Coontree Loop Trail

At A Glance

Moderate

3.7 mi one-way

Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 144

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.

Description

Pleasant loop; you can take this one in either direction but my preference is clockwise. Nothing spectacular, just typical creekside, mountainside and ridgetop landscapes, but it is nicely varied. Loop travels up one cove and down another. Joins with Bennett Gap trail for portion along the ridge. Mostly hemlock/cove hardwood forests near the bottom, mostly oak forest near the top with plenty of mountain laurel groves.

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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:

West Half

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 1.52 mi

East Half

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.95 mi

Co-signed with Bennett Gap Tr.

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

Extension to US 276/Picnic Area

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.2 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.26 mi

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

Intersecting Trails

  • Bennett Gap
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    Comments

    David and Donna Sharrits said: This was a very much enjoyable hike especially when reaching the top where it looks like you are walking underneath a canopy of laurels, rhododendrons. It was beautiful! It has become a little more difficult for us now and we will miss hiking it. We are enjoying the less difficult trails now. Great experience and memories! 💖
    Saturday, April 4 2015 2:45pm
    Matt Jabs said: My wife and I loved this hike. We came into the loop via Bennett Gap (Avery Creek Rd. entrance), around the loop, then back down the same portion of Bennett Gap. It was a great hike. We especially loved hiking uphill on the winding west side of the loop. One time we were startled by a flock of grouse flying out of a thicket a few feet from us!
    Sunday, November 13 2011 7:39pm
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