Cat Gap Bypass Trail

At A Glance


0.4 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.62
Steepness: Level
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Lowest Elevation: 3000 ft
Highest Elevation: 3120 ft
Climb Total: 120 ft
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 120A
Hikes That Use This Trail: John Rock Loop


Level or gradually climbing trail cuts through the upper end of the cove that gives rise to John Rock Branch. The trail swings into smaller head-coves & around low ridges. Passes mainly through a mixed hardwood forest with some hemlocks and pines; has a few rhododendron tunnels. Makes a pleasant walk. Cuts off the climb up to Cat Gap on the Cat Gap Loop trail; makes a nice alternative for less effort.


This trail connects to the Cat Gap Loop trail at both ends. You'll have to hike Cat Gap Loop to reach it.

Intersecting Trails

  • Cat Gap Loop
  • John Rock
  • 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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    Robert Foster said: Great trail! A few great climbs and then it's downhill and amazing sites. Great for dog hike as well. Our beagle loved it. We saw everything from small falls to rhododendron tunnels and so on. A lot of nice places to camp as well.

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:16pm
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