Big Butt Trail

Dillingham, North Carolina

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Once you get past the name of the trail, you and your dog will thoroughly enjoy this lovely, remote hike. Some steep, strenuous climbing sections mean you should make sure the pooch is fit and up for the challenge. Also bring plenty of water because you will find no reliable streams or springs along the way. This trail is best hiked from spring through fall; winter is uncomfortably cold at this altitude and is often inaccessible because the Blue Ridge Parkway is frequently closed then. The trail is at its prettiest in spring, starting in mid-April when it is bursting with wildflowers.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Once you get past the name of the trail, you and your dog will thoroughly enjoy this lovely, remote hike. Some steep, strenuous climbing sections mean you should make sure the pooch is fit and up for the challenge. Also bring plenty of water because you will find no reliable streams or springs along the way.

This trail is best hiked from spring through fall; winter is uncomfortably cold at this altitude and is often inaccessible because the Blue Ridge Parkway is frequently closed then. The trail is at its prettiest in spring, starting in mid-April when it is bursting with wildflowers.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dillingham
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 5,900 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters
Local Maps: USGS Mount Mitchell
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Butt Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2015
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This is a hidden gem. I lived in the area for a long time, and just ran across this description on trails.com since I was going to be in the area we tried it out. The trail is perfectly maintained and is mostly rolling terrain. We hiked about 3 miles to Little Butt Ledge which is just off the trail to the right. Spectacular view of Mt. Mitchell range. There are two steep sections to this point, but there are excellent stairs which have been thoughtfully placed so that there is no evidence of erosion. The trail is lined with large trees, ferns, moss, and I assume in the winter good views off either side. In the summer there was really no view until we reached Little Butt Ledge. The Trail Guide states that the trail is marked with white rectangles, but the trail is, in fact, marked with YELLOW rectangles, Not sure how to get that fixed in the Trail Guide.



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