Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Brevard with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Swimming hole! Bring a towel and plan on getting your paws wet.

Easy path down an asphalt trail that is super short. Its steep but it's all accessed via stairs with good handrails. Take your time if you need to. There's no rush.

No excuse not to enjoy this magnificent fall other than you couldn't get a parking space. It gets really crowded.

One of many beautiful stops on 276 from Brevard to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Five woofs!

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty positive these pictures of the view are from the John Rock loop, which is part of this one but eventually you have to go on a different trail. Cat gap has no/limited views, and is the same distance.

trail running
9 days ago

on Pink Beds Trail

12 days ago

Really awesome in fall. Definitely worth it.

really excited about the hike but could not figure out the loop for anything. I'll try again with a map. trail not blazed well.

nice hike. got off on some paths that ended up not being part of the trail. ended up making my hike more like 7 miles. a couple down trees on the trail. but easy enough to get over.

3 star because of all the traffic and ease. Get there before all the tourist do! Amazing waterfall right off the main road through this portion of Pisgah.

Very easy hike, takes less than an hour & a half to complete. Best to park at the visitor center and use Exercise Trail. Nice raised walkway and cool suspension bridge. Trail follows alongside the river and campground where there’s a nice swimming spot. Dog and bike friendly.

Hard to find no signs of any kind. But very fun!

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy long hike done twice in less than a week

hiking
24 days ago

My husband and I (in our early 40's) took our dog for a 5.3 mile hike (according to apple iWatch) and thought it was a great trail. We cruised through in about 1hr 45mins (~pace of 20min/mi). We didn't run into a lot of folks/dogs for a Sunday in June which we were grateful for. Great creeks along the way for our pooch to get her tummy wet and cool off. We were lucky to be there on a day where it hasn't rained much as I can see how it could be a very muddy mess if it had. Great bridges to avoid the creeks if you so desire. Be careful of your footing as there are a lot of tree roots in some parts of the trail. Fun hike and great workout. There is a great picnic area at the trailhead - fantastic for a snack/rest after your hike.

Very nice walk for beginners. We got out early, 7:45 and we had it all to ourselves until the end when people started coming the other direction. Beautiful creeks, scenery.

Not so much a hike, as a stop along the road to check out a beautiful waterfall

beautiful and cooling mists

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike for families. My family enjoyed the hike the ferns are beautiful and the creeks that run through the area are nice and deep enough to swim in some places. It does tend to be a little muddy in places but if that doesn't bother you then I say go for it we're hiking right?

Loved this Trail, beautiful scenery. Not hard at all!

on Cat Gap Loop Trail

1 month ago

A great hike through sun-dappled woodlands full of wild flowers. Going clockwise is your best bet as you get the elevation over quicker. Start to the far left of car park as you face the mountain. Cat Gap Trail has red markers on trees. Also, add the John Rock extension (turning off red marked trail onto a yellow marked one), or you get limited views. The only really impressive view in summer is the expanse of slick-rock, half way along the John Rock extension. Don’t miss it, as it is a 20’ spur off the main (yellow marked) trail. But both the Cat Gap and John Rock trails combined make a lovely day hike. Be prepared to get your feet wet as there are a few stream crossings.

hiking
1 month ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

2 months ago

this trail was suggested by the park ranger as one of her favorite. I would certainly agree. We went counterclockwise. The trail has a wide variety of habitats. These included woodland forest, evergreen forest, laurel and rhododendron coves, blueberry fields, stream crossings and waterfalls. I would certainly suggest taking the John Rock Trail and having lunch on the rock face with the beautiful views. once complete are short stroll through the hatchery and exhibit area completed a very enjoyable hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty Hike, nice falls, but nothing crazy. Nothing strenuous...we carried babies on our backs - very doable

hiking
2 months ago

Nice waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with good variety from streams, forests, nice long range views. We added the John Rock loop which made it more challenging (for a 60+ yo) but we kept a good pace of about 2.5. I agree with the comments below about too few blazes and some spots we pulled the map out to confirm.
We will do it again.

mountain biking
2 months ago

A nice little climb on the way up followed by some intense riding on the way down. Theres a pretty challenging portion with lots of roots, rocks, and sharp turns followed a much flowier portion next to a creek. I entered behind the stables and just kept making right turns until i made a loop.

short but sweet

Looking Glass Falls is an excellent second stop after hiking the Looking Glass Rock trail or for those who really like waterfalls. The track shown on this page is misleading in that most of the "trail" is actually just roadside parking. When not too busy you can park right next to the falls and get great unobstructed pictures from there making this an excellent ADA waterfall for those unable to walk far or navigate steps. You can also walk down several flights of cement steps (not many) to get progressively better views and can actually get all the way down to the water. In April the falls were roaring and there was a lot of mist in the air, which felt good. Due to the close proximity to the road and the easy parking and access, this falls is a good one to visit.

hiking
2 months ago

As of April 21, the trilium is out in great numbers. Solomon seal should start blooming in the next day or two. Iris, wild geranium, wild yam are all out in abundance. Do the trail starting at the left trailhead, away from the fish hatchery, going clockwise. On the downhill stretch, you definitely need to pay attention to avoid losing the trail.

walking
3 months ago

East going trail ideal for older folks who may be unused to hiking. Can be longish for them. Hiking poles useful for traversing rooted areas. Wild flowers and birds.

If you staying at the campground and just start walking around to visit the Ranger Station or see the Church, all you have to do is walk/bike the front of the northslope and you will finish it all. Didn't realize that I had completed it all in couple of walkabouts while staying there. Nice walk, take the dog or bike see lots of others just doing the same.

really fun trail, our 6 year old had a pretty easy time. kid friendly!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! I would strongly recommend to go clockwise and to do the John Rock side trail. The best views come from here.

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