Club Gap Trail, Avery Creek Trail, Buckhorn Gap Trail,
Twin Falls Loop Trail, and Black Mountain Trail


Picture of waterfall beside Avery Creek trail

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Date Hiked: 3/24/90

Length: 9.0 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Club Gap Trail, blue on Avery Creek Trail, orange on Buckhorn Gap Trail, white on Twin Falls Loop Trail, metal triangles on Black Mountain Trail (plus white circles where Mountains-to-Sea Trail coincides with Black Mountain Trail)

Main Features: several waterfalls, streams, views

Animals: chickadees, pileated woodpecker, ruffed grouse, turkeys

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Drive north on highway 276 from Brevard. Drive 9.5 miles past the ranger station and turn right on FR 477. Drive just under 0.4 miles to a wide place in the road. Park on the left here. The trail is also on the left and goes north.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 400 feet from FR 477 to Club Gap
Descend 1,240 feet from Club Gap to Buckhorn Gap Trail
Ascend 960 feet from Avery Creek Trail to Buckhorn Gap
Ascend 480 feet from Buckhorn Gap to top of Rich Mountain
Descend 600 feet from Rich Mountain to FR 477
Total Ascent: 1,840 feet

Miles
0.0 walk north from car on trail
0.3 turn right on road following orange blazes
0.5 small stream crossing
0.7 - 0.8 water flows down trail
0.9 bear right at fork
1.1 Club Gap, go straight descending on Avery Creek Trail
1.3 stream crossing on rocks
1.4 large rocks on left
1.6 stream crossing
1.7 stream crossing on rocks
2.0 stream flows under trail
2.5 reach edge of stream you have been hearing and seeing
2.6 stream crossing on logs
stream crossing on logs
2.7 waterfall partially visible through foliage on left
stream crossing on rocks (potentially wet)
2.9 stream crossing
stream crossing
3.0 bridge
3.1 stream crossing on rocks
3.3 stream crossing on log
turn left on orange-blazed Buckhorn Gap Trail -- crossing bridge
(Avery Creek Trail continues straight)
turn left again after crossing bridge
3.4 stream crossing
3.5 turn left and cross stream on log bridge
bridge
3.6 bridge
3.7 bridge
3.8 bridge
3.9 bridge
turn left on white-blazed Twin Falls Loop Trail
long precarious bridge
4.0 bridge
4.1 bridge
4.2 small waterfall visible on left
two scenic waterfalls visible straight ahead
4.3 potentially wet stream crossing at base of each main waterfall
4.4 bridge
bridge
stream crossing
4.5 stream crossing
turn left at junction with Buckhorn Gap Trail, then turn right
(begin following orange blazes again)
4.8 stream crossing
4.9 stream crossing
cross grassy road and ascend wooden steps
5.2 turn left on gravel road
(beginning of clear views to south and west)
5.5 - 5.6 partial winter views of waterfall on left
5.7 turn right off of road onto Buckhorn Gap Trail
stream crossing
stream crossing
5.9 cross old road bed
6.0 Buckhorn Gap, bear left across road onto Black Mountain Trail
(the Black Mountain Trail has white blazes here signifying the Mountains-to-Sea Trail)
6.2 shelter on right with bunks
6.8 reach top of ridge
begin following ridge with views right and left (north and south)
7.0 small rocky overlook on left with good views
7.1 bear left at fork, following metal triangle blazes
(the white-blazed Mountains-to-Sea Trail bears right)
7.5 pass high point in ridge and begin descending
7.9 Club Gap, turn right on Club Gap Trail
8.7 turn left off of road
9.0 trailhead at FR 477



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