Pump Gap Loop TR 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.

Total Length: 4.2 miles

Total Elevation Change: 1,100 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Beginning Point: Silvermine Trailhead

Ending Point: Silvermine Trailhead

Average Hiking Time: 4 hours (round trip)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: Yellow rectangle

Area Trail Map: Harmon Den/Hot Springs Trail Map

USGS Quad Map: Hot Springs

General Information


From Burnsville, travel west on US 19E and merge onto I-26E. Take exit 11 toward Mars Hill/Marshall. Turn left onto NC 213/Carl Eller Road, which leads into Marshall. Take US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/70 heading to Hot Springs. Eventually, turn left to continue on US 25/70. Immediately before crossing the French Broad River, turn right onto SR 1304. Turn left at the first intersection and follow signs to Silvermine Trailhead.


Day Hiking