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    Cat Gap Loop 120

    Transylvania County, North Carolina
    Distance4.5mi
    Elevation Gain2,385ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,342ft
    Top3,353ft
    Elevation Min/Max2322/3353ft
    Elevation Start/End2342/2342ft

    Cat Gap Loop 120

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    Maggie Valley, NC
    Trailblazer | 534 pts
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    3/13/2018
    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.
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    Stanley, NC
    Pathfinder | 170 pts
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    4/30/2011
    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.
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    Asheville, NC
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    8/10/2010
    This is an easy loop that parallels the Davidson River. Make sure to tak the side trail to John Rock
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    Chicago, IL
    Pathfinder | 121 pts
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    3/15/2009
    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...
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    Garden City, SC
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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    9/5/2008
    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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    Moscow, ID
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    7/28/2008
    I think this is the same trail that takes you to the top of Johns Rock. (if i'm wrong ignore this).
    bottom line:its a quick example of the appalachain mtns. in NC. decent hike
    This hike is a great half day hike and is amazing with the fall foliage and even on a clear day. Park at the Fishery and follow the trail that is at the opposite end of the parking lot. It starts flat and passes some great camping and fishing spots. After a couple stream crossing you will come to the first Y-intersection. The left trail is much steeper, the right trail is easier. I usually take the left b/c its more rewarding at the top. At the saddle you come to a T-int. Go right and follow the ridge a ways. Look for the trail to split left after a bit (.25mi) and follow it out to johns rock. you get an awesome shot of Looking Glass w/ pisgah and graveyard in the distance.
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    Transylvania County
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    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate
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    Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District; (828) 877-3265; www.fs.fed.us
    Local Contacts
    North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 53, C5. National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #780 Pisgah Ranger District, G6, Trail #120.
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