Cat Gap Loop Trail

MODERATE 102 reviews

Cat Gap Loop Trail is a 4.2 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
859 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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1 month ago

Well marked trail. Ended up going to "John Rock" which was an amazing view not too strenuous but still a decent amount of elevation change.

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1 month ago

A fairly strenuous uphill hike with nothing that great to look at. The previous reviews were misleading and I completely disagree that this was an awesome trail.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Awesome hike!

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2 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views at the top. We took the John Rock trail off the Cat Gap trail and the views were amazing!! It took us about 3 hours with a toddler and we stopped for lunch at the big rock. Lots of creeks and streams to cross...a little muddy in some areas. We saw lots of dogs. Trail is pretty well groomed. Well worth it!!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Definitely one to do! Be sure to check out John Rock also!

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2 months ago

Loved it!! Took the long loop approx 4.5 hours
View is amazing

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2 months ago

Lovely hike. Hope to return to exlplore more.

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2 months ago

We entered Cat Gap Loop by crossing the big bridge just to the left and behind the building that houses the Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery. After crossing the bridge you will turn right onto Cat Gap Loop(orange blaze) .In otherwise we hiked counter-clockwise. The first 2 miles of the trail is in excellent condition. It is mostly a steady uphill pull.. We took the bypass instead of the longer outer loop.At the end of the bypass (yellow blaze), you meet back up with Cat Gap Loop and you can turn left here to ascend up to John's Rock. We stayed straight ahead continuing on Cat Gap Loop. This is where the trail really deteriorates, it is straight down hill for about 1.7 miles! It is rocky, stumpy, and not easily hiked..use caution! You will meet up with the John Rock trail again and shortly it will pretty much flatten back out and the trail improves again. You will end up coming out beside the Davidson River and then the parking lot back at the Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery Center. I am only giving this hike 3 stars because we did not go up to John's Rock. If we had hiked up to John's Rock I am sure we would rate it at least 4 stars maybe more. Our hike was a little over 4 miles and it took us 3 hours (including breaks)