Butter Gap to Cat Gap Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Butter Gap to Cat Gap Trail is a 8.2 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.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2004 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

camping
6 months ago

Even in the rain, great trail

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

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.

backpacking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Varies landscape with a couple of great waterfalls

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

hiking
Saturday, September 06, 2014