The first of our Trails Less Traveled Hikes, this moderate to difficult 8.5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 1,870 feet will take us from the Fish Hatchery in the Pisgah National Forest off Highway 276 up to the spectacular views of Cedar Rock Mountain. While it’s sister peak, John Rock is more well known, Cedar Rock Mountain does not disappoint and takes us away from the crowds. We will cover portions of the Butter Gap Trail, the Art Loeb Trail, and the Cat Gap Loop Trail. Our route takes us by Cedar Rock Falls, Grogan Creek Falls, the Butter Gap Shelter, and the Davidson River.

This will be an all-day trip and we will meet at 9:00 am at the Fish Hatchery on Fish Hatchery Road off Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. We will have a meeting place for those that wish to carpool to the trailhead.

This is a small-group hike with a limit of 20 participants. This is a difficult hike, and all hikers must be pre-approved. Click on the button below to register and you will be contacted by the hike leader to be approved. Please note that on these hikes we do not charge your card the full amount until shortly before the hike. A $10 nonrefundable deposit is required. We will take your card information when you register, and you will be charged the remaining amount approximately two days before the hike.

Date: February 3, 2024

Time: Depart 9:00am for all day hike

Rating: Moderate/Difficult

Cost: $50 for Museum Members, $65 for Non-Members (some fees apply).