Art Loeb and North Slope Loop is a 10.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.6 km Elevation Gain: 479 m Route Type: Loop

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Directions from Brevard, NC: Travel US 276 northwest for approximately 1.5 miles to the Davidson River Recreation Area. Trail begins just south along creek.

2 months ago

Long with no real overlook. Pisgah Forest

Pretty trail to hike in the winter. Like the others have said there are only limited views through the trees and it is longer than the map suggests. There are some steep inclines but they are relatively short. Overall a nice trail but nothing spectacular.

4 months ago

washed out
7 months ago

7 months ago

Like most of the Art Loeb, this is not flat. Any photos of the section that show open areas are not correct. There are views, but only during winter through the trees. It's a really good energetic exercise loop of around 8 miles.

washed out
9 months ago

10 months ago

No view and hike is over 8 miles. The pictures shown for this hike do not match the actual hike. No view just a hike through the woods and much longer than 6 miles. We clocked in at 8.3

Sat Mar 30 2019

Pleasant hike. Good markings and some nice views. Kids handled it well.

Sun Mar 10 2019

This is a gem of a trail. Just because it starts at a campground, however, doesn’t mean it’s a cake walk. The Art Loeb goes up and down peaks (rather than sneaking around them) for its whole distance — this section is no exception. Having said that, just take your time and enjoy what you can and what you like. It’s a beautiful area to be sure!

Sun Jan 20 2019

I don’t really know where people took the beautiful view photos from but we didn’t have a clear view at all of the surrounding mountains. It was just small glimpses here and there the entire way. It was an okay hike, need to be in pretty good shape to go, and there is no real reward for the amount of work for this trail. If it hadn’t been winter I don’t know if we would have seen anything at all. But if you like a harder hike and just want to be outside then you’d probably enjoy it.

Wed Oct 03 2018

An ok trail to hike especially if you are camping at Davidson River. Nothing really stood out.

Sat Sep 29 2018

It is a hard trail very rewarding.

Tue Jul 03 2018

Great climb and well maintained!

Fri Apr 06 2018

Loved the hike, went from the campsite out to the connector and back into the trailhead. The connector was tougher than expected but I saw a big buck run across an opposite ridge. Well shaded, with only small areas to get a vista view. Nice walk in the woods for four hours

Wed Dec 27 2017

Outstanding hike!

Tue Nov 21 2017

nice day hike, look forward to hiking the rest of the Art Loeb

Fri Nov 17 2017

Great trail!!

Sun Oct 29 2017

A great trail if you're looking for a steep incline

Mon Sep 18 2017

Thu Aug 24 2017

Love this trail. Today was perfect weather in the low 70's.

Wed Jul 05 2017

good day hike. my GPS put it at 7.75 miles. few steep areas most most were not severe. some nice views, be better in fall, winter or early spring. last few miles by Davidson river are nice. the forestry service was not aware of this loop trail and That at 3.7 miles you take the north sloop connector to North slope back to beginning of Art Loeb.

Sun May 28 2017

Family loves this one. Most of the ascent is in the first half making the return very mellow. Trail quiet even though close to town. Verdant green in spring and early summer. Best views in winter.

Mon Apr 10 2017

If you are trying to do the 7.2 mile segment on this trail make sure you do your research! I ended up going 3 extra miles past the loop and ended up doing a 12 mile hike!!

Sun Mar 19 2017

Wow, what a hike. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Fri Mar 10 2017


Sat Jan 28 2017

I would think the loop includes the north slope

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