John Rock Trail Loop

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John Rock Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ducktown, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1082 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

4 days ago

Hiked this a few days after it snowed. The rock was covered in some places with ice and snow. There were places to climb down safely to get a better view. Great views of Looking glass rock and the parkway.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail but the signage is terrible and John Rock trail loop actually starts as the Cat Gap loop trail. Also, I would rate it moderate instead of easy. Great views!

1 month ago

Awesome scenic trail, would definitely rate it as moderate, the incline doesn’t last too long, but it’s pretty steep. Also, pleaseeeee be careful of ice on the mountain when you go to see the view! A lot of little creeks to cross over so be prepared to get a little wet.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite ‘everyday’ hikes. I wouldn’t necessarily rate it as “Easy” - with over 1000’ elevation in a relatively short period of time, this hike has some steep climbs over tree roots and rocks. While it easy to navigate, I would say this hike is more moderate (to easy). It starts gentle as it meanders through forest floor, and then it starts a slow climb. As it levels out, it crosses streams on bridges and rocks and then it starts to climb again - this time steady and steep. The last climb right near the top takes you over rocks and roots until you begin the ‘descent’ before the big “reveal” - or the view!
There are two small openings to the view point - take the second one as it is easier to navigate! The rest of the loop winds gently down hill back to the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail offers camping at the base and near the top. If you follow the John Rock Trail blaze, there are some intensely steep climbs that elevate you several hundred feet in a matter of a half mile. Once an the top, you will get a nice view of Looking Glass Rock.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of roots and a pretty good climb. May be a little bit beyond easy for those not used to a climb. Once you get to the top it's all worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Starting at Cat Gap Loop trailhead at the Fish Hatchery (eastern side) hike to John Rock Loop, up to John Rock for great views (977 foot elevation change) back to Cat Gap bypass then the western side of Cat Gap Loop to parking area. One of our favorite hikes. Challenging, but rewarding.

hiking
7 months ago

View at the top is amazing. The walk up and back is moderate, doable for most. Trail intersections can be a little confusing.

hiking
10 months ago

Perfect for what I was looking for, today. Stream crossings, well maintained trail, good distance, and great views at the summit.

10 months ago

We chose the moderate way up verses the steep. The way we went was definitely moderate if you just getting into hiking like I am. If you are looking for a challenging day trip this is for you, otherwise choose another trail. Beautiful views at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

I'm not sure why this is listed as "easy" but I feel it is strongly "moderate". I'm a 35 yr old female in decent shape and have done plenty of hiking in the mountains. This trail has lots of exposed roots and rocks and has extended sections of uphill.... some crossing small streams with no bridge, some mud, narrow path. And it's not super well marked in some areas, really appreciated the app showing the way! That being said, my husband and i loved it. Great view near the top and plenty of small waterfalls along the way.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic trail, but it was definitely more moderate than easy with some steep uphill and the roots that covered the majority of the trail. There were also some quite muddy sections, considering the drought that is happening. Overall a fantastic day hike with a beautiful view at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

More moderate than easy I would say. The hike up the mountain is kind of rough but it's definitely worth the view when you reach the top.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

John Rock is a fantastic day hike, although to access the John Rock trail you have to use the loop trail coming from the fish hatchery/parking area.
All in all the trek is a moderate 5 -ish miles. Making for a perfect adventure and solid day in the woods!

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Great hike, great view!

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Awesome hike! So secluded, on Saturday in November it's hard to find a peaceful trail. Was such an amazing view. After you get to the peak(the overlook) there's a nice little 2 mile hike through the woods to the graveyard field parking lot. Nothing too special just a sweet little lightly travelled trail !

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's a tuff hike, however when you reach the top, it's well worth your hard work.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Trail starts at the fish hatchery as the Cat loop trail. The John Rock trail comes in at 1.8 miles, and is well marked to take a right turn. Follow the markers for a steep climb to the top. As you get close to the top, you will notice some side trails. These take you out to vistas. You need to take the third or fourth one to get to the rock face (john's rock), and beautiful views. You get back on the John's Rock trail which takes you the rest of the way up, and then down the other side of the mountain. View is well worth the climb.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

the view is so worth it!
not to difficult.

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