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Coffee Pot Mountain Loop Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 1,607 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

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Wild flowers

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Amy Lee
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Great hike. A little of everything: views, elevation gain, beautiful forests, and fun water crossings. Here’s a few words of driving advice: -The AllTrails app opens my directions to the trailhead in Apple Maps. Use this, not google maps. A few in our group got poor directions on google and didn’t get to the trailhead. -it estimated driving time to get to trailhead over an hour longer than it actually took because it wanted me to stop and park before the road turned to dirt and walk the extra 2.3 miles to the actual trailhead. -the dirt road all the way to the trailhead isn’t that bad. I did it without any issues in a sedan. Drive it cautiously and you’ll be fine.

Adam Dotson
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Running

Really great run! Holy moly!

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Katie Wadington
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Hiking

Much more of a mountain biking route than a hiking route. We were the only hikers we saw on a weeknight.

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Lindsay Fox
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Lee Hodges
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HikingMuddy

We visited this trail late October. The colours of the trees were magnificent. We were able to cross all of the streams without any difficulty. I would rate the walk as easy to moderate.

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Emma Coltoff
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HikingBugs

Decent hike, probably would rate it on the easier side of moderate (on average) with some stretches on the harder side of moderate. Much of it was flat or had gradual elevation changes. Clockwise starting at the parking lot used for the trailhead provides 3 miles of flat hiking before a gradual ascent until one mile from the top, where it becomes much steeper until the “summit.” From there, the only view is a few hundred feet of a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway with no trail (just along the road.) After that, it was mostly a steady descent downward for the last 2.7 miles. Counterclockwise would provide a different challenge but would be equally doable. It is also worth mentioning on the clockwise route that is pictured here does not properly follow the Spencer’s Gap trail for the last 1.1 miles before it meets up with the Trace Ridge trail — you will need to look for the trail marker to the right and follow the Spencer Gap trail which is windier than appears on the map. Overall, it was a somewhat buggy hike (in the summer) until reaching the ridge, where it became more tolerable. Also, given the one view, it was a somewhat boring hike through the woods — not many switchbacks or changing elevation. Definitely good for beginners looking to push themselves.

Alyssa Johnson
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

All around a fantastic hike. Will definitely bring a hat with a bug net next time. It was very helpful to have some sandals to cross the deeper creek areas. Clocks in around 8.5 miles and I was able to complete it in about 4.5 hours. Great time, will surely return.

Tyler Richardo
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Great river going along the trail. Hardly anyone here but gets more hard than moderate in middle.

Alicia Rambo
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Hiking

See also: 354 Trace Ridge and 600 Spencer Gap Loop for another description. This trek is called Coffee Pot Mountain Loop, but that name isn't on any signage on the hike (just to clarify). If you park on the southern end of this trail, the dirt road in is fun with lots of big pot holes and ruts. Be careful if you have a standard car. Our SUV handled it fine and there are a few campsites on the side of the road. Note the intersections you'll encounter on this trek before you leave. Most of them are marked, but it was very helpful to have a map with us and know which direction we were facing at each crossing. You can mix this hike up a bit with choosing different routes, such as the view at the blue ridge parkway. We've been up there driving plenty of times so we skipped that part. The parkway was open and loud and I wanted to get to the rushing water sounds as soon as possible. The whole hike after the parkway section was awesome and not too steep descending. Very enjoyable. There are many creek crossings. It hadn't rained for a week or so, and a couple of the crossings we still had to take our shoes off to get across. Bringing water shoes or hiking sandals next time to swap out. I wouldn't want to wear sandals on the first half with the ascents, but it would be nice for the latter part of the hike. Note: when you are at the northern part of the hike where it splits to the blue ridge parkway, this is where the name of the trail changes to Spencer. Some signs say Spencer Branch, some say Spencer Gap. Just follow the yellow blazes and you'll be good to go.

Sara Coplai
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Hiking

This trail is wonderful for seeing spring wildflowers! Wild iris, geranium, orchids, trillium in white and pink, white and purple violets, and a field of buttercups. We were not able to cross the creek at the usual crossing just after the reservoir but it has rained frequently over the past 2 weeks and should be passable in the next few days. One of the reviews mentioned difficulty in maintaining the trail path and this could definitely be an issue as we passed a trail spilt that was unmarked. It appears a trail club or forest service has been hard at work clearing downed trees so hopefully this will be resolved.

Jan Sanders
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I'm not sure what went wrong. we started on an orange trail that just ended, we took a yellow trail and ended up on a service road. Saw absolutely no views of anything but woods for hours.

David Korb
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Hiking

The hike up trace ridge was ok. nice views but the trail had lots of ruts. The hike down was very nice - the trail was in a lot better shape. Open forest at first, followed by a nice hike along the river. We encountered just 3 mountain bikers. It was dark when we got down so we missed the reservoir.

Yianni Laskaris
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Hiking

We started the trail by connecting from the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading down Trace Ridge, looping around, and making our way back up along Spencer Gap. The first 2/3rds of the trail were really pleasurable, with great views, beautiful foliage and late-blooming flowers and the trail was not difficult. The last 3rd was pretty intense. We followed the trail as mapped to the T, it was covered with fallen branches, was quite narrow, and appeared unused by anyone for a while. I didn't see any signs for an adjacent trail, so we kept trekking on. We'd have gone back up a different trail if we knew this was the condition it would be in...I'm all for a challenging hike, but having to contort my body to move around thick scrub wasn't the greatest option.

Sally Herbert
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Love this hike. Trace Ridge up to Beaverdam Overlook on the BRP has a few long ascents, but flattens out between them. Nice views from the overlook. Spencer Creek Trail coming down is great for picking up some speed. Hikers beware: much of the trail is very narrow and the area is packed full of bikers. I found myself jumping off to the side many a time.

Christine Cooper
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Kyle Miller
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Angie Bailey
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Anita Humphries
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Marie LePage
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Rita Frost
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Rachel Rodriguez
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Brenden Pelletier
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Jim Heinz
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Robby Hendry
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Sass Ayres
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Daniel J.
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Jackie driscoll
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Gene Lambirth
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