John Rock Hiking Trail: If you’re looking for killer views, then John Rock is the hike to take.
There are a couple of trail approach options, either the long way (about 6 miles) or the shorter way (about 4 miles), but either way you’ll be rewarded with views of Looking Glass Rock, Pilot Mountain, and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education (aka the Fish Hatchery). John Rock is in the Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. It’s near four waterfalls that can be access via the Cat Gap Loop trailhead, which begins at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Soon after you leave the trail head Cat Gap will head across a bridge and to the left.