John Rock 365

Transylvania County, North Carolina

Elevation Gain1,262ft
Trailhead Elevation2,603ft
Elevation Min/Max2603/3319ft
Elevation Start/End2603/2603ft

John Rock 365

John Rock 365 is a hiking and biking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 2,603 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,262 feet. John Rock (elevation 3,209 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Cat Gap Loop 120.

John Rock 365 Professional Reviews and Guides

"From the Pisgah Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Education Center, the route follows Cat Gap Loop Trail across Cedar Rock Creek and then travels beside the creek to reach Cedar Rock Falls. Leaving the creek, the path continues uphill and touches through multiple hemlock groves to reach John Rock Trail. After climbing over the top of John Rock you will see a marked side trail that leads to an exposed rock and panoramic overlook. Enjoy viewing the west slopes of Looking Glass Mountain and then return to the John Rock Trail and follow it downhill to rejoin Cat Gap Loop Trail and conclude the hike."

"This hike takes you to the top of John Rock, a granite dome rising above the Pisgah National Forest. From John Rock you can see its more popular “big brother” Looking Glass Rock and mountains beyond.

Begin at an informative wildlife center and interesting fish hatchery, following the Davidson River. Turn up at a tributary, then begin an unbroken ascent to John Rock’s naked top and a worthwhile panorama."

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Trail Information

Transylvania County
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District, 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, (828) 877-3265,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District; USGS Shining Rock
Local Maps

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Oct 2018