3 miles
Distance
304 ft
Climb
-987 ft
Descent
00:21:08
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Butter Gap Trail

Butter Gap Details

  • Riding Area
    Brevard
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Global Ranking
    #1220

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Butter Gap bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -683 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,593 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,276 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,276 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,593 ft
  • Grade
    -4.839%
  • Grade max
    -52.545%
  • Grade min
    21.176%
  • Distance climb
    4,468 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,618 ft
  • Avg time
    00:21:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:44
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Status:
on Oct 15, 2018
Variable
Avg: 5 (6 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to butter-gap trailhead (35.253680, -82.811900)
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Butter Gap Trail Reports

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Oct 15, 2018 @ 6:18am
Oct 15, 2018
Sounds like tree previously post about is still there. Wish I woulda known cuz it hurt.
Sep 4, 2018 @ 3:16pm
Sep 4, 2018
Tree trunk still down block top 1st part of Butter before dropping past the art loeb trail
Sep 1, 2018 @ 6:10am
Sep 1, 2018
Tree down at the start, after you peak on the climb at the intersection of Art Loeb.
Apr 18, 2018 @ 1:20pm
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 14, 2018 @ 8:58am
Apr 14, 2018
Was great on Saturday, lotta rain Sunday, so it should be extra buttery.
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Sep 4, 2018 @ 3:16pm
Sep 4, 2018
Butter Gap, Hendersonville
42 |
Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:10am
Mar 16, 2018
Butter Gap, Fayetteville
273 |
Apr 17, 2010 @ 4:34pm
Apr 17, 2010
| 1 comments Butter Gap, Asheville

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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag 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
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  • + 2
flag 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.
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  • + 2
flag 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.
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