2.1 miles
Distance
16 ft
Climb
-630 ft
Descent
00:19:55
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Butter Gap Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Butter Gap Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #123
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5780 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #47164 in Trail Running
    • #8060 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Beautiful scenery, fun trail. Starts in Picklesimer Fields...flat, grassy area with crystal clean streamside riding, then a fast, gradual climb, and then a stiff, technical climb up to Butter Gap. Also makes a great downhill from the gap. Passes a waterfall. Part of Picklesimer Fields Best Ride.

A portion of this trail is seasonal, the segment from the intersection of Long Branch to Cat Gap is only open for riding Oct 15 - April 15, per USFS (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/recarea/?recid=48318&actid=50). This is often confused by locals who think the entire route is season, however it is not. Please do not poach this lower section during the off season as it is very popular with hikers.

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More Stats for Butter Gap bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -616 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,657 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,273 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,273 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,657 ft
  • Grade
    -5.6%
  • Grade max
    -23.2%
  • Grade min
    7.9%
  • Distance climb
    732 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,152 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:55
  • Avg reverse time
    00:50:11
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on Aug 30, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (9 votes)

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Directions to butter-gap trailhead (35.253670, -82.811820)
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      Butter Gap Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:18am
      Aug 30, 2021
      6-8 inch tree across trail
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:13am
      Aug 30, 2021
      12-16 inch dead hemlock across trail
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:08am
      Aug 30, 2021
      8-10 inch tree overhead across trail
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:02am
      Aug 30, 2021
      Three 6-8 trees down
      Aug 18, 2021 @ 4:01pm
      Aug 18, 2021
      reporter Due to the heavy rainfalls from Tropical Storm Fred the USFS has closed all trails and roads in the Pisgah Ranger District till they can inspect...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 72 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 881 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      41 |
      Dec 26, 2019 @ 11:58am
      Dec 26, 2019
      41 |
      Nov 15, 2019 @ 1:58pm
      Nov 15, 2019
      116 |
      Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:10am
      Mar 16, 2018
      360 |
      Apr 17, 2010 @ 4:34pm
      Apr 17, 2010
      | 1 comments

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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Bennnnnn (Sep 11, 2017 at 8:26)
       Fun trail with many roots. They aren't huge but pretty rough on the downhill (on a low travel hardtail) at high speeds
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      johnkk (Jun 4, 2018 at 17:25)
       Butter Gap is actually open to bikes year round, incorrect to call it a seasonal trail. Cat Gap is seasonal.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      shinook (Aug 30, 2018 at 12:50)
       I do not know why someone downvoted you, I submitted an edit saying the same thing. The section from Long Branch to Cat Gap is seasonal, however the rest is not:

      www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/recarea/?recid=48318&actid=50

      "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."

      Hopefully the edit will be approved shortly.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      sunringlerider (Jul 30, 2020 at 13:51)
       Fun trail but not worth the effort to get to the trail and to climb out. Many better options in Pisgah.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:17)
       We rode up this which was horrible. There is a nice waterfall though
      [Reply]

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