Come prepared. to show the area you need. Only service animals are allowed in buildings in the … Covered and I’ve and someone almost lost their dog. With all of the rain we have had, it is worth it for sure. Use the Cat Gap Loop trail to access the John Rock trail. But for now, watch your footing as the trail is rocky and deeply eroded with roots crossing the trail, suspended a foot or more in mid-air in places. Jan 8, 2015 - See hike details for John Rock and Cedar Rock Falls, adjacent to Looking Glass Rock in North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville and Brevard. Step-by-step. You'll pass through a large, gently sloping area to the east of John Rock, where the trail winds around a bit. These maps are very old and other trails in the area could be inaccurate or missing. Look inside the fence to see the last remaining healthy hemlock trees in the area (they've been treated with insecticide; many of the rest on this hike are dead). Family Friendly: Moderately difficult hike, but doable in a day. Some great waterfalls if you follow some bushwacked paths. This is also the best place to start if you want to hike to John Rock and head back out the way you came. Next Hike . Looks like beaver activity may have dammed one of the streams and water is blocking the trail as it goes straight ahead at the intersection. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Turn left here onto the Cat Gap Bypass. This trail will get your blood pumping from the start, with a climb up some log steps, but it soon levels out to a gently rolling grade. Saved by William Strathmann. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Safe to hike alone. What a treasure the Pisgah Forest is and what a gem this hike is within it. So be careful approaching it and have your dog on a leash! Off NC 276, just south of Looking Glass Falls, there's a paved Forest Service (FS) road #475 that leads to the Fish Hatchery. The view is fantastic. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. KBEAR said: Just did the loop today for my birthday. Once dominated by cool, dark hemlock trees, this section of forest is returning to a place of cove hardwoods, with just a few scattered mature hemlock remaining alive as of early 2019. I think we only passed 4-5 other groups of people over the course of our 3-hour hike. It also passes by tranquil meadows near Picklesimer Fields, and through some nice displays of wildflowers in the spring. We covered about six miles. The little brother, so-to-speak, of nearby Looking Glass Rock (3,969'), John Rock is a bit less busy option for a hike that offers the same outstanding views as Looking Glass. Previous Hike: JOHN ROCK. Jun 24, 2013 - See hike details for John Rock and Cedar Rock Falls, adjacent to Looking Glass Rock in North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville and Brevard. Thank you! The strenuous hike has a cumulative elevation gain of 2,000 feet. Hannah said: Really excellent hike! Thanks to whoever marked out John Rock on a tree with sharpie. This trail map is provided for information only and should only be used for planning. in Google Earth for viewing. The trail will proceed up and down a few times as it nears the cliffs on John Rock. There is nothing to see at John Rock View on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but there is a trail that heads into the woods, the .2-mile round-trip John Rock Trail. I like the short step climbs as I'm not such a switchback fan. John Rock Brevard, NC 28712, USA: Lat, Long 35.277333, -82.79096 GPS: No GPS: Website: Description: This hike takes you past a small but attractive waterfall, up to the top of John Rock, which is the large mountain you see looming behind the Fish Hatchery parking area in Pisgah National Forest. Not too challenging really. Previous Hike: JOHN ROCK. Difficulty Rating: 3.47 Steepness: Hilly Tread Condition: Some Obstacles Lowest Elevation: 2600 ft Highest Elevation: 3320 ft Climb Total: 845 ft Blaze Color: Yellow Trail Number: 365 Hikes That Use This Trail: John Rock Loop. Fairly arduous at upper levels, it's a big quad workout. It's to the left as you face the main building. The view is nice, though and the hike is a bit more leisurely. Bless it. The critter was tracking these two little dogs as potential meals. Lupperrrrr said: This is a great hike. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we were pleased to find that the trail was really uncrowded. The 8-mile hike will take in the summits of two bare rock faces: Cedar Rock and John Rock. You'll pass through varied forest environments in rapid succession. John Rock in the Pisgah National Forest is a wonderful five-mile loop hike with a good climb that affords wonderful valley and mountain views, including neighboring Looking Glass Rock, from the smooth rock summit.The John Rock trail is easy to access - park at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the State Fish Hatchery near Brevard. If you’re a local, you will find yourself doing this hike time after time simply for the sheer beauty presented on top of the rock. The round-trip hike to John Rock, which is located in Pisgah National Forest behind the education center, encompasses approximately 5 miles of trail that includes wild flowers, meadows, granite domes, creeks and waterfalls. Helen said: I don't know where the 5 mile measurement comes from. It took us at least 10 minutes from that point and we even double-backed on ourselves believing that we had somehow missed the view. the colors were beautiful and everything was well marked if you're paying attention. Went backwards or counterclockwise for a less steep approach. Picklz said: My husband and I just hiked part of this trail this weekend...must have decided to go the wrong way, cause we missed the waterfall....this is a very tough hike for beginners...especially with all the tree roots sticking up thru the ground...have to watch your step constantly to keep from tripping...was an awesome view once we got to the top though...will have to go back and do the round trip next time... Alice said: Hiked loop today. In the wintertime you can catch views of the side of John Rock through the branches. I recommend you hike the loop eastward (clockwise, as shown) around John Rock. I did it yesterday and it's great for dogs - lots of stream crossings for them to drink from and cool down in. Go 1.4 miles to the Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery. It's a 200 ft sheer drop to the rocks below. Finish the hike by crossing the last unique triangle-beam bridge over Cedar Rock Creek. Saved from hikewnc.info. If you go the direction in the description I think the waterfall is very easy to find (you can see it through the trees.) Additionally, after the steep climb to the highest point it's a good 10-15 minutes until you get to John Rock. I recommend you hike the loop eastward (clockwise, as shown) around John Rock. You'll bottom out at a crossing of Horse Cove Creek on a sketchy log bridge; on the other side you'll reach the eastern intersection with the Cat Gap Loop trail. The trail is quite exposed in places and comes close to the cliff edge so use caution. If you bring a dog, please keep it on a leash as my dog sliped of the rock last christmas. WickedGood said: One of my favorite trails. JOHN MUIR TRAIL NORTHERN SECTION, Rock Creek to Yosemite Valley HIKING WITH PACK STOCK 15 days July 25- August 8, 2021 $4100 (+ fees) Rock Creek to Yosemite Valley Enjoy traveling along the John Muir Trail without carrying a … This time, it's a rock-hop. The suns rays glistening through tree canopy highlighted the leaves falling to the ground (my fav). This is the continuation of the loop, and it heads in a generally southeastern direction. Straight ahead is also the Cat Gap Loop, which promptly descends into Horse Cove). sources, including ensembles of our own GPS tracks, user contributed GPS tracks, official maps and GIS data from Overview Cedar Rock Mountain rises in the vicinity of two more famous local mountains: John Rock and Looking Glass Rock. The trail is only a 20 minute drive from Uptown Saint John. (If you are looking for a longer day hike, consider taking the Cat Gap Loop Trail south to the Art Loeb Trail and then west to Cedar Rock Mountain.) This subreddit is for hikers to learn about and discuss trails in NC. This is a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. Join the Carolina Mountain Club for a hike in the Looking Glass Rock area of the Pisgah National Forest on Sunday, Jan. 19. Immediately I had a couple options on my approach to John Rock. Cat Gap Bypass traverses a high slope below Cat Gap, at the head of John Rock Branch at about the 3100 ft elevation mark. I followed the instructions above and did not get lost, although there are several points where you could take a 'wrong turn' and lengthen your over all trip. Turn right onto NC 280; follow this 4-lane highway for 16 miles toward Brevard. We hiked it in late winter and the views were still awesome. I had read on the Hiking WNC website about a 5 mile loop hike to John Rock (one of their "Best Hike" recommendationss)using the Cat Gap Loop trail. It was beautiful. So stay alert and don't go by your self. GPX is compatible with Google Earth, Take the easy trail over boardwalk to the lower lookout and try to spot a moose crossing the bogs. After you're done soaking up the views, head northeast along the edge of the woods to the right, and pick up the trail again heading downhill. I'm not sure how someone got over 8 miles above, it must have been a longer route. The trail continues to the left, upstream. The John Rock trail is easy to access - park at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the State Fish Hatchery near Brevard. That rock scares me. You'll pull away from the main valley and head up a side cove, then cross a very low ridge. The Split Rock Trail is a coastal trail that reminds me of the Lighthouse Trail on Grand Manan Island but is much easier to access. Free trail maps, driving directions, regulations, fees and camping information for St. John's Rock ORV Trail in Maryland. Do I need a permit? Trail was a bit muddy but still manageable. 5.6k members in the NCTrails community. Trail a little muddy in spots but overall in good shape. Someone said: The hike was great, and it was pretty easy to follow the directions above! Its enormous, towering granite walls, while very impressive, are overshadowed by the spectacular cliffs of the nearby Looking Glass Rock. I recommend looking glass over this trail if you have to pick. It immediately travels up through a mixed forest of hardwoods and lush rhododendron. It's also a great spot to relax by the river at the end of a great hike. Sidetrack no more than .1 mile. If you are an out-of-towner, I also recommend this hike as a good way of familiarizing yourself with the Pisgah Ranger District. Continuing on the Cat Gap Loop trail past the campsite, you'll reach the intersection with the Butter Gap trail, at a big rock slab in a grove of surviving (as of early 2019) Eastern Hemlock trees. If you want to do a simple hike in and out in a day, I recommend taking the eastern section of the Cat Gap Loop. The John Rock Trail is accessed via the Cat Gap Loop Trail. On a lead of course! The trail features rocky cliffs, Cedar Rock Falls and views of Looking Glass Rock from the top. unnone said: went for an over night stay, about 3am a man walked up on me and robbed me. Thank you David Baird. After a brief start on Forest Service Road 475, the trail links up with the Cat Gap Loop Trail. After reaching the top of the knob, you'll start gradually down again toward John Rock. If you want to do a simple hike in and out in a day, I recommend taking the eastern section of the Cat Gap Loop. Turn left here onto the John Rock trail. When you come upon a 4 way intersection, you'll take a left on to John Rock Trail to get to the top. Bring a pair of binoculars and see if you can pick out your car in the parking lot! The St. John’s Rock ORV Trail and campground is for ORV recreational use only. It could afford some switchbacks, or even to skirt around this knob entirely. The trail took us 5.89 miles and around 2:45 minutes. This is the highest point on the hike, at approximately 3320 ft in elevation. A short, moderately steep climb takes you up to an old roadbed. It is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. A trail leads to a close-up view of the bare rock. Wednesday You can pan and zoom the map as desired before printing Your email address will not be displayed, is kept completely private, and is only used to fight comment spam. John Rock Trail. Trails: John Rock Trail Picnic Tables: 1. John Rock Hike. John Rock Trail Loop is a 7.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Definitely not an easy trail, but certainly worth it. It isn't marked, but you can hear it when you are close by and it is a skinny trail at some points, but just keep going and you will see it. One of my favorite hikes in the area. Next Hike . I'm glad I got around to it. It’s near four waterfalls that can be access via the Cat Gap Loop trailhead, which begins at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. But I sat there for a while. The hike: Often overlooked in favor of Looking Glass Rock, its larger and more famous neighbor, John Rock rises nearly 800 feet above the south side of the Davidson River valley. To your left (northwest) is the Pisgah Ledge and all the ridges extending off from it. Turn left, cross the bridge and park in the parking lot. 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