Mount Mitchell State Park

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Butt Trail

This Blue Ridge Parkway hike is around 8 miles roundtrip and has over 2000 feet in elevation gain.  It's a must-do Fall hike.  The most spectacular views are from Little Butt Mountain, where you have unobstructed views of Mt. Mitchell and miles and miles of the Black Mountain range.  After watching my video and perusing the photos (most by Mark Schmidt), click here to learn more about Big Butt Trail.
 

 
 
 
view of Craggy Gardens
outcropping on side of Little Butt Mtn.
 
panorama of Black Mountains from atop Little Butt Mtn.
view of Black Mountains - Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Craig, Cattail Peak, Deep Gap
ridge hike is the Deep Gap Trail, did it this year
   
 
 

Mt. Mitchell

Potato Knob and Cattail Peak


view of Black Mountain range from a small overlook - "Danger Overlook"

  
view of Smoky Mountains in far distance, 40 miles away
 


view from atop Big Butt Mtn.
See if you can spot me!
 


 


view of ridge we hiked 
Big Butt Mtn. (far left) and Little Butt Mtn. (bump, just to the right of it)

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