Summary: The trail is a generally ascending, descending ridge-line walk, with some outstanding views of the Mt. Mitchell Range. Fall would probably be the best time for this hike , when the leaves turn to their Autumn colors. There are a couple of pretty steep climbs, going out from the low gap to Little Butt, and returning from the low gap to Point Misery 22 switchbacks, Well Named. There is no water on this trail bring plenty.
Do not pull the Ramps, they are Federally protected. You will be arrested if you are caught with them.
Trailhead: From Asheville take US-70 East, to Blue Ridge Parkway, take parkway North to mile post 358.8 at Balsam Gap just past Craggy Gardens. The parking area is on the Left, the trail begins here. (Lat:35.74926 Lon:-82.33526)
Trail Guides for Little Butt Hike:
North Carolina Hiking Trails (third edition)
by Allen de Hart (Appalachain Mountain Club Books.)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Pisgah Ranger District, District Ranger, 1-828-877-3265
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Owen, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Rodney on 5/5/2012
There is a good view of Mount Mitchell from the top of Little Butt, but you're going to have to work to get there. The stairs are great though, there are alot of them especially from Point Misery to Little Butt. I would like to do a thru hike here sometime. Mostly just a good walk in the woods.
Reviewed by Claude on 5/16/2010
Thank you, Kat. My son and I hiked this trail from the Balsam Gap parking lot on the BRP on May 13, 2010. I had read that there were views of Mount Mitchell from Point Misery, 1.6 miles down the trail. We never found them and were very confused. Spent a lot of time taking side trails (bootleg) to see if we had missed something. All that being said, it is a beautiful trail through some amazing forest, not too difficult, but not too easy. A nice leg-stretcher before or after hiking on Mount Mitchell!
Reviewed by Kat on 7/30/2006
I'd like to add some details that Steven left out: This is a really nice wooded forest trail during mid-summer, and if that's what you're looking for, you've found your trail. Maybe ridgeline views of Mt. Mitchell exist during the winter months when there are no leaves on the trees, but mid-summer it's just a wooded hike. No views to be had. The forest IS somewhat mystical in that you're pretty removed from parkway noise for most of the hike, but that's about all this trail has to offer. There is a nice campsite about 1/3 of the way up with a fire pit and a nice flat spot for a two or three-man tent, but as Steven says, there is no water, so pack it in. A nice walk in the woods.
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