Level: Advanced
Length: 1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +0/ -206 ft
Total: 56 riders

Mountain Biking Butter Gap / Trail #123

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#23 of 544 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#426 in the world

The right (western) fork, which is open to mountain bikes, leads to FS 471D, which some riders use as part of a large loop; otherwise, they must backtrack down Butter Gap Trail. *The portion of the trail between Cat Gap Loop (#120) and Long Branch Trail (#116) is open to mountain bikes seasonally, from October 15 through April 15 only. This is to minimize safety concerns on a heavily used trail.
Approximate Elevation Change: 1000 feet
Blaze: Blue

First added by KELLBELL on Oct 25, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
US 276; proceed north for approximately 3½ miles to first left turn (FS 475, signed for Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery); proceed approximately 1½ miles to Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Park in parking lot. Go around gate on gravel road leading uphill from Center facilities, and immediately turn right onto Cat Gap Loop (#120).
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  • mtndew24

    Really fun trail that is rooty and slightly washed out, but not too bad and gets flowier as you go down. There is a nice waterfall on the rightside on th lower section.

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  • jodpan

    One of my all time favorite trails. Long climb, but totally worth it. The upper section of the downhill (before meeting up with Cat Gap trail where Longbranch trail connects) is sublime beyond description. The bottom half (through Picklesheimer fields and back to the fish hatchery) is just plain fun. However, this trail is not recommended for beginners.

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  • Josh L

    Riding up this trail is no fun, however the ride back down is worth the sucky climb. Lots of roots, somewhat technical, bring your skills.

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  • DirtyJerry

    Three miles of grueling climb from the hatchery, then some more climbing, then some more. Then you get these epic technical downhill sections which make the climbing completely worth it. Trail is very fun and challenging.

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