Laurel Gap TR 184

This trail offers some beautiful views of Light Gap and Glassmine Ridge. It's also an access point for those wishing to hike the various loop trails in the Big Ivy area. The trail intersects with four other trails: Bear Pen TR 176, Perkins Road TR 175, Little Andy TR 174 and Upper Corner Rock TR 173.

Total Length: 7 miles

Total Elevation Change: 250 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Beginning Point: NFSR 74

Ending Point: NFSR 74

Average Hiking Time: 3.5 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: None

Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map

USGS Quad Maps: Mount Mitchell and Montreat

General Information


From Burnsville, go east on US 19E for 0.5 mile and turn onto NC 197S. Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville for about 25 miles. The road is paved, changes to gravel, and is paved once again. Turn left at the intersection of NC 197 and NC 2173 (Dillingham Road) and follow this road, which becomes NFSR 74. Follow this gravel road for 7.7 miles to the trailhead on the left. This trail is a gated NFSR, which prevents motor vehicle traffic.


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