Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

This entire hike is roughly 4 1/2 miles long if you do in the entire loop. It is narrow in spots and then wide in other sections . It seems well-traveled but can be a little bit muddy in areas. You will cross over bridges and over logs so be prepared. The elevation is very gradual and you see many waterfalls along the way. There is parking and bathrooms across the street. Nice hike and good exercise. Not too many people there which was nice and you can just enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

RT in 6.2 miles. The last half mile gets dicey with many rocks and roots— be careful. Overall, rewarding hike for the views, despite the cloudy conditions.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

This is a great, short trail and it's so cool to be at the base of Looking Glass. It is VERY poorly blazed once you get to the base, however. You can sort of just boulder your way up to the base, but finding the trail (which is kind of hidden) makes it a much easier climb. I strongly recommend downloading a map for offline use, whether you use AllTrails, Backcountry Navigator, or whatever. I've uploaded a picture showing where to walk once you get to the rocks.

Fun hike! We hiked this in the morning starting at around 8:30 on 9/10 which was perfect weather wise. Only saw about 5 people total on the trail. Tracked 6.6 miles in 3 hours total round trip! Saw a copperhead sitting in the sun in the middle of the trail so we sidestepped off a bit to avoid him. Great views at the end, but if you have kids or pets there is a big slope with a drop off so be carful.

on Art Loeb Trail

backpacking
4 days ago

This trail is very poorly marked, so I highly recommend a detailed map and maybe even a compass. Blazes and signs are few and far between. There were plenty of times when I would come to trail intersections with no blazes, signs, or other markings. Over the length of the Art Loeb there are MANY intersections with lots of other trails and only a handful are actually labeled. For example, about 3.6 miles into the trail starting from Daniel Boone (the northern end), you will come to a large-ish campsite. There are three other trails leading off in different directions: one is the Art Loeb going south, another goes up to Cold Mountain, and a third goes off somewhere else (northward). None were marked with signs or blazes. The only way to know which is which would be with a good map and knowing your location on the trail. Don't let this discourage you, though. There are many beautiful parts to the trail and I am glad that I chose to hike it. But definitely bring a good, detailed map, and study it beforehand.

hiking
5 days ago

Not crowded at all. The falls are an uphill scramble. Don’t just stop at the bottom! Lots of fallen timber in the falls, but worthwhile

hiking
5 days ago

9/10/19—-This was a great moderate hike. It took us about 3 hours total (we sat at the top for about 30-45 minutes) to complete. I was told by some passer by hikers that they saw a copper head snake but we did not see one at all. I did have my dog, 20lb schnauzer, with me and she did get stung by a bee. I didn’t see a hive but it could have been something on the ground she was sniffing into that made the bee attack her. So please beeware. If you start at the back of the fish hatchery please know that it is a steep wash out trail that you take to the top. Also if there has been a lot of rain I would not take this trail. It seems like it it could be quite muddy in some areas.

I tracked 7 miles in and out, hard but the view is so worth it. Plan for 3-4 hours total. Take Plenty of water and snacks

This is a tough hike but the view from John Rock is worth it. I highly recommend a hiking pole too for creek crossings and climbing up and down the mountain.

Long moderate uphill hike (1,700 feet) with excellent views just past the helicopter landing zone and the summit. Trail is in good condition, some areas have small to medium boulders but trail is generally very pleasant.

What a lovely trail, moderate and well-maintained. We started from the parking lot which had ample space for about 10 cars and proceeded up the Bracken Mountain Trail to Brushy Creek Trail. Total round-trip was 5 miles and you see a couple of mini waterfalls along the way.

running
rocky
washed out
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Parking at Art Lobe trailhead and continuing along river towards the Brevard bike trail. Easy walk with a double b.o.b. Stroller. Lots of shade and views of river.

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

The trail is an uphill challenge with switchbacks along the way. Trekking poles are a must to help you navigate roots and rocky ledges. It was doable at a good pace for this beginner. The downhill decent was a pleasure. The view was worth the sweat and burn!

The trail is difficult because of the elevation change on the way up (1700 feet up in about 2.5 miles). However, the view at the top is very rewarding and the trail is mostly shaded. I would not recommend this trail if it has been raining recently. I could see it being very muddy/slick.

backpacking
13 days ago

We backpacked from Daniel Boone to the end of the Narrows as well as up Cold Mountain. This is a great trail, but by no means an easy one. The trail is steep, technical in some areas, and in the Narrows very bushwacky. the hike out of deep Gap as others have said is a butt kicker as well as parts of the hike up cold mountain, but the views are with it . plenty of campsites from Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain , a few up the trail on cold mountain. there are no campsites until the end of the narrows after cold mountain. From Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain there are two water fill ups (2 miles and 2.5 miles in). Once you hit the cold mountain split, there is a trickle fill up out of 2 PVC pipes about a mile up the cold mountain trail. there is another fill up just before shining rock . there are very few blazes and signs on this trail, so come prepared. hiking poles would be highly recommended.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
13 days ago

be careful of the snakes.

It’s been years since I’ve worn a watch and needless to say I got my direction mixed up and accidentally went clockwise (left at the fork). Kinda glad I did cause I couldn’t imagine going downhill that way with my dog pulling me! Didn’t run into one single person and it was Labor Day weekend! Beautiful hike :)

hiking
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Even though this trail is relatively short, I did it thinking I could beat a rain storm moving in. I wasn’t expecting it being as difficult as it was, which slowed me down, and I ending up getting caught in the rain on the way up; however, the reward at the end made it worth it. Once I made it to the top I got to see the rain storm move on down the valley. Probably one of the cooler things I’ve experienced.

Great rewarding view at the end of the hike. Fairly tough hike but plenty of moments of recovery along the way. Took us 2.5 hours total (minus time to take in the views). We took off around 9:30am on a Saturday and it was fairly light traveled. Coming down around 11:30am, it was noticeably more packed.

hiking
bugs
muddy
washed out
15 days ago

Good hike to test my dog’s comfort level with log crossings, since I knew we could ford at the mountain bike crossings if necessary. Thankfully he did great and we stayed dry! The views of the waterfalls are a bit obstructed in the summer but I can’t wait to come back and take advantage of the campsite our there in the spring. Beyond the spur to the falls, the trail was in a lot rougher shape. I got off on either a rarely-used alternate or a decommissioned trail at one point, so had an extra steep and spider-webby climb up to claw hammer road!

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