap Spur Trail. I’d recommend avoiding this part. Going back is many times harder.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Love this trail. It’s like stepping into an other-worldly movie set when you leave the picnic area at Mount Mitchell. I hiked out to Mount Craig and back. I’ve done it twice.

Wed Apr 04 2018

Will definitely be hiking this again. Very windy, but overall awesome trail and views.

hiking
Wed Nov 15 2017

We parked at the top of Mt Mitchell and hiked this trail to the peak of Mt Craig. It starts out easy but quickly you’re climbing hand and foot over big rocks. Very cool hike and awesome views from Mt Craig.

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

Great rough terrain and views, lush forest and rock scrambles.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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