Coon Tree Loop to Perry Cove Trail

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Pisgah National Forest

Coon Tree Loop to Perry Cove Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length5.9 miElevation gain1,683 ftRoute typeLoop
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Adam Malis
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All the trails in this loop are both clearly marked and in good shape. Not sure what the negative comment below was referring to.

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Raza Lynn Killian
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Henry Kassell
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Raza Lynn Killian
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Jennifer Noonan
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DO NOT DO THIS TRAIL until it is better maintained and marked! Trail gets completely lost in the woods after about 3/4 of the way! I wish someone had written it here and saved us the trouble and aggravation. I hope this saves someone else from what we had to go through. We attempted this on Saturday. We are experienced hikers, and took time mapping out the directions, turns, length of each leg of the trail etc. We were prepared. First of all the "trail head" is a thin post in the ground across from a picknick area. No map, I don't know how my husband saw it and kind of wish he hadn't after the way things turned out. It started out fine. Very good uphill climb/workout for a couple of miles, although deep in the forest and not much to see. We found our first turn onto Bennet Gap ok, hiked that, then our second turn onto Perry Cove. We came to an intersection that was a gravel road. There is no trail marker, no sign to get back onto Bennet gap. Nothing. We went right as our directions said and this is where it got bad. There was no mention of a gravel road so that didn't feel right but we trucked along as our GPS tracker looked as right as it could. Thank goodness we saw some folks on horseback and they confirmed we were on Bennet gap despite the lack of signage. ( We are approaching 5 miles of hiking now) The trail guide said if we couldn't find our turn that some guy at the stables could help us. Well, I'm getting a little nervous now becuase I do NOT want to have to turn around and hike another 5-6 miles out at this point if this turn was wrong. We keep going on the gravel road quite a ways, no trail markers, no signs still, and it comes to an end. It looked like a cul-de-sac. Obviously where the horse guides turn around. There was NO sign of a trail continuing anywhere. My husband walked in past this area a ways and thought he saw what could've been a trail at some point, but was grown over. In we go. There was a remnant of an old trail that was getting fainter and more over grown the more we moved in. After crossing a small creek, he saw an orange tie around a tree. So...we figure we are "ok". We kept on a very short distance as it just got VERY dense, no sign of a trail, no marker again. We had no idea which way to go. We looked around us and everything looked the same. No sign of where to go. I do not have his sense of direction, so I was getting panicky. We started later than usual because of the rain and I certainly had no idea which direction was "out". He did, we headed back out of the woods, foudn the little cul-de-sac and prayed to GOD that we could find the stables and that they were open so we could get some help. After another couple of miles of walking we found the stables. We were MILES from our car, tired and aggravated. Thank goodness for a nice young stable hand who drove us back to our car. Turns out ANOTHER hiking couple had the same thing happen to them a couple of weeks ago and landed at this stable looking for help. This is a dangerous situation. Way too easy for some to get completely lost in those woods trying to find a trail that can't be found. Hope the powers that be clean it up or just close it. If you want to hike an in and out, turn around at the gravel road at the end of Perry Cove.

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T Bone
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Pisgah is beautiful every day of the year and to a certain degree if you really want to get a feel for it, you’ll want to get out in all types of weather. Enjoyed this hike on a cold and rainy day with minimal views. The lichens and old mans beard are loving the cool wet weather and the higher elevations. This is an easy to access hike. The initial climb is a good one so take your time. I have only done it clockwise so can’t comment on direction choice. Bennet Gap is a lovely trail with some nice terrain and potential for views. I added a section and took the roads to return to Perry Cove. Shifting weather patterns on the ridge make temperature and wind changes common in bad conditions but it’s all part of the experience. On the return, you’ll pass the stables and cross a bridge. Look for Bennet Gap on your right and enjoy the slow climb back to the return on Coon Tree. These trails connect to a wide array of others and easily be used as a jumping off point for a multi day hike or to get to black mountain or pink beds. Enjoy it out there!!

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Nathan Garnett
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Nathan Garnett
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Lee Ann Ritzman
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Ellen Clements
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Stanley Vishnu Mason
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Sally Johnson-Fox
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Robert Geiger
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janet Lute
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Barbara Lane
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Ruthy Chewning
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Robert Philson
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John Sherman
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Rick Noble
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Meridith Miller
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Jack Carpenter
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