Ivestor Gap Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Ivestor Gap Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.3 miles
583 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers




24 days ago

Flat and rocky. Many other better alternatives nearby to the same locations, but can be relaxing. If it has rained within the week expect parts of the trail to be completely covered by puddles with plenty of dense mud

5 months ago

Awesome trail, flat and level, it's a beautiful area.

8 months ago

Ivestor Gap trail parallels the Art Loeb Trail, taking you through a nice quiet walk through the woods. While Art Loeb goes over the knolls, Ivestor Gap takes the low flat route from Shining Rock. Some nice stands of hemlocks. Trail can be muddy after a rain, so waterproof hiking boots are a must; also the trail is rocky in places.

10 months ago

The trail is a little rocky in places, but with an easy grade. I enjoyed taking it back from Ivestor Gap after heading out on Art Loeb Trail over Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It is not nearly as spectacular, but it still has lots of wonderful views.

11 months ago

Highly recommend for anyone who has a hard time with inclines because this trail is super fun with great views and little-to-no elevation gain. It is a rocky trail at first but softens up about a mile in. Meets up with Art Loeb for amazing views of Shining Rock Wilderness. Trail then leads you into a covered forest, so you really get to experience a few sceneries for little effort. I looped around on the Art Loeb because I wanted to play on some incline, but really great trail.

Saturday, September 03, 2016


Monday, August 15, 2016

This was a nice wide trail. It was more like a very shallow creek with many rocks and stones. But it wasn't too wet to hike. There were some very nice views of the mountains on several parts of the trail. This trail is an easy trail if you don't mind stepping over rocks most of the time. I can't wait to explore the other trails over in that area.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Very easy trail with some pretty nice views. There's a section of the Art Loeb Trail that runs alongside Investor Gap to the East. The Art Loeb offers better views, in exchange for a significantly more challenging hike, with more elevation change and narrow paths. But Investor Gap is a fair alternative if you're looking for something easier and wider. My wife and I found the path to be exceptionally wet when we went in late March; however, it wasn't especially muddy. Overall a nice, easy hike.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Not the best trail for mountain biking. Would be best to hike it. Nice views with lots of rock and gravel.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Easy, beautiful, and great place for berry picking!

mountain biking
Sunday, May 05, 2013

Easy trail. Lots of smooth gravel grades through hardwood forest. A nice trail to cool down on after hitting some of the more intense trails in Bent Creek.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Great out and back day hike trail. Park at Black Balsam parking lot and head out on the old road bed. This is a great trail to pick wild blueberries on in the late summer. A good connector into Art Loeb as well.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This trail follows an old railroad bed and parallels the Art Loeb Trail. Where the ALT follows the ridgeline, Ivestor Gap follows a contour and is much easier. The two trails more or less intersect at Shining Rock Gap, so you can make a loop trail out of these two. I usually take the ALT out and IGT back, which I guess is about 10 miles. There is usually a lot of water flowing across the trail/road, so keep that in mind when planning footwear. Although I would think this would be a good bike trail, I have never run into any. Very rocky so hi top boots are nice.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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Sunday, October 13, 2013