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Very nice but difficult trail. Have only hiked a small portion of the trail. There are many steep... read more

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El Paso, Texas
Nice hike

I a shorter 4.5 mile loop on this trail, following two days of heavy rains. Not the best time to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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.
Brevard, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice but difficult trail. Have only hiked a small portion of the trail. There are many steep places on this trail.

Thank sabimax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I a shorter 4.5 mile loop on this trail, following two days of heavy rains. Not the best time to go. Much of the trail still had standing water and lots of mud. The portion from the parking lot was pretty rocky so the combination...More

Thank pathfinndr
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We love this trail. Some of the best hiking in the area and the views are amazing. One a clear day you have 360 degree views.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Open vistas can be hard to find but the Art Loeb/Black Balsam Knob areas are loaded! I love being able to see 100 miles on a clear day! Several peaks over 6000 feet provide some challenge. But I'm 64 and made it easy! On day...More

2  Thank James M
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

2  Thank larry m
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

2  Thank Steven C
Reviewed 5 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.

2  Thank Maxine K
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
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
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11 January 2018|
Response from Maxine K | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s a walking trail.