Deep Gap Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

4.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 4.5 (Most Difficult)
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Very Rough
Trail Number: 179

This trail is located in the Mount Mitchell State Park area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mount Mitchell State Park trails list page.


Starting from the picnic area, crosses Mt. Craig (2nd highest mountain in the East), Big Tom, Cattail Peak, and Potato Hill (all above 6000') before descending to Deep Gap. Deep gap is a popular National Forest campsite. There are spectacular views in places, with balds on Mt. Craig and dense spruce-fir forests with some mixed high-elevation hardwoods elsewhere. High elevation rugged trail with lots of exposure, with very steep and rough sections. No water along the way. Also called the Black Mountains Crest Trail.



Average Rating: 3.7 (rated 6 times)

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Donnie said: I am going overnight camping at Deep Gap the first weekend in April, does anyone know if snow is a real possibility at that time of year at that elevation? Thanks
Friday, February 10 2017 7:35pm
steve said: Gary I just back today from an overnight at Deep Gap. It is 4.3 very tough miles. It rained whole time so made it very slick. I can normally hike 2-3plus miles an hour but this trip took me 4 hours one way. I am in no way an expert hiker but hike a lot and have pretty good lightweight gear. I hate to admit it but this trail smoked me pretty bad. It is though a really nice hike. Hope this helps you. Oh yea might have been just rain related but was extremely windy all night and most all of today...I mean like howling batten down the hatches.
Monday, August 22 2016 2:53am
MEade O Bradshaw said: This site needs to let people know if its one way, Round trip or loop. I beleive many people have gotton in a mess because f the lack on info
Tuesday, August 2 2016 3:51pm
Gary Pelletier said: We are planning a overnight back pack trip from Mt. Mitchell to a cabin on North fork of Cattail Creek. Camping one night at or near Deep Gap. About Aug, 29 can anyone tell me about his hike? Gary in Denver
Saturday, July 9 2016 3:49pm
Evan said: The 4.5 Mile distance is from The parking lot at Mt. Mitchell Summit one way to Deep Gap Campground. Potato Hill is along this route. It is not the final destination.
Tuesday, July 1 2014 1:09am
Clayton said: Expect rain if camping at Deep Gap. The hike is fun. Very grueling at parts because of strenuous, steep steps and slippery rock faces. Some rocks have ropes tied to allow an easier descent. This route has beautiful views!
Friday, June 13 2014 11:28pm
Jordan said: I believe the 4.5 mile distance is a one way figure.
Monday, April 1 2013 4:35pm
Felix said: Is this 4.5 mile hike roundtrip from Mt. Mitchell to Potato hill or just one way?
Thursday, March 14 2013 2:45am
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