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John Rock via Cat Gap Loop

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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John Rock via Cat Gap Loop

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  • Gone fishin'.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • The Cat Gap Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • A bridge along the Cat Gap Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Beside the trail.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Another bridge along the Cat Gap Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Dense forest undergrowth along the Cat Gap Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Backpackers on the Cat Gat Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • The trail on the way to John rock.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Cut logs along the Cat Gap Loop.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Be careful on the way to John Rock.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • Wide views on the hike to John Rock.- John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
  • - John Rock via Cat Gap Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Water works. Views. Quiet.
Cons: 
Sometimes crowded.
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Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,320.00 ft (707.14 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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John Rock is among the many hikes and adventures you don't want to miss if you find yourself in the Pisgah National Forest. Take a walk under dense hemlocks that offer shade on this hiking trail. John Rock is abundant with wildflowers and offers backcountry campsites throughout.

Start the trail behind the fish hatchery or on the opposite side. On the far side away from the fish hatchery, the trail begins on Cat Gap Loop and splits into the John Rock Trail. You have the option to continue for a longer loop.

The rock face and best vista point here is a little difficult to spot for first-timers. Soon after a slickrock face, you will see small trails to your right, which will lead you to the rock face. The view offers an outstanding panoramic views of Looking Glass Rock and Pisgah National Forest.

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