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Coontree Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,026 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Forest

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Waterfall

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Muddy

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    Bennett junci

    35.30918, -82.76186

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Directions from Brevard, NC: Travel US 276 northwest for approximately 5 - 7 miles to a small picnic grove located on the left hand side of the road just beyond the larger Coontree Picnic Area.

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Eric Becker
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Hiking

Fun trail. A bit muddy a bit slippery. Stay alert with your footing!

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Hayden Farmer
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HikingMuddyRocky

My gf and I hiked this as preparation before hitting some more intense trails in the Smokies. We hiked up on the right side and came down the left. Didn’t see any other hikers; only saw a couple of bikers at the top when the trail briefly merges with the bike trail. Lightly rained on us the whole time so trail was muddy in some parts and some of the bigger rocks were slick. Overall, great hike and workout.

Tom Mathews
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Hiking

Either way you go, left or right, it’s tough. We went left and it was a killer on July 2nd. Quite steep and hot! But I will say coming down the other side on, Bennet Gap, you follow the ridge and what a nice breeze! Once you take a right to continue on Coontree goodbye much enjoyed breeze.

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Adrian Taylor
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Hiking

Took the right fork and it was a good heart pounding start to the hike all the way to the top. The downhill was nice and easy, the bridge crossings were cool, and overall a good hike. Completed it in just over 2 hours with wife, 10 year old, 7 year old, and weinie dog for hiking buddies. GPS recorded 4.5 miles from start in the parking lot.

Rachel Avery
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Hiking

Really pretty trail for wandering in the woods. A nice after work trail. Not many people this day (Thursday during COVID) which is nice. Sadly, zero views. I’m not sure why pictures of views are included as like some of the reviews have said, there was nothing at the top. Also, the trailhead is just past the Coontree picnic area on the left- just a few cars can park there, otherwise park in Sycamore Flats Erich was lovely for a swim after!

Avery White
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Hiking

A large part of the loop requires some uphill endurance but the second part is downhill and quite easy. (I went to the right at the beginning fork). The views aren’t spectacular but parts of the loop are absolutely lovely, with very lush and deep green woods, and the trail moving along a wonderful creek. Some very cute bridges along the way as well. The trial was well-marked, and in very good condition, with a few fallen trees here and there. I barely saw anyone on the trail which is always nice

Anna Klein
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Hiking

Fantastic hike for the dogs! There is a creek running alongside it most of the way. The hike is much easier in my opinion if you go left at the fork (clockwise) as it’s less steep but still a good workout. It was a quiet walk in the woods and I didn’t run into anyone. With all the recent rain it was muddy in spots but certainly not impassable. Additionally, there were two areas where trees were down and I had to hoist the dogs over those trees. The trail is closed to horses all year and mountain bikers part of the year. Would hike this again in the winter because I think there would be incredible views from the Ridgeline. With it being summer and the trees leaves filled in, you really couldn’t see much. Regardless, awesome hike and definitely would do again!

Mike Karkoski
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HikingBlowdown

Three spots where trees were down (had to climb up and around) and one creek too high to jump (had to take off shoes).

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Denise Moberley
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HikingBlowdownMuddy
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Shane Silvey
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Hiking

Short, easy hike with nothing to really see. The trail is well marked with blue blazes on the trees. You have to cross the main road once you park in the parking lot. If you go clockwise, your climb will be more intense but still very doable for a moderate hike. We went clockwise then took other connecting trails to make it a longer day. I would recommend this if you are just starting out and want to experience some elevation gain. Seasoned hikers will want more of a workout with distance. It was not crowded at all with everyone cooped up because of COVID-19 on a Thursday evening on the first day of Spring.

Ali Cole
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HikingMuddy

Well marked trail. After a good rain (which is often) wear good shoes and poles are recommended. The way down can get slippery

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Kristen Bauer
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HikingRocky

It's actually more like 4 miles roundtrip. It's definitely a good workout because if you take the path to the left, you start climbing an incredibly steep path of rocks, roots, down trees, makeshift bridges and the like. It will get your heart pumping but it doesn't have any views. Just the forest, some creeks/rivers, rocks, etc. According to Strava, we did it in 1 hour 34 minutes with 1,059 feet of elevation gain. The downhill is just massive dirt piles for awhile which look like mountain bike trails. I'd do it again just to see if I could beat my time.

Amy McCray
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Well this was not what I was expecting after reading other reviews. This trail is all work and very little reward. Either direction you choose is going to get that heart pumping all the way up. Once you reach the top? Nothing. Maybe a tiny peek through the trees. The ONLY pleasant thing about this hike is the sound of the rushing creek water beside you. We went clockwise (left)- and after going down the other side I’m glad we did. If it has rained I would not recommend. Lots of rocks, leaves, and slippery spots. If you are looking for an outdoor workout, this would be a great trail for you. If you like a view as a reward at the top of a tough incline-skip it.

Liz Harper
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Hiking

Beautiful weather today, mid 40s and plenty of sun on the trail - enough I wore my sunglasses the whole time. Did the loop clockwise as others have suggested. Moderate hike up, a good number of level bits. Decent views with the leaves off the trees, nothing spectacular, but the path runs along a nice stream a good portion of the loop. The “getting there” directions threw me a bit - just park at the Coontree picnic area and the trail is just across the road.

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Kelly Dewberry
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Hiking

Much more difficult than I expected.

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Kristina Hernandez
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Hiking

Fun hike, especially in winter where you can see the landscape through the trees. I went clockwise, which I think was a bit easier since the climb was less mileage than going right and the downhill wasn't as tricky.

Steve McBrite
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Hiking

Very nice trail, done early and only saw others towards the end of hike, glad to do this in the winter as the views are much better, rated as moderate but would say some sections are difficult and some are easy. Overall I enjoyed this hike.

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John Whitten
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Hiking

Very nice. Far enough from the highway...no highway noise.

Tammy Remppel
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HikingMuddy

If you’re looking for a good workout but also to spend time in nature away from the crowds, I haven’t found a better trail! I have done it twice and only one time saw another person. I hike a few times a week but the incline on this trail always humbles me! I always go to the right. I think next time I will start on the left!

Michael Foster
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Hiking

Park in the Coontree Picnic area. This is a nice well-maintained and well-marked loop trail along some pretty creeks. Didn't see any waterfalls, per se, but the creeks did have a number of tumbling cascades. Fall colors were near peak. Though the profile looks symmetrical, coming down Bennet Gap seemed steeper near the top, and more gentle near the bottom, so would advise, when starting out, stay left at the first junction. The climb up to the gap along that route is pretty consistent. The winter views along the Bennett Gap trail, where you're walking along a ridge-line, would be pretty spectacular, though, in late October, the leaves still obscured the view.

Bryan Tomilson
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Hiking

this was an amazing first home for my wife and I, there is quite a bit of erosion making the steep climb steeper, but all in all a great hike. I look forward to exploring further into the Pisgah.

R84 Whitehead
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HikingMuddy

This entire hike is roughly 4 1/2 miles long if you do in the entire loop. It is narrow in spots and then wide in other sections . It seems well-traveled but can be a little bit muddy in areas. You will cross over bridges and over logs so be prepared. The elevation is very gradual and you see many waterfalls along the way. There is parking and bathrooms across the street. Nice hike and good exercise. Not too many people there which was nice and you can just enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

McKenzie LaCoss
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Hiking

It’s been years since I’ve worn a watch and needless to say I got my direction mixed up and accidentally went clockwise (left at the fork). Kinda glad I did cause I couldn’t imagine going downhill that way with my dog pulling me! Didn’t run into one single person and it was Labor Day weekend! Beautiful hike :)

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John Hernick
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Hiking

Great loop, good exercise. We did the loop going right at the Y. Will do again

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AD Barnes
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Hiking

Enjoyed it. Nice narrow trail through the woods. As indicated before going clockwise is good, climb on a rougher section of the trail and descend on a relatively smooth section.

Steve Kint
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Hiking

I took the trail clockwise and I feel that was a better way to hike it. The trail going counter clockwise is a steeper hike than going up to Bennett Gap than the other way. There is a fallen tree blocking the trail that is near Bennett Gap Trail on the way up I took, that takes a little maneuvering to get around.

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