3 miles
Distance
304 ft
Climb
-987 ft
Descent
00:21:36
Avg time
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Butter Gap Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Brevard
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1182 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking

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
  • 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
    00:21:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:44
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Status:
on Apr 4, 2019
Variable
Avg: 5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
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      Directions to butter-gap trailhead (35.253680, -82.811900)
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      Butter Gap Trail Reports

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      Apr 4, 2019 @ 7:10am
      Apr 4, 2019
      Wet sections are way better then usual not too muddy at all
      Mar 24, 2019 @ 7:27am
      Mar 24, 2019
      3 trees down, all bunny hop-able but sub-optimal.
      Mar 13, 2019 @ 7:26am
      Mar 13, 2019
      Feb 8, 2019 @ 4:26pm
      Feb 8, 2019
      Mostly dry for Butter, wet in sections where it's always wet. There are sections with low hanging rotos or branches that will bonk your helmet...
      Jan 11, 2019 @ 10:07am
      Jan 11, 2019
      Numerous trees down. Freeze thaw in places. Unsafe to ride at speed due to above issues.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 94 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      All
      • 554 rides
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      Photos

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      12 |
      Sep 4, 2018 @ 3:16pm
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      Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:10am
      Mar 16, 2018
      282 |
      Apr 17, 2010 @ 4:34pm
      Apr 17, 2010
      | 1 comments

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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
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]

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