Cat Gap Trail to John Rock Loop

MODERATE 30 reviews

Cat Gap Trail to John Rock Loop is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ducktown, 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 November.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

hiking
5 months ago

The only reason I didn't give it a five star rating is because it can use some more markings. A few trees cover the trails but nothing impassible. A little confusing at times but nothing we couldn't figure out. The view from the rock is really good and deserves a five star rating. The trails are littered with tree roots so you have to watch your step in places. It's not the worse I have seen but my son (5) had to be really careful in places. He was really tired when we finished though but was amazed by the view. He wants to do Looking Glass next but I don't like redoing trails but I guess I will oblige at some point. You can see Looking Glass really well at the rock lookout. Go early because the parking lot fills up quickly.

hiking
5 months ago

Best hike in WNC by far if you want great views AND waterfalls... some real hidden gems on this circuit. Also not heavily trafficked.

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate difficulty with great views from John Rock. However, the trail is poorly marked.

hiking
8 months ago

Great Ling hike - moderately aggressive. Fantastic view from John Rock! Nice waterfalls and streams along the way

9 months ago

Very poorly marked. After reaching a small open field, I went in. Circles for about 10 minutes trying to find where the trail picked back up before i gave up and went back.

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate Hike with plenty of good camping spots to make a nice overnight backpacking trip . Starts from the fish hatchery parking lot . Great views from Johns Rock . Can be a little crowded on the weekend .

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