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Indian Gap

AT: Newfound Gap to Indian Gap

Distance Hiked: 3.4 miles Round Trip Elevation Gain: 735 ft. The Appalachian Trail crosses the Smoky Mountain Parkway at Newfound Gap. Leaving the gap and hiking north on the AT takes you to the junction of the Boulevard Trail up Mt. LeConte to the lodge. Phil and I have taken this trail more times than I can count. This day, …

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Avery Creek Loop

Avery Creek Loop

Pressley Cove : 1.1 FR #5098: .2 Black Mountain: 5.1 Buckwheat Knob:  1.5 Bennett Gap: 2.9 Total Distance 10.8 miles (per map) Total Elevation Gain: 3162′ This is a very hard hike.  What makes it hard is the elevation gain … going down hill … and having to re-climb the same 500 feet … over and over. In my opinion, it …

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Bearwallow Mtn. Trail

Bearwallow Mtn.

Distance: 2.3 miles (road/trail loop) Elevation Gain: 594′ Difficulty: Moderate Location The trailhead is at Bearwallow Gap, located at the crest of Bearwallow Mountain Road where the road surface turns from gravel to pavement. Park on the graveled area on the shoulder of the road. Directions from Downtown Asheville Take I-240 to US-74 Alt East toward Bat Cave. Stay on …

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Black Mountain Trail

Black Mountain Trail

Distance: 7.8 miles one way Elevation Change: 2125 feet Difficulty: Strenuous! The trailhead is located at a small parking lot next to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station on US 276, 1.4 miles north of the junction with Hwy 280. Begin walking on the gravel road beside the fence past the sign for the trailhead for 0.2 miles where Black Mountain …

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Blue Ridge Parkway: Wagon Rd Gap to Pisgah Inn

In the winter, the park service doesn’t spend the money to plow the snow and melt ice on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They close the gates to all automobile traffic. We access the parkway off Highway 276 15 miles north of Brevard at Wagon Road Gap and park at the parking lot at the top of the entrance ramp. The …

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Pisgah Inn Hitching Post

Buck Springs Trail

This trail travels from the back of the Pisgah Inn down to Hw6 276 just above the pink beds (1.5 miles from the Cradle of Forestry). The entire trail is listed as 6.2 miles one way. Distance: 6.2 Miles One Way Total Elevation Gain: 1800′ (Elevation Change: 1100′) We have never done the entire trail. However, it is a very …

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Buckhorn Gap

Distance: 3.0 miles to Buckhorn Gap Shelter (6 miles RT) Elevation Gain: 1100 feet Difficulty:  Moderate Trail Information Buckhorn Gap Trailhead lies just 2.6 miles off Hwy 276 on Avery Creek Rd. The road is narrow and there is only room for 4 or 5 cars to park. The trail descends about 50 or 60 feet in elevation and follows …

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Cedar Rock

Cat Gap Loop

Distance: 4.8 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1050′ Difficulty: Easy BYPASS TRAIL Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 784′ Difficulty: Moderate This is actually an easy and quick way to get over 1 thousand feet of vertical. The trailhead begins at the fish hatchery near Brevard, NC. Many campsites are virtually within a few feet of the trail and some are very …

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Cedar Rock Summit

Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1844′ Difficulty: Strenuous Park in the Hatchery Parking Lot and begin the Cat Gap Loop trail hiking counter clockwise. You will walk past Picklesimer Fields. Continue on this trail bearing right toward Cat Gap at the intersection of the shortcut cut-off trail.  When you get to Cat Gap, turn sharply to the right on the …

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Chimney Rock State Park

Total Distance: 4.7 Miles RT Total Elevation Gain: 1329′ Trails Four Seasons Trail: 1.54 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot – Elevation Gain: 354′ Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 2.06 Miles Round Trip Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall – Elevation Gain: 417′ Visitor’s Parking Lot to Exclamation Point: 1.1 Miles RT – Elevation …

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