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One of our very favorite hikes

We always park in the parking lot for Black Balsam (at the end of the road connecting to the Blue... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stephen S
Black Balsam Knob for wide open spaces

We followed and Art Loeb trail up to the summit of Black Balsam Knob from the trailhead off Black... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
Foxboro, Massachusetts
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The Art Loeb Trail. Stretches for 30 miles. Closest to Asheville it crosses the highway at Milepost 420, about 30 min from Asheville NC. Spectacular view from Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.
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Reviewed yesterday

We always park in the parking lot for Black Balsam (at the end of the road connecting to the Blue Ridge Parkway). Then it's up to the top of Sam Knob for an amazing view and (hopefully) a picnic lunch. After the summit, we enjoy...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We followed and Art Loeb trail up to the summit of Black Balsam Knob from the trailhead off Black Balsam Road. The trail is well worn and goes uphill at a pretty steep pace. Soon you are out in the open climbing several "balds" The...More

Thank WoodyMCP
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Grab your day pack and a wide angle lens. This famous trail is among North Carolina's finest. Stunning views 365 days a year. One of our favorites.

1  Thank Nik F
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a great challenge for you. I'm 70 plus and love this trail. A nice challenge although very rewarding. Enjoy the Davidson River experience. It's Awesome in this area.

Reviewed 5 October 2016

My family loves going on the Art Loeb and especially, the Black Balsam section. The view can't be beaten and this section isn't overly taxing for folks that may not get to hike often.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a 33 mile hike from the bottom land near Davidson Creek campground in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard all the way up over the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Shining Rock Wilderness. It is a beautiful trail, but with rocks and...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Four of us hiked part of the Art Loeb Trail in July 2016. Access for us was off the Blue Ridge Parkway - warning - the bathroom where we parked smelled horrible. The hike is moderate to strenuous - moderate for most hikers. Sun exposure...More

1  Thank BSchug
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This was a brutal hike - about ten miles of mountainous climbing. After the first climb to the ridge - the branch going towards Black Balsam to the right and to the left going to Cold mountain we were worn out. Then it is up...More

Thank William E
Reviewed 14 June 2016

The Art Loeb Trail is special and deserves a visit any time of year. This 31+ mile path winds through the Shining Rock Wilderness, some of the finest hiking in the southeast if not the United States. The Art Loeb trails has four sections. Section...More

1  Thank William F
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Our friends who live out in Maggie Valley took us to this trail while we were in vacation with them over Memorial Day. We hiked the section from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the beginning of the Shining Rock Wilderness. What a magnificent hike it...More

1  Thank chiefwahoo1989
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