Cat Gap Loop 120 is a hiking and biking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 2,342 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,385 feet. The Fish Hatchery parking is near the trailhead.
Cat Gap Loop 120 Professional Reviews and Guides
"With a name like “Cat Gap,” this is a trail you just have to hike with your dog. Though cats are actually not likely to cross this path, the Cat Gap Loop is riddled with water in the form of rivers, streams, cascades, and puddles, and in spring and summer the many fragrant and colorful wildflowers that come to life along the trail are things that dogs will appreciate maybe just as much as chasing cats. The slightly easier way to hike the loop is in a clockwise direction to avoid a very steep climb at the outset—although there will be climbing either way you go. While the cooler air of fall and winter is more comfortable for hiking with dogs, the trail passes through game lands, so hunting is permitted. Put a blaze orange vest on your dog during hunting season."
--Karen Chavez, Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
"Shaded the entire way, this pleasant hike leads you up to a splendid little waterfall, and then continues to climb as it circles around John Rock. Although you can’t see John Rock from the trail, you can view it from the parking lot before you begin. The forest is fantastic, and you’ll make several creek crossings at the beginning and end of the loop. The middle 2.0 miles of the hike have no natural water sources, so bring enough drinking water for you and the dogs—especially since this is the most strenuous section of the trail."
--Melissa Watson, Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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