Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina
by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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