Coontree Loop Trail

At A Glance


3.7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.7
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 144


Only the east half of the loop is open to bikes (and only seasonally). It's moderately steep and rocky; makes for either a fun downhill or a pretty serious climb, especially near the top. A few creek crossings/wet areas can be found near the bottom. The trail travels through pleasant woods in a nondescript cove.

Intersecting Trails

  • Bennett Gap
  • This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    West Half

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.52 mi

    East Half

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.95 mi

    Co-signed with Bennett Gap Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.59 mi

    Extension to US 276/Picnic Area

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.2 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 3.26 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



    Average Rating: 4.0 (rated 5 times)

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    Sharon K Stafford said: My sister and I hiked this lollypop loop during prime April wildflower season, seeing lots of foamflower, halberd-leaved violets, wood anemone, branch lettuce, jack-in-the-pulpit, and Shuttleworth's ginger (Hexastylis). Also saw both vernal dwarf iris and dwarf crested iris, along with showy orchis. The trail was dry this day, but I suspect the eastern arm of the loop would be very slick right after a rain, since it is bare clay surface on a steep grade in many places. Fairly strenuous in places, especially if you go counter-clockwise. A beautiful hike for a beautiful spring day, regardless.

    Wednesday, April 17 2019 1:53pm

    David and Donna Sharrits said: This was a very much enjoyable hike especially when reaching the top where it looks like you are walking underneath a canopy of laurels, rhododendrons. It was beautiful! It has become a little more difficult for us now and we will miss hiking it. We are enjoying the less difficult trails now. Great experience and memories! 💖

    Saturday, April 4 2015 2:45pm

    Matt Jabs said: My wife and I loved this hike. We came into the loop via Bennett Gap (Avery Creek Rd. entrance), around the loop, then back down the same portion of Bennett Gap. It was a great hike. We especially loved hiking uphill on the winding west side of the loop. One time we were startled by a flock of grouse flying out of a thicket a few feet from us!

    Sunday, November 13 2011 7:39pm
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