I realized on Friday afternoon that I didn’t have any plans for that night. Among the 400+ miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District (there are two other districts in the 500,000-acre forest, too), the hike to John Rock is a ranger favorite. We started on the way to Johns Rock and then headed down to the waterfalls and bypass. Bless it. KML is the main file type used by Google Earth. How crowded does it normally get? The critter was tracking these two little dogs as potential meals. I highly recommend taking the short side trail to the waterfalls. It's also a great spot to relax by the river at the end of a great hike. Tracey said: Hiked this trail today - decided to take the cat gap loop - I cheated slightly and about half way in hopped on the john rock loop which is a quicker yet steeper trek to the "summit" beautiful view of looking glass. Do I need a permit? Helen said: I don't know where the 5 mile measurement comes from. After reaching the top of the knob, you'll start gradually down again toward John Rock. Its enormous, towering granite walls, while very impressive, are overshadowed by the spectacular cliffs of the nearby Looking Glass Rock. John Rock. The directions (to me) sounded as if the walk down from the highest part to the view of Looking Glass as close by, and it's not. Now diminutive, this cute little plant looks like a 6 inch high forest of its own! I'm not sure how someone got over 8 miles above, it must have been a longer route. We're pretty used to hiking hilly terrain at Warner Parks here in Nashville. (To get to the base of the main falls, follow the path downhill from the campsite. Finish the hike by crossing the last unique triangle-beam bridge over Cedar Rock Creek. I saw the beginning of the trail at the end of my hike. It took us at least 10 minutes from that point and we even double-backed on ourselves believing that we had somehow missed the view. Base layers may not be GPX is compatible with Google Earth, For example, the I’ve been meaning to hike to the top of John Rock for a while. It was a nice warm day and we took our lunch and ate on the rock itself and soaked up the sunshine. This trail will get your blood pumping from the start, with a climb up some log steps, but it soon levels out to a gently rolling grade. Lupperrrrr said: This is a great hike. John Rock is a summit in North Carolina and has an elevation of 3199 feet. Turn left, cross the bridge and park in the parking lot. Pisgah National Forest is a world-class hiking destination. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. When you dip into the small coves you'll find tuliptree and (formerly) hemlocks. The trail took us 5.89 miles and around 2:45 minutes. I took my dog and my friend took theirs, I do second the "be sure the dog is on a leash" while you are on the ridge and the rock, otherwise it would be no surprise to loose your dog over the edge, it's not just a tumble down a hill, it would be the end of your dog. The trees become smaller and disappear right before you pop out onto the face of John Rock. You'll come to a footbridge over Cedar Rock Creek; cross it, cross the gravel road just after it, and pick up the Cat Gap trail again on the other side. it for any purpose under the terms of that license (summary). It's a great picnic location, and plenty for kids to explore. Turn left here onto the Cat Gap Bypass. For what it's worth, the Cap Gap Connector is labeled Cat Gap Bypass on the trail. Back at the rock slab, Cat Gap Loop goes left across a log bridge with a cable handrail, at the point where the lazy stream starts to drop out of the level valley bottom and over the falls. This makes a popular campsite. We never really saw the water falls, but did enjoy the easy hike on the biomass trail to the hatchery parking lot. See stjohnflatrock.org for updates on worship schedules. The rock icon's farewell … Looks like beaver activity may have dammed one of the streams and water is blocking the trail as it goes straight ahead at the intersection. Continuing on the Cat Gap Loop trail past the campsite, you'll reach the intersection with the Butter Gap trail, at a big rock slab in a grove of surviving (as of early 2019) Eastern Hemlock trees.