Art Loeb Trail

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

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Like ridgeline hiking? Then you’ll love the 30 mile Art Loeb Trail, all but about 5 miles of which follows a ridge. The trail begins at the popular Davidson River Campground, spends about twenty minutes loosening up your quads along the Davidson River, then begins climbing up Shut-in Ridge. Within a half-mile you’ll gain 550 vertical feet; from the trailhead itself up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a distance of 19.5 miles, the trail climbs 3700 vertical feet, much of it near the final ascent. Significant portions of this section of ridgeline are among the most densely vegetated you’ll find in the state.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Like ridgeline hiking? Then you’ll love the 30 mile Art Loeb Trail, all but about 5 miles of which follows a ridge. The trail begins at the popular Davidson River Campground, spends about twenty minutes loosening up your quads along the Davidson River, then begins climbing up Shut-in Ridge.

Within a half-mile you’ll gain 550 vertical feet; from the trailhead itself up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a distance of 19.5 miles, the trail climbs 3700 vertical feet, much of it near the final ascent. Significant portions of this section of ridgeline are among the most densely vegetated you’ll find in the state.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pisgah Forest
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 1,553 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Local Maps: USGS Shining Rock, Sam Knob
Driving Directions: Directions to Art Loeb Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/29/2009
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We left from the Davidson River Campground to do the 7.2 mile hike described. We got about half way up traveling on the Art Loeb trail and the trail seemed to disappear and we saw no sign of the North Slope Connector shown on the map. Since we didn't want to go wandering all over the place we just turned around and came back the same way.. The map and description don't mention anything about difficulty seeing that part of the loop so thought it would be easy to spot.


9/27/2009
1

Good strenuous trail. The views from the top of Tennent Mountain are excellent. The fall follage was just starting and gave the view extra significance. Watch out after a rain though, much of trail turns into a creek, so bring extra socks. Good for a day hike to make it to Shining Rock. Keep up the pace though, if you get bogged down in the narrow paths, you might not make it back before sunset. There are many great camping sites near the trail, but sucluded. Prepare yourself for a great hike with great views.



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