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Jennifer Barksdale
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails in the area. Take the trail clockwise for a steady climb alongside the river. Beautiful views the entire way up with fun roots and rocks to navigate as it keeps your blood pumping. Don’t get too lost in the lush greenery that surrounds you— this is also a biking trail and you’ll want to stay alert to any downhill shredders. Once you reach “the peak” of the climb, stay right following the red blaze trail. You’ll come out on a gravel path, turn left to get to the bottom of the falls; to return to the parking area, head right. This trail has lots of great camping spots too! Dog friendly as long as they’re good with tricky footing on a steady climb. City slicker pups may not enjoy it too much.

Hayley Powell
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HikingMuddy

This trail is dog and beginner hiker friendly! It’s conveniently located, and there is a parking lot /picnic area. I highly recommend this trail

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Shannon Chapman
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Really nice trail! Went left as others suggested to save the waterfall for the end. Lots of good inclines for cardio. Very rocky and some muddy areas but easy enough to traverse. Beautiful scenery along the river. Good water access and great shaded hike.

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Michael Hodge
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Hiking

Great trip in and out. Loved the scenery throughout. The falls were beautiful. We recorded 6.8 miles around.

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Jeff Upton
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HikingMuddy

This is a great hike. We decided to hike straight to the falls and then back out. We passed on taking Clawhammer. This was just barely short of 5 miles. The blazes can be a mess. There are some muddy spots, but is a wonderful hike. The falls at the end are beautiful. Was fairly busy on the Friday before the holiday weekend.

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Tom Mathews
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Hiking

Either way you go, left or right, it’s tough. We went left and it was a killer on July 2nd. Quite steep and hot! But I will say coming down the other side on, Bennet Gap, you follow the ridge and what a nice breeze! Once you take a right to continue on Coontree goodbye much enjoyed breeze.

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Lalla Dabbs
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Hiking

This is a great trail with the reward of a spectacular waterfall. Be sure to save the falls for last :). We took one wrong turn, which fortunately led us to the waterfall, but we continued in the same direction before we realized we should have turned left off the single track trail back into the gravel road/path. The app helped us turn around. Very well maintained path :)

Jonny Ray
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Hiking

I love everything about this trail. Perfect distance and elevation for a short hike with a dog. If you go clockwise there first leg is along the river with many spots to swim and relax. And the walk ends with a great waterfall! And it appears it’s free camping so bring a tent!

Lily Kromer
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Jaye Cable
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HikingMuddyRocky

Excellent trail experience. We hiked with both of our dogs and only ran into two other hiking parties, one mountain biker and one other dog. Secluded, cool, lots of shade. Thanks to previous reviewers we stayed alert for trail direction changes. No problems at all. I clocked it at 5.5 miles with the side trip to the waterfall.

Sherry Burton
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Hiking

The previous recording stating this is 8 miles is wrong. This is a 10 mile loop trail, starting at Cat Gap Loop, to Butter Gap, to Art Loeb and back to the opposite side of Cat Gap Loop. It’s a 1700’ elevation change passing lots of great campsites and skirting Cedar Rock Mountain. It’s a moderate to difficult in some places. A few muddy spots along the way. Lots of “dark” places going through dense tunnels of rhododendrons and mountain laurel. Lots of trails join this one, so it’s important to check the map frequently to stay on the right ones.

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Sue Schwein
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Hiking

First part, as you can see from the trail map, was straight up. It was nice and challenging. We only saw one other hiking group. We did encounter quite a few mountain bikers. It was definitely a biking trail which was not mentioned in the description. There was a section on a gravel road, but it wasn’t that long.

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Anastasia Bubin
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Hiking

Lovely tree tunnel trail! Amazing wildlife and flora.

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Sherry Burton
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Hiking

This is a great trail for beginners, families with young kids, or those wanting an easy walk that can be close to 6 miles for the entire loop or about 3 miles by using Barnett Branch which cuts through the loop at 1.5 miles. It’s a lovely walk in the woods with beaver dams, lots of water, bogs, a fern forest, rhododendrons, mountain laurel, wildflowers and more. Lots of nice “boardwalks” created by volunteers to get you across the boggy areas. We had been planning a more strenuous 9 mile hike from a trail off of FS 1206, which we didn’t realize was still gated. Since we had never done Pink Beds, and we were nearby, we went ahead and walked it. I am giving 4 stars because it’s a little tamer than our usual trails, but lovely nonetheless.

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Kim Sillence
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Hiking

Really pretty loop - went up Black mountain clock wise. Close to town and perfect distance- passed a few bikers.

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Denise West
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Hiking

Great hike for families! Not busy. Fairly easy terrain. Meadow views and streams along the way. Family of 4 with an 8 & 11 year old. The restrooms were closed for season it said...so go before you head here. This is also time of covid19 pandemic so not sure if that contributes to restrooms being closed. We took roughly three hours to complete because of little legs but could easily finish quicker if adults only. Muddy, but not bad...it has rained for several days here. Trails were well-marked.

brant tew
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amazing scenery, creeks, laurels poplars oaks pines, wildflowers everywhere! very easy for the length.

AD Barnes
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Hiking

Saw a few bikers and hikers. Easy climb up and down. Forest is typical for Pisgah. Walk by stream coming down on the Black Mt. side for the "circle".

Amanda Litts
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Hiking

My battery was low so i didn't look at map very often and somehow I forgot about the butter gap part so i just did cat gap loop. It was enough for today according to my borrowed dog. Since i was pressed for time and thinking i was doing the 8 mile loop I didn't go to John Rock. It was a nice enough trail. Pretty easy going but too many people for me. I did like the incline going up tho so may just note this as an exercise trail.

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Adrian Taylor
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Hiking

Took the right fork and it was a good heart pounding start to the hike all the way to the top. The downhill was nice and easy, the bridge crossings were cool, and overall a good hike. Completed it in just over 2 hours with wife, 10 year old, 7 year old, and weinie dog for hiking buddies. GPS recorded 4.5 miles from start in the parking lot.

Maria Rosalyn
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This was a great hike! As others have mentioned, the loop and the waterfall add up to much more than the 4.1 miles listed by AllTrails. Trail is muddy and very rocky..but secluded and peaceful. A few mountain bikers and one other hiking group was all we encountered!

Veechwin Li
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Hiking

This is not an easy hike, it is extremely narrow with lots of roots. In one area it was so narrow and slippery my husband fell about 15 feet onto a bolder.

Chuck R.
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HikingMuddy
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Carlie Kragovich
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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