Bennett Gap Trail

At A Glance


2.9 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.9
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Red
Trail Number: 138
Hikes That Use This Trail: Ridgewalk


Starting at the top and going southeast, the trail climbs ever so slightly onto the wide, open ridge and passes through a wildlife opening. As the trail continues it descends, and the ridge gets narrower and narrower. There are some excellent, cliff-top views of Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and the Davidson River valley.

The trail enters a dry pine-oak forest before the views, then past the views it descends back into a mixed hardwood forest where there are some sheer drop-offs right beside the trail near intersection with Perry Cove trail, so use caution there and at the viewpoints above.

The trail continues on the (now wide again) ridge to its two junctions with Coontree Loop, before passing onto the north slope of Bearpen Mountain for the final descent into the cove hardwood forest around Avery Creek.

This trail is key to several great short to long loop options when combined with nearby and connecting trails.

Intersecting Trails

  • Perry Cove
  • Coontree Loop
  • Buckwheat Knob
  • This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Bennett Gap to Overlook Rock

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.75 mi

    Bennett Gap - Overlook Rock to Coontree

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.58 mi

    Bennett Gap - Coontree W to E

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.59 mi

    Bennett Gap - Coontree E. to Avery Creek Rd.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.02 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 2.94 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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