Art Loeb Trail, Butter Gap Trail,
Long Branch Trail, and FR 475

Picture of a trail sign at a major junction

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Date Hiked: 10/19/91

Length: 9.9 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white on Art Loeb Trail, blue on Butter Gap Trail, orange on Long Branch Trail

Main Features: stream along Butter Gap Trail, partial views of Cedar Rock Mountain

Animals: pileated woodpecker, crows, chipmunks, gray squirrels, chickadees, large American cockroach

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Drive north on NC highway 276 into the Pisgah National Forest from highway 64 outside of Brevard. Drive 5.4 miles and turn left on FR 475. Drive 6.3 miles to Gloucester Gap.

Driving north on highway 215 from highway 64 outside Rosman, drive 7.9 miles and turn right onto 1328 (paved). Drive 0.3 miles and turn left onto 1327 (gravel). Drive 2.2 miles and turn right on FR 475 (gravel). Drive 0.9 miles to Gloucester Gap crossroads and park.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 300 feet to 0.3 miles
Descend 250 feet to 1.2 miles
Ascend 450 feet to 2.2 miles
Descend 475 feet to 3.0 miles
Ascend 125 feet to 3.3 miles
Descend 650 feet to 5.9 miles
Ascend 425 feet to 7.3 miles
Descend 125 feet to 7.7 miles
Ascend 200 feet to car
Total Ascent: 1,500 feet

0.0 Gloucester Gap crossroads
follow the white-blazed Art Loeb south
0.3 top of first ascent
0.5 cross dirt road
1.2 low point
1.3 very short spur trail on right gives partial view
2.2 gain top of Chestnut Mountain (?)
2.3 begin descent with partial winter views left and right
2.6 end of steeply descending switchbacks
2.9 good partial views of Cedar Rock Mountain
3.0 low point
3.1 partial views of Cedar Rock Mt.
3.3 ridge top
3.4 continue straight on Art Loeb Trail at clearing with multiple trails to choose from
3.7 Butter Gap: turn left (north) on blue-blazed Butter Gap Trail
bear right where Butter Gap Trail has been slightly rerouted
3.8 begin following stream
3.9 cross stream on log
4.0 rock-hop stream and descend through rhododendron
4.3 step across stream
rock-hop across junction of two small streams
4.5 log bridge
4.6 log bridge
4.7 leave streamside
5.0 regain streamside
5.4 rotten bridge
5.5 log bridge
steep cascade on right
5.6 wet area in trail and partial views of cascade on right
5.9 turn left on orange-blazed Long Branch Trail
6.0 good sitting log
6.2 high point
6.3 at what looks like a potentially wet stream crossing turn left for several yards, there's a bridge
6.4 camp clearing on left
6.5 cross small stream
6.6 leave stream side
6.9 veer left across grassy road and reenter woods
7.3 high spot
7.7 low spot
7.8 step across stream then cross wet area
7.9 log bridge
8.0 turn right at junction to go see McCall Cemetery
cross small stream
campsite on left
8.1 McCall Cemetery (earliest legible death date I found was 1878)
8.3 rejoined Long Branch Trail
8.9 step across stream
9.0 bear right at fork
9.1 turn left onto old road
9.2 turn left on FR 475
9.6 small waterfall on right
9.9 car


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