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The view at the top was great. The first 1/2-2/3 is relatively constant incline, but flat and well cleared and marked. The last 1/3 is more rocky and the more challenging and worth it.

Bennett Gap is a great trail. I am not sure where they get the trail data from? At the top, it ends at Avery creek road, but the map shows some sort of continuation around to the left. That is not correct. Also, it shows an elevation of 2027 feet and that is not correct. I submitted an edit that shows the correct path of Bennett Gap
Bennett gap is now a year round mountain bike trail and hiking trail. It used to be a seasonal trail only for mountain biking.
Here is a great loop if you do not want to do an out and back. Go up Bennett and take a right on Perry cove back to Avery creek road. Perry cove is a beautiful trail and very steep in places, Going down Perry is much better than going up Perry

trail running
1 day ago

Nice, easy trail for a good run. Went left to right as to go up the steeper side of the trail. Once you come to the Art Loeb trail fork, it levels out into a fun bit of small ups and downs with some sharp turns. No look out points along this trail so it's a good one to keep a strong pace.

Pretty rigorous with a relatively constant incline. We finished the trail (out and back) in 3 hrs and 40 minutes. The view was spectacular and the air at the top was delightful.

Overestimate the amount of water you will need!! Trust us, especially if you're going in the summer you'll sweat out most of what you consume

If you're not used to hiking or have achy knees there may be some challenging sections but nothing that cause true concern. We did the Cat Gap Loop along with the John Rock trail. This combo offers amazing views (you can see Looking Glass and surrounding horizon) but also has fun crossings and a couple of smaller waterfalls. We took lunch and ate at the lookout. The trout hatchery is also fun for the kiddos. My nine year old completed this hike.

good hike with the family even my 4 year old completed the hike

hiking
5 days ago

I could not wait for this trail to be over. Give it a day (or 4) to dry up after rain because I spent the entire time in ankle deep mud or avoiding slippery surfaces. (Including some of the walkways) Also, note my recorded trail vs. AllTrails map - I went clockwise, may be better marked counter-clockwise, but don't be alarmed if you stray from the AT map, you're on the right trail. (Even though it's not blazed) I'm not a picky hiker, but this was just miserable. I will say, under better conditions, great, easy trail for off-leash pups.

I must have missed the waterfall climbing up to John Rock, but this is a fun, easy trail. I would imagine it gets pretty busy in the summer though, so plan accordingly. Hiking up to John rock is easy, coming down was a little tough on the knees. John rock opens up to a great view of Looking Glass Rock.

This was my first hike, and we made it up in an hour and a half. Steady slight incline until about last half mile where it goes straight up with root and rock steps. Peaceful trail. Camped up top overnight and enjoyed the sunset. The view is worth the hike!

scenic driving
8 days ago

I completed much of the very scenic byway's northern section. I particularly enjoyed taking the curvy NC 215 from the Blue Ridge Parkway's Courthouse Valley Overlook area down to picturesque Lake Logan. This portion of the byway separates the Middle Prong and Shining Rock wildernesses. It also follows the West Fork Pigeon River and several tributaries, with a number of waterfalls just off the road. I will hopefully be back soon for the southern half of the byway, and many of the wonderful nearby trails and waterfalls there as well.

Nice view at the top.