Pump Gap Loop Trail

At A Glance

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5.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 5.5 (More Difficult)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 309


This trail is named after a water pump near the trail. The pump delivered water to Runion, which is now a ghost town. The trail accesses the Appalachian Trail and may be used as a loop or as part of a loop with the AT. Aside from that, it doesn't really go anywhere, and despite some nice scenery, feels a bit aimless. One section of this trail starts descending into a neat cove, and then - your easy descent coming to a screeching halt - veers up out of the cove and onto the nearby ridge.

Intersecting Trails

  • Appalachian Trail - Hot Springs (US-25/70) to NC 208
  • Lover's Leap
  • This trail is located in the Hot Springs area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Hot Springs 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:

    Pump Gap Loop - Silvermine Parking to Lover's Leap

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 0.24 mi

    Pump Gap Loop - Campground to Split

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 0.77 mi

    Pump Gap - Out and Back Segment to A. T. at Gap

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 0.4 mi

    Pump Gap Loop - FS 113A to Pump Gap

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 1.21 mi

    Pump Gap Loop - FS 113A

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 184 ft

    Pump Gap Loop - A.T to FS 113A

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 0.36 mi

    Pump Gap Loop - FS 3515 to A. T.

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 300 ft

    Pump Gap Loop - Split to FS 3515

    • Allowed Uses:
    • Length: 1.31 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 4.38 mi

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



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    Traveler said: This is a very peaceful trail; you cannot hear any noise from the road for most of it. It is steep in some parts, in particular for one fairly long stretch, about a mile. You need to pay attention to the map and the markings. The trail has gold markings, and the Appalachian trail, with white markings, intersects it twice. Somehow I got off the Pump Gap Trail and was on the Appalachian trail. I had not paid attention to what color the markings for each were and nearly got lost when I arrived at a four-way intersection. The map at the parking area shows black and red lines for these trails but does not mention marking colors.
    Thursday, November 23 2017 8:43pm
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