Big Butt Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain4,978ft
Trailhead Elevation4,267ft
Elevation Min/Max4267/5819ft
Elevation Start/End4267/4267ft

Big Butt Trail

Big Butt Trail is a hiking trail in Yancey County and Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 4,267 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,978 feet. Point Misery (elevation 5,696 feet), Flat Spring Knob (elevation 5,669 feet), and Little Butt (elevation 5,604 feet) can be seen along the trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Karen Chavez
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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."

Big Butt Trail Trip Reports

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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 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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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway
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USGS Mount Mitchell
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