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“Fantastic 30 mile trail over some of the highest peaks in NC”
Review of Art Loeb Trail

Ranked #8 of 46 things to do in Brevard
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Owner description: 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.
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 in one outing as it gets tough and stays tough, but there are wilderness camping spots along the way. When you get to the end at Cold Mountain, you have to walk back out so it is truly much longer than advertized.

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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 you want an easier hike, you can access it at the Blue Ridge Parkway near Black Balsam and do an out-and-back hike.

2  Thank Steven C
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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.

1  Thank Maxine K
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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 walking down the trail to the right, which takes you down to the river and around back to the parking lot the long way. It's a long walk but SO worth it. Absolutely beautiful (and the river is a great place to stop and cool off in the summer time.

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 views in all directions are spectacular. We did about a 3 mile round trip. It was well worth the effort. We looked down on Graveyard fields and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank WoodyMCP
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