Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail

Canton, North Carolina

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Cold Mountain—the legendary namesake of the fictional novel and Hollywood movie—is a real place. It is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States and juts majestically out of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest. Cold Mountain is not your typical tourist attraction. The 6030-foot summit is accessible only by foot by way of several trails, the “easiest” of which is the nearly 11-mile round-trip hike described here. Forest rangers say that even though interest in the hike has increased, many who attempt the feat are not properly prepared and turn back halfway, discouraged by its difficulty. If you and your dog are experienced and in-shape hikers, this is a trail worth seeing to the end.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Cold Mountain—the legendary namesake of the fictional novel and Hollywood movie—is a real place. It is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States and juts majestically out of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest. Cold Mountain is not your typical tourist attraction.

The 6030-foot summit is accessible only by foot by way of several trails, the “easiest” of which is the nearly 11-mile round-trip hike described here. Forest rangers say that even though interest in the hike has increased, many who attempt the feat are not properly prepared and turn back halfway, discouraged by its difficulty. If you and your dog are experienced and in-shape hikers, this is a trail worth seeing to the end.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, and early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,250 feet
Top Elevation: 6,030 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Carolina Mountain Club; Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Cruso; USGS Waynesville; Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/16/2011
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Tough day hike. Make sure it is going to be clear up top or you will miss the view. There are a handful of campsites at the top to choose from it you want to make it an over-nighter.


7/3/2011
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This trail was very difficult but rewarding. The hike starts at the very beginning going straight up for 5.3 miles. Once you get to the top you have to go through bushes (literally) until you reach the summit which is marked on a rock. The views were spectacular. The trail guide said that the path was hard to follow but I didn't find it to be difficult. Remember to bring a lot of water and food.



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