Horse Cove Trail, John Rock Trail,
Saddle Trail, and Cat Gap Trail

Picture of Looking Glass Rock as seen from John Rock

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Date Hiked: 11/4/89

Length: 6.2 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Horse Cove Trail, metal on John Rock Trail, yellow on Saddle Trail, and orange on Cat Gap Trail

Main Features: views from John Rock

Animals: deer, two black bears by road as I left

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Turn off of highway 64 onto 276 into the Pisgah Forest from Brevard. Drive 5.4 miles and turn left on road 475. Drive 1.5 miles and turn left on 475C into the fish hatchery parking lot. If you are in the parking lot facing the stream (with the fish hatchery on your left and John Rock behind you), walk toward the right end of the parking lot by the stream. The trail begins here at the southeast corner of the parking lot.

Note: John Rock is often wet and slippery.

0.1 bear right at fork, cross bridge, then turn left
0.3 bear right at fork and cross bridge
0.4 turn right onto wider trail
0.8 first orange blaze since 0.4
0.9 bridge, then rock-hopping stream crossing
cross dirt road
1.1 bridge
1.8 intersection: right up hill goes to John Rock (metal blazes),
left up hill Horse Cove Trail continues (orange blazes), straight
ahead is The Saddle (yellow blazes) to Cat Gap Trail.
Turn right.
2.5 continue straight at double metal blaze (don't turn left)
2.7 John Rock
There's a great view of Looking Glass Rock from John Rock.
(I couldn't record mileage data on the way back.)
backtrack to trail intersection
turn right on Saddle Trail (blazed yellow)
at intersection with Cat Gap Trail turn right on Cat Gap Trail (blazed orange)
at fish hatchery road turn left into fish hatchery parking lot
6.2 car


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