Blue Ridge Parkway to Cane River Gap via Big Butt Trail
This track is a moderate one way hike off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Done in the opposite direction, or as a round trip, it is a difficult hike due to the elevation gain
This trail goes by Little Butt, which has an overlook with sweeping views of the Black Mountain Crest. It also passes Big Butt, which can be reached with a short side trail. From there it travels along the ridgeline and past Flat Spring Knob, before beginning a long, steep descent to Cane River Gap.
The trail is well maintained with many nicely-built steps. There are no overly rugged sections, though there are some steep climbs.
The hike begins from Walker Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) also crosses here, so take care to take the correct trail.
The opposite trailhead is at Cane River Gap, which is accessed via remote roads. Note that it is a lengthy shuttle if you plan to leave a car at the terminus.
This is a fine hike for children. Consider a shorter round trip hike, only as far as Little Butt Overlook.
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