Tennent Mountain & Black Balsam Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Tennent Mountain & Black Balsam Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Canton, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

4.1 miles 746 feet Point to Point

kid friendly




nature trips




wild flowers

Long Range views of several 6000 plus Balds

5 days ago

Amazing trail with great views along the whole thing. Moderate trail, with a few strenuous parts. Busy by the Black Balsam portion. Weather changes very quickly, so pack appropriately.

16 days ago

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2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. There are plenty of wide open views and the hike is a very enjoyable hike. It's best to go during the mid day,sometimes the fog is heavy and the views become obsolete. We really enjoyed this hike. Black Balsam Knob is one of our favorite places to go to,it has many trails to explore.

3 months ago

Gorgeous views and a very enjoyable hike

4 months ago

Beautiful views from top , go early to avoid thunderstorms, parts of trail going to top are badly eroded.

4 months ago

Wear waterproof footwear/boots if you have them. Part of the trail is overgrown and you can't see your footing. It's easy to roll your ankles. The old road is like a creek bed and was pretty wet. Amazing wide open views, what an amazing hike! Go early and avoid crowds and afternoon rainstorms. We parked in parking lot which by the way has awful-horrible bathroom facilities. From the parking lot we back walked uphill down the road we drove on to the art loeb trail, (where all the cars are paralleled parked), ascended to black balsam knob first, then Tennent mtn then followed trail back to parking lot. After which we did Sam knob trail which shares that parking lot.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Absolutely fantastic hike. Beautiful views and wide open! I adore this trail.

5 months ago

Amazing views. Get there early to avoid people.

7 months ago

Breathtaking views. Love Black Balsam and can't wait to hike it more thoroughly again.

8 months ago

This wonderful hike starts on the Ivestor Gap trail,your elevation is 5800 feet, this is an old rocky road that is quite easy to hike, enjoy the magnificent views of Sam's Knob and many other very high mountains. You will follow Ivestor Gap for about 1.7 miles until you come to the Art Loeb Trail. Make a hard turn to the right on Art Loeb, your hike has immediately become moderate as you will ascend the mountain in a rocky trench, continue your climb for about a half mile and you will arrive at the summit of Tennent Mountain. Be sure to check out the plague dedicated to Gaillard Stoney Tennent , who according to the plaque, "established organized hiking in North Carolina", after checking out all of the summit views you will descend Tennent, continuing on Art Loeb, you will then start climbing again in some pretty rocky trenches, then descending and then climbing again until you get to the summit of this fantastic bald! The views are incredible!Be sure to see the benchmark medallion on the summit. You can now head on down Black Balsam and in about a half mile you will arrive at a dense balsam forest, just a short walk through the woods and you are back at the forest service road, follow the road downhill to the parking lot