Daniel Boone Scout Camp Cold Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Daniel Boone Scout Camp Cold Mountain Loop Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.6 miles
4127 feet

dogs on leash





nature trips





wild flowers


2 months ago

I really enjoyed this loop. The forecast was calling for Armageddon, but it ended up only coming down the morning of our last night. It’s a tough hike with a good balance of gains and losses. If you camp at Shining Rock Gap there’s a spring on the left of the trail as you head south on Art Loeb. If you hike up Cold Mountain there’s a PVC pipe sticking out of the side of the mountain about 0.75 miles up. And I’m super stoked that I wasn’t murdered by a bear or blown off the mountain while I slept. If I did this trip again I’d probably plan on camping at Shining Rock Gap for the first night and Deep Gap for the second where campsites are established and water sources are close by. All in all it was a good trip. If you feel so inclined, you can read more about my trip at: http://bit.ly/coldmtnloop

4 months ago

Loved it a fun loop to hike.

6 months ago

The nearly 4 mile trudge up the ALT from Daniel Boone is rocky....and spooky - very little sun penetrates its thick canopy up to Deep Gap. The CMT spurs to the left with a fairly vigorous 1.4 mile ascent. There are several nice camping spots on the dog leg eastward toward the summit. The top provides a dramatic southward view of the SRW and the route which continues ahead. Its a straight shot from the CMT back to the ALT returning through Deep Gap. The trail becomes brushy and soon ascends up to the rocky Narrows - a pretty demanding climb after the rigors of Cold Mountain. While this section is indeed a narrow path up and down the ridge, most of the viewing is obstructed, save for two cleared spots -one to the east and one to the west. Leaving the Narrows, the ALT continues to climb for another mile then widens and levels as it arrives at Shining Rock Gap. Here, take a convenient, but well deserved side jump onto the summit of the gap's namesake. Ivestor Gap Trail continues the loop southward. After a short 1/4 mile, the Little East Fork Trail branches off to the right, actually paralleling the IGT for a good while. Not a lot of traffic goes through the north end of this trail - pretty brushy, but easy to follow. It gently descends for 2.5 miles until it reaches the Little East Fork Creek. Once crossing it, the trail broadens as it follows the creek for another 2.5 miles back to the scout camp. This last section is far more popular - very reminiscent to both the Big Creek and Deep Creek trails in the Smokies. Water is easily available only on the ascent up to Deep Gap and the descent down to and along the Little East Fork. This loop served well as a long day's workout. Unlike some of the other routes I've done in the Shining Rock / Middle Prong wildernesses, all trails are pretty straight forward and each junctions is obvious.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nice creek and Cold Mountain near by. Boy Scout camp and while not active was in backdrop much of the hike

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Did this hike Memorial Day weekend, and it was beautiful. Fairly crowded at Shining Rock Gap, but everywhere else was medium to low traffic. Many wildflowers, including the Trillium and Mountain Laurel were blooming nicely, although it was early for the flowers at Deep Gap.

A "highlight" of the trip was a persistent bear at Shining Rock Gap hanging around our camp at dinner time, but with camp properly stowed over night, we didn't have any trouble. Note that bear canisters are required now, and are a very good idea.

Water is available, but takes planning. There are very small but reliable water sources at Shining Rock Gap (just below the Art Loeb Trail near the Southern side of the Gap) and about 2/3rds of the way up Cold Mountain from Deep Gap.