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This challenging 3.6-mile hike loops back around to a watering hole for a refreshing day in the forest.


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Map Key

3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

3,290' 1,003 m

High

2,283' 696 m

Low

1,007' 307 m

Up

1,007' 307 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Watch out for mountain bikers on the Coontree Gap Trail between Oct 15 and April 15.

Overview

The Coontree Loop is a great option for those looking to hike a moderate distance through dense hardwood forests. Steep grades will test your mettle along the way, but your gorgeous surroundings, and some incredible wintertime views, will make it all worth it.

Need to Know

When driving north on 276 in Pisgah National Forest, the parking lot for this trailhead will be on the left. Next to the parking lot is a picnic area with restrooms and a watering hole that is popular in the summer. The trailhead is across the street from the southern entrance of the parking lot.

Check out this area in the wintertime to experience the best views. The rest of the year, the trail's dense foliage can make views difficult to find.

Description

From the trailhead, head north on the trail as it follows along Coontree Creek. After roughly 1,500 feet, the trail reaches a fork. While both directions provide plenty of steep grades, most people do the loop counterclockwise (as mapped). Heading down the right fork, climb your way up the following drainage to reach Coontree Gap and a junction with the Bennett Gap Trail. Head west on Bennett Gap Trail to tackle the southeast ridge of Coontree Mountain.

Once you've made it nearly to the top of the mountain, keep your eyes peeled for a junction with the Coontree Gap Trail veering off to the left. Jump on the Coontree Gap Trail and make a steady descent down the steep, winding grades ahead of you. After a little while, the trail picks up Coontree Creek again and follows it south to reach the first junction of the day and your return trail to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Jillian Langston

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View from Bennett Gap/Coontree Loop Trail.
Feb 2, 2018 near Brevard, NC
Coontree trailhead as seen from Highway 276
Feb 2, 2018 near Brevard, NC

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Jan 5, 2024
Dean Creed
Perfect moderately-challenging hike for my wife and I on a 35-degree January "great-views" winter day. Total moving time of 1:45 averaging 2.3mph. 3.6mi — 3h 46m
Oct 23, 2022
Geoff Graham
3.5mi — 2h 00m
Oct 22, 2022
mark rose
11h 18m
Oct 22, 2021
Ryan Lanzel
Jan 12, 2020
Kevin Heimbrook
Jul 7, 2019
Richard Barrow
1h 30m
Feb 25, 2019
Luke Francis
Aug 18, 2018
Rayne Britt
3.5mi
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