John Rock Trail, Butter Gap Trail

February 20, 2016

This is a great 10-mile hike for those wanting undulating hills, scenic mountaintop vistas, streams and waterfalls.

I hiked east on Cat Gap Trail to the John Rock Trail. The trail was generally uphill, but nothing insurmountable.  The hike up to the summit of John Rock is a steady climb, before heading down to rejoin Cat Gap. Cat Gap climbs south (a very steep , but short uphill) to the Art Loeb Trail. West took me to Butter Gap Shelter, where I stopped for lunch. To return to the Jeep, I went downhill on Butter Gap Trail and was treated to the lovely sight of Grogan Creek Falls. Butter Gap turns into Cat Gap (again), which created a nice loop.

There may be prettier places in the world than the mountains of North Carolina; I just haven’t found them yet.

Total mileage is 10 miles.


7 thoughts on “John Rock Trail, Butter Gap Trail

  1. i was trying to get to the this shelter, i saw it on the map but couldn’t find my way to it. was it off the art loeb or off butter gap trail?

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