Ivestor Gap Trail is a 13.4 kilometer 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.

Distance: 13.4 km Elevation Gain: 178 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
6 months ago

Used the Ivestor Gap Trail to return to the Sam Knob Trailhead/Ivestor Gap Trailhead on Black Balsam Knob Road, after having used the Art Loeb Trail to hike Blalck Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top and Shinning Rock. Ivestor Gap Trail is a flat trail/unmaintained jeep trail, that follows the same contour around the sides of Grassy Cove, Tennent and Black Balsam. So, it's a quick and easy way back from Shining Rock. This trail/road can and usually is wet and in the winter icy.

hiking
8 months ago

Took Ivestor Gap Trail from the Black Balsam lot to Shining Rock out and back. The trail itself is easy— no elevation changes. It gets a little narrow at places with brush on either side but that is to be expected for late summer. Shining Rock is well work the hike. Really cool changes in the forest structure throughout the hike.

Black Balsam parking area to Art Loeb, over Stairstep Mountain and back via Ivestor. Most people do this to Shining Rock peso and look back. I wanted to go a few more miles down the Art Loeb. Love that area.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Fantastic hike. Many panoramic 360 view!! Diverse terrain; sand, rock, trenches, plenty of light descending and ascending portions. So much to offer and perfect for all skill levels.

One of the best trails east of the Mississippi.

muddy
no shade
rocky
Tue Apr 23 2019

Meant to take Sam Knob but found myself here. Had my 2 & 5 yo with me. Ran into some backpackers that told me this was the trail I wanted (although it was not, lol) so just check carefully yourself. There are 4 trailheads there and not marked well. But anyway ...very flat, Rocky and wet throughout the first mile. I didn't have service so not knowing how long this trail was and where it was going, we turned around. We got our take of pretty views, had a little picnic on some rocks and turned around. Still great hike. I got burned as I'm white as white can be so wear sunscreen. Rocks in every step. Had to hold 2yo hand for the most part unless we took it super slow and they just splashed in all the puddles. Still had a great day! Just wanted to be detailed as possible.

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

First mile of the trail was very wet, but luckily more rocky than muddy. Views are spectacular as you reach the first intersection with the Art Loeb trail. Saw a three-foot long timber rattler as we were leaving, near the Art Loeb trailhead!

Thu May 03 2018

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

backpacking
Mon Dec 04 2017

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

hiking
Tue Sep 05 2017

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.

hiking
Thu Jul 20 2017

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.

hiking
Fri Jun 16 2017

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.

Sat Sep 03 2016

Rocky!!!

Mon Aug 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.

hiking
Mon Mar 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
Sat Dec 20 2014

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

hiking
Sat Dec 14 2013

Easy, beautiful, and great place for berry picking!

mountain biking
Sun 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.

hiking
Thu Sep 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.

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