Club Gap Trail #343
0.8 mi - Moderate - Club Gap Trail follows an old rocky road to its termination at Club Gap. The trail is cool and shaded, even during the hottest times of summer, and the hillsides are covered with ferns and a variety of wildflowers. Take note of the culverts along this trail, which are made of durable, decay-resistant chestnut logs. These culverts remind us of the American Chestnut tree, which dominated these forests until it succumbed to the Chestnut Blight in the 1920s. Small saplings or sprouts are all that remain today of these once magnificent trees. The sprouts live for about 5-10 years before being killed back by the blight, only to resprout once again—giving hope that the American Chestnut may someday return to its former dominance. At Club Gap, there is an intersection with Black Mountain Trail (#127), Avery Creek Trail (#327), and Buckwheat Knob Trail (#122).
Approximate Elevation Change: 500 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|
General InformationDirections: From the Pisgah Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) on US 276, and proceed nine miles to FS 477 (Avery Creek Road). Turn right (south) on FS 477 and proceed approximately ¾ mile to trailhead, where minimal parking is available on left side of road.
Alerts & Warnings
- Catawba Falls Trail (TR 225) Closed
- Camping and other restrictions now in effect at Max Patch
- Nantahala RD: Multiple areas under construction
- Appalachian RD: NCDOT construction near Harmon Den may affect Forest access
- Grandfather RD: Old House Gap Rd (FS192) temporarily closed
- Recreate responsibly
- Joyce Kilmer Trail Lower Loop Closed due to rain damage
- Target Shooting prohibited on Croatan National Forest