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Fantastic 30 mile trail over some of the highest peaks in NC

This trail is not for the faint of heart or shortness of breath as it traverses 3 peaks over 6,000... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
larry m
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Asheville, North Carolina
Fantastic backpacking / hiking trail

This summer I only hiked a portion of the trail near the parkway with my son. I have previously... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Steven C
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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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Brevard, NC
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This trail is not for the faint of heart or shortness of breath as it traverses 3 peaks over 6,000 feet and ends atop Cold Mountain, another peak over 6,000. Plus many more ups and downs along the way. It probably should not be attempted...More

Thank larry m
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This summer I only hiked a portion of the trail near the parkway with my son. I have previously hiked much of it. The whole trail can be challenging with the elevation changes, but it crosses some beautiful mountain balds through the Pisgah NF. If...More

Thank Steven C
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Loved the open sky views, the path was well marked with a steady steep climb, the view was amazing. Liked the fact that there were no trees, only at the beginning, eyes open spaces that reminded me of home in England.

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

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

1  Thank Stephen S
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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

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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Raymond C
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Response from Maxine K | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s a walking trail.
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