Coontree Loop Trail

At A Glance


3.7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.7
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 144


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.

Intersecting Trails

  • Bennett Gap
  • 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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    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

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    Average Rating: 4.0 (rated 5 times)

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    Sharon K Stafford said: My sister and I hiked this lollypop loop during prime April wildflower season, seeing lots of foamflower, halberd-leaved violets, wood anemone, branch lettuce, jack-in-the-pulpit, and Shuttleworth's ginger (Hexastylis). Also saw both vernal dwarf iris and dwarf crested iris, along with showy orchis. The trail was dry this day, but I suspect the eastern arm of the loop would be very slick right after a rain, since it is bare clay surface on a steep grade in many places. Fairly strenuous in places, especially if you go counter-clockwise. A beautiful hike for a beautiful spring day, regardless.

    Wednesday, April 17 2019 1:53pm

    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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