Art Loeb Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain10,261ft
Trailhead Elevation2,150ft
Elevation Min/Max2133/5084ft
Elevation Start/End2150/2150ft

Art Loeb Trail

Art Loeb Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Transylvania County and Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness and Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 28.7 miles long and begins at 2,150 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 10,261 feet. The Art Loeb Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. Tennent Mountain (elevation 6,056 feet), Stairs Mountain (elevation 5,764 feet), High Knob (elevation 2,615 feet), Black Balsam Knob (elevation 6,201 feet), Rich Mountain (elevation 3,573 feet), Chestnut Mountain (elevation 3,688 feet), Pilot Mountain (elevation 5,072 feet), Sassafras Knob (elevation 4,938 feet), and Grassy Cove Top (elevation 6,050 feet), Butter Gap Shelter, Deep Gap Shelter, and another camp site, and the Shining Rock Wilderness forest can be seen along the trail. There are also drinking waters along the trail. The trail ends near Silvermine Bald (elevation 5,978 feet). There is also an information board near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Estatoe Trail, Ivestor Gap Trail, Horse Cove, Mountains to Sea Trail, Art Loeb Spur Trail, Cat Gap Loop 120, 106 Farlow Gap, 359a North Slope Connector, Cedar Rock Mountain Trail, 123 Butter Gap, Graveyard Ridge Trail, Old Butt Knob Trail, Shining Creek Path, Greasy Cove Trail, Cold Mountain Trail and Little East Fork Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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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."

Art Loeb Trail Trip Reports

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Shining Rock Wilderness
Skill Level
USGS Shining Rock, Sam Knob
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