Black Balsam Knob High Loop

Asheville, North Carolina 28802

Black Balsam Knob High Loop

Black Balsam Knob High Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Black Balsam Knob is a favorite destination of many Western North Carolina hikers. For sure, the views from there and from Tennent Mountain are arguably some of the best in the Southeast. You will see for yourself on this loop hike: it follows the narrow Ivestor Gap dirt road to the Shining Rock boundary and then loops back to the parking lot on the most dramatic and scenic section of the Art Loeb Trail.

Several unmarked side trails lead from Black Balsam ridge; use a USGS or National Geographic map to follow them. Also, because of the high elevation and lack of tree cover, carrying sunscreen is advisable year-round."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
387 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Free and always open, but vehicle access to this hike is unavailable when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed. Check for real-time road closures
5,818 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,205 feet
Top Elevation
Blue Ridge Parkway: 828-298-0398,; Shining Rock Wilderness: 828-257-4200,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District, USGS Shining Rock, Sam Knob
Local Maps

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Dec 2018