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Hiking

We tried to find Black Balsam via Art Loeb, but apparently started from the wrong trailhead. Need to investigate further. Art Loeb was relatively steep up to Joel Branch Rd, nicely shaded but no real views. We turned right onto Joel Branch Rd which was wider & sunnier but a bit overgrown. Nice 5.5 mile loop from parking lot- but no views.

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Hiking

This is a GREAT hike. Vista views for most of the trail, I kept thinking of “the hills are alive with with sound of music”. At the start there are a lot of people as it’s a short hike to Tennent mountain, but as you continue the trail becomes much more rugged and narrow (almost like bushwhacking) was glad I had leggings on and not shorts. Unlike most trails in this area it is in the SUN, make sure to pack sunscreen. But along with that you will see lots of wildflowers, and wild blackberries and blueberries! When you get the the largest fork of the trail (over halfway) you go left (right has 2 trails, left has one more rock/gravel trail). The last .25 miles was along the road itself, but otherwise an awesome hike.

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Hiking

The first time I attempted this hike I went on a Sunday around 11:00 and there were so many people, you had to park 1/2 mile or more from the trailhead. I tried it again on a weekday morning around 7:00 and it was perfect - just me and my dog. The top of the trail gets pretty steep and challenging, but it was worth it at the top - even on a foggy morning.

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nice easy hike up, great views

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HikingGreat!

Highly highly highly recommended this trail, especially on a clear, nice day. The elevation at the top of the Knob is 6,200 feet, so you have fantastic vista views of the surrounding ridges and mountain ranges. The hike is pretty easy and is only a mile or two in length, so the “bang for your buck” is a no-brainer. We did the Looking Glass Trail hike a couple days later and though it was fun and had nice views, it was no comparison to the views on top of Black Balsam Knob. Pair this hike with Graveyard Fields (Upper and Lower Falls) for a nice morning or later afternoon combination. Graveyard Fields is located just 5 minutes drive away.

C. L. McCauley reviewed Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
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Hiking

Easy trail, starts in a beautiful evergreen forest then comes out to a clearing on top of a grassy knob. I took my profile picture up here

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HikingGreat!Rocky
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HikingRocky

Great sunrise and loop hike. Had a nice mixture of rocky areas to climb and then the investor gap road to easily head back.

William Cottrell reviewed Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
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Hiking
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Hiking

Overgrown, definitely needed the app, beautiful and highly recommend

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Allen Doty reviewed Art Loeb Trail
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Walking

Nice

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Hiking
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Highly recommend! Gorgeous views. Strenuous enough of a hike that if felt like we were getting exercise, but not to where it wasn’t enjoyable. We went counter- clockwise; I will say that the last half going counterclockwise was easier, but not as scenic so if you wanted to save the best for last, start at the trailhead by the bathrooms instead & it will spit you out on the road above. Either way, it was great. We also accidentally hiked ivestor (sp?) gap on accident because we wrongly assumed we should hug the right trail the whole time so watch for when you need to take a sharp left if you don’t plan on hiking it. Even without our detour, I think its a bit closer to a 2 1/2 hour hike at a good pace. Lots of gorgeous campsites along the way. So pretty!

Ohad N. reviewed Big East Fork Trail
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Mat Stribling reviewed Shining Rock Loop
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Jacob Coats reviewed Art Loeb Trail
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Backpacking

3 days 30.1 miles total we hiked south to north. Started at Davidson river camp ground and finished at Daniel Boone scout camp. Good water at Butter gap shelter, deep gap shelter, multiple water points around shinning rock and on the section between Daniel Boone scout camp and cold mountain. We parked one vehicle at each end so no shuttle service was needed. Camp sites all over the trail for the full 30 miles. Highly recommend camping on or around black balsam knob.

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Adam Dotson reviewed Art Loeb Trail
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Running

Just did the first 4 miles and back for a lil taste. Got some very nice rain. Up up up and then down down down.

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Forrest Roberts reviewed Art Loeb Trail
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Hiking

Type 2 fun

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Cheyanna Weaver reviewed Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
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Reid Hanson reviewed Big East Fork Trail
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Rocky

Great trail! We took our 10 and 12 year olds with us and only hiked the 1st portion along the stream. We climbed down into the water several times. All told we were on the trail for a couple of hours and were just slow rolling taking the sights in.

Hillary Williams reviewed Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail
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