Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina
by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Really nice hike. Great walk in the woods. The view from John Rock is lovely!
We also stopped by Looking Glass Falls after we finished the hike.
This trail was nice, I liked hiking for the first half mile beside a stream. The climb up to John Rock was not tough at all. What a beautiful view of the hatchery all the surrounding terrain of mtns. Looking glass included. The whole loop didn't take but about 2 hrs. This was my fifth trail since I started hiking 4 wks ago. I completed this one on my 44th bday.
This is an easy loop that parallels the Davidson River. Make sure to tak the side trail to John Rock
I had a great time in this area of Pisgah National Forest. On this loop trail you'll encounter many back country campsites where you can set camp if the site is available. I went pretty early in the year and was able to camp right above the large falls you encounter about 1.5+ miles into the hike. I stayed there 3 nights out of the 7 that I stayed within the park, due to the fact I was able to fly fish the Davidson River a short 1.5ish miles from camp where there is also ample parking at the fishery building/parking lot/ loop trailhead. I'd classify the hike as moderate except if you add the optional hike to John Rock halfway into the hike, which I'd recommend, I'd then consider it moderate to strenuous due to the grade of the trail. It's a really nice and peaceful hike with nice views, waterfalls, and shallow creek crossings. It's definitely worth spending part of an afternoon enjoying this loop trail and area of the park. Especially if you're a fly fisherman...
Easy to find trailhead and blazes, low traffic, but only one real good view (if you take the summit trail). Great spot to take picts of Looking Glass Mt.
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