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Coontree Loop



3.5 mile 5.7 kilometer loop
74% Runnable


Ascent: 1,007' 307 m
Descent: -1,007' -307 m
High: 3,290' 1,003 m
Low: 2,283' 696 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Jillian Langston

This challenging 3.6-mile run loops back around to a watering hole for a refreshing day in the forest.

Jillian Langston

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Watch out for mountain bikers on the Coontree Gap Trail between Oct 15 and April 15.


The Coontree Loop is a great option for those looking to run a moderate distance through dense hardwood forests. Steep grades will test your mettle along the way, but your gorgeous surroundings, and some incredible wintertime views, will make it all worth it.

Need to Know

When driving north on 276 in Pisgah National Forest, the parking lot for this trailhead will be on the left. Next to the parking lot is a picnic area with restrooms and a watering hole that is popular in the summer. The trailhead is across the street from the southern entrance of the parking lot.

Check out this area in the wintertime to experience the best views. The rest of the year, the trail's dense foliage can make views difficult to find.


From the trailhead, head north on the trail as it follows along Coontree Creek. After roughly 1,500 feet, the trail reaches a fork. While both directions provide plenty of steep grades, most people do the loop counterclockwise (as mapped). Heading down the right fork, climb your way up the following drainage to reach Coontree Gap and a junction with the Bennett Gap Trail. Head west on Bennett Gap Trail to tackle the southeast ridge of Coontree Mountain.

Once you've made it nearly to the top of the mountain, keep your eyes peeled for a junction with the Coontree Gap Trail veering off to the left. Jump on the Coontree Gap Trail and make a steady descent down the steep, winding grades ahead of you. After a little while, the trail picks up Coontree Creek again and follows it south to reach the first junction of the day and your return trail to the parking area.

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Apr 18, 2018
Caitlin Mooney
Holy elevation. Take left fork to climb. 3.5mi

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View from Bennett Gap/Coontree Loop Trail.
Feb 2, 2018 near Brevard, NC
Coontree trailhead as seen from Highway 276
Feb 2, 2018 near Brevard, NC


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