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Cat Gap Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,040 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Please note that portions of this trail may be closed and trail may not be able to completed as a loop.

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Reviews (280)
Photos (531)
Recordings (168)
Completed (793)
Alex Krasnov
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

Well maintained trail, although a few more markers at intersections wouldn't hurt. I hiked with my dog the day after a rain and there were lots of very muddy spots, (dog was thrilled!), but they are easy to navigate with proper footwear. There was very little traffic - I only saw five groups. My 54lb dog walks/runs/hikes a lot, but this was still a challenging trail for her. We went clockwise and some of the steep spots might be a struggle for a smaller dog. There are tons of river/creek crossings for extra drinks and cooling off. Some of the bridges are not dog friendly, but we were able to safely and easily cross through the water in those spots.

Sherry Burton
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Hiking

Technically, this was just a quick hike down Cat Gap to Butter Gap (about 2.7 miles each way) to see two waterfalls. It was our last day here, so we wanted to keep the hike short and simple. Nice for photo taking and to stretch your legs. Small elevation change, so would be easy for little ones.

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Mark Feldman
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Hiking

We went clockwise which seems more strenuous than counterclockwise. The uphill portion is no joke and we wound up taking the bypass as whether started coming in. My watch said it was 4.6 miles and my wife’s said 7 miles so curious to see what everyone else says. It was overall a great hike and my 10 and 7 year old girls were able to do it without much complaining.

TruthTrekker Peoples
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Scenic driving

Great hike and not hard for injured knees. Super waterfall at the early part if you go counterclockwise. Great view of looking glass on the other side. Did the whole loop instead of the bypass and made it 8 miles.

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Alex H.
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Hiking

Beautiful hike - but never did find the waterfall that others pictured and that the hike describes. Closer to a 5.5 mile loop, rather than the 4.7 indicated.

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rick Rote
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Hiking

nice trail. Recommend going counterclockwise for a more gradual climb.

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Emily Shea
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Hiking

Great trail that easily connects into John Rock Loop. Nice mix or up and downhill terrain. A fun one to bring pups!

Danielle Daume
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Hiking

Decent amount of elevation gain, we did the loop clockwise. Very foggy day/low clouds so we didn’t have much of a view from John’a rock. Several parts of the trail were through tall rhododendron. There was no sign for the short spur leading to the base of the waterfall near the end of the trail, so keep your eyes out! After crossing a bridge over a stream it was about 0.25 until the path to the waterfall.

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Aaron Rich
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Not bad! This recording is counter-clockwise and involves 2 detours to the original route. The first is a “bypass” trail that has yellow-blazes. This allows you to save a little bit of time to get right to John Rock trail (also yellow-blazes). The second is a visit up to John Rock. Pretty steep if you’re coming up from the south, but worth the view. Would do again!

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Tim Grigg
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HikingBlowdown
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Polina Bondarchuk
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This is a great hike for summer because of the high altitude and wind. Beautiful hike and lots of great scenic views!

Daniel Andriychuk
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Hiking

there are multiple trails and it can get confusing if you want to see the view you must go to johns rock. fastest way there is to go left up the trail than take a right at the fork about a mile up.

Matthew Polito
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Robert Carlson
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Hiking

Very fun hike. Moderate difficulty is a very appropriate rating for this hike. Bypass and change-up at the John Rock junction was a little confusing.

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Hank Whitt
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Hiking

Great hike today. trail is challenging uphill and down hill,but overall it's a great hike.

Juanita Pressley
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Hiking

Great hike. Trail starts out easy but offers challenges throughout the hike. Trail had several rock outcroppings. Roots provide challenges as well.

Paul Atkins
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Camping

Great water side camping if you pack in lots of nice sites to choose from.

Will Coronato
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Hiking

Great hike.

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laura sullivan
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Hiking

Nice steepness at the start. Definitely go to the overlook, beautiful!

Carrie O'Kelley
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HikingMuddy
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AD Barnes
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Hiking

I did Cat Gap Loop today taking a little less than 2 hours. Walked the loop clockwise going up the steeper side and then an easy stroll down the other side. A nice walk.

Denise Maddox
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Hiking

Harder than anticipated, pretty steep at times and a lot of uphill. A couple of nice creek crossings with bridges and stepping stones which was great for my dogs. Will probably hike again.

Stacey Whitfield
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HikingMuddyRocky

My husband, 5 yr old, 8yr old and I completed this hike today. It was def more strenuous then we were thinking. The uphill it pretty steep but my girls’ little legs kept up. There is a waterfall marked by a orange band around a tree that is very pretty. It rained the day before and was pretty muddy but we had a blast knowing we finished such a tough hike.

Michael Takach
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HikingWashed out

Nice trail. Was hoping for a view but didn’t get one. Great exercise trail, not as good for visiting excitement.

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Jency Schnettler
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awesome hike overall. long enough to give you a workout but not so long you're exhausted. most of it is through the forest, if you take the John Rock option it gets steep but gives you the view.

Carl Nelson
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Hiking

Encountered few people on the trail. Mostly shaded, the assent could be considered difficult in places, otherwise would describe as moderate difficulty. Crosses several creeks, some with “bridges” others stepping stones.

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