Butter Gap to Cat Gap Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Butter Gap to Cat Gap Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles
1,735 feet

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers


28 days ago

Great hike! Took me 3.5 hours to do the Loop and clocked more than 9.4 miles total; certainly more than what’s advertised on the site. Waterfalls, thick rhododendron forests, but very muddy and slick in some places. Going up Art Loeb was great and passing by the campsites was fun near dark.

1 month ago

My son (age 4.5), husband, and I did this trail with one modification in June. It was a great backpacking loop for us. The first day we hiked in about 1.5 miles and started to look for a campsite, which we found 0.6 miles off the loop at the intersection of cat gap bypass and cat gat loop. Not liking to back track, we hiked around cat gat loop to get back to the planned route, which we then finished as defined here. The waterfall on this trail was pretty spectacular-- when you are right up close to it to view, it is REALLY LOUD. The trail is pretty, lush, and varied, lovely for a warm weekend with a child in tow. There are no scenic views on this trail. All in all, a trip worth doing but probably not one to do multiple times unless you live close by. On the second day we hiked from 8 am to 3 pm with plenty of breaks for water play as necessary by a 4.5 year old-- his longest day yet at 7.3 miles, but that just goes to show how easy the trail is.
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5 months ago

Nice trail but needs more blazes.

7 months ago

By far one of the coolest hikes. This hike offered a TON of spots to free climb along the rock face and climb your own route. If you’re used to doing John’s Rock, add this and you’ll love it. Some great rock rock faces scrambling!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Even in the rain, great trail

Monday, February 13, 2017

My wife and I backpacked this loop in January. We added John Rock in as well, and that is well worth it - great views of the hatchery and Looking Glass Rock. I highly recommend going clockwise as it will give you steadier inclines. Cedar Rock gives you some nice rockface views - this is also marks your last major incline. Camp out at the A-frame Butter Gap shelter or keep going - there are literally dozens of campsites along the trail. However, most water sources are on the west end of the trail, along with a couple great waterfalls. The last 3 miles are a smooth descent with the sound of running water as you go.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Varies landscape with a couple of great waterfalls

Monday, July 18, 2016

Parked at 475 where you would start Pilot Road or Farlow Gap. Took the Art Loeb in the other direction until it joined with Butter Gap. Took that until Long Branch and took that back to 475 and car. GPS was acting up but seemed like about 10 miles. Art Loeb portion can be steep but the rest is pretty low key. All is beautiful, however, and the Butter Gap portion has a number of nice creek crossings and a beautiful waterfall.

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