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Big Butt Trail #161

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 4.7 (3)

A nice ridge-to-ridge trail traversing from the Walter Knob Overlook to NC-197.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Point to Point

5,806' 1,770 m

High

4,255' 1,297 m

Low

1,185' 361 m

Up

2,243' 684 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail begins at the Walker Knob Overlook at Milepost 358.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trailhead is furthest to the left from the parking area. The trail traverses through a highland forest primarily composed of evergreens and birch trees above a fairly dense ground cover. Little Butt (elevation 5,620 feet) is about 2 miles from the parking area. At this point are two obvious side trails to a rock outcropping with a view northeast to Mount Mitchell (look for fire towers). Big Butt is approximately one mile past Little Butt. The trail continues on all the way until it intersects with NC- 197. Get there early for a 12-mike round-trip hike.

Flora & Fauna

Seasonal wildflowers, small passerines birds

Contacts

Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#7

in Montreat

#5734

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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#7

in Montreat

#175

in North Carolina

#5,734

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Overview at Little Butt
Aug 10, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Trail through wildflowers
Aug 10, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Trailhead Sign
Aug 10, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Hiking up stairs inset in the trail
Aug 10, 2018 near Black M…, NC
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Aug 10, 2018 near Black M…, NC

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Oct 27, 2019
Megan T
Went to the peak of Big Butt, beautiful hike.
Oct 11, 2019
Luke Williams
Aug 12, 2019
S B
to bug butt and back from brp 6mi
Dec 24, 2018
Ryan Meling
Aug 31, 2018
Phillip Ross
Oct 8, 2008
Emma Clarke