John Rock Trail

At A Glance


1.8 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.47
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Lowest Elevation: 2600 ft
Highest Elevation: 3320 ft
Climb Total: 845 ft
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 365
Hikes That Use This Trail: John Rock Loop


Starting at the southwestern intersection with Cat Gap Loop trail, this trail starts is steep and rocky as it heads up over the first summit highpoint. Travels north over a wide ridgeline to the face of John Rock; there are 3 smaller summits to cross along the way. At the cliff face, the trail turns right; continue straight to the overlook with a spectacular view of Looking Glass Rock and the Pisgah Ridge near the Black Balsam Mountain area. Continuing past the overlook in a more easterly direction, descends through a relatively flat area with some ups-and-downs on the east side of John Rock before descending through a steep cove near the lower (northeastern) intersection with Cat Gap Loop. The forest environment is primarily mixed hardwoods; a few Red Spruce grow along the ridge along with pitch pine and some dying eastern and Carolina hemlock.

Intersecting Trails

  • Cat Gap Bypass
  • Cat Gap Loop
  • 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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