Art Loeb and North Slope Loop is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail 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.

6.6 miles
1,571 feet

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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.

18 days ago

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

22 days ago

It is a hard trail very rewarding.

3 months ago

Great climb and well maintained!

6 months ago

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

9 months ago

Outstanding hike!

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great trail!!

11 months ago

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 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.

Sunday, 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.

Monday, April 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!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

Friday, March 10, 2017


Saturday, January 28, 2017

I would think the loop includes the north slope

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Quite a hike
More hard as expected, but great

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The entire Art Loeb is amazing and quite the challenge!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Great walk in the woods. No big, open vistas at any point, but a great hike.

Monday, July 04, 2016

It was an amazing trail! I ran on it during Brevard Distance Runners Camp.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Did Art Loeb/Ivestor Gap figure 8 loop, about 8.5 miles. Great trail!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I am stingy with 5 stars. This is 5 stars without a doubt. I have seen it billed as all of the benefits of the AT in a weekend and while that is an exaggeration, I get the comparison.

I started at the boycott camp and walked South, which means you lose overall altitude. 4 miles or so up and then I tool the spur up to the top of cold mountain and slept there. It sounds better than it was. No views, but hey, they named a movie after it so I checked that box.

You then go South through the Shining Rock Wilderness and pass through an area called the narrows, which is just really tall weeds/plants and a little eerie. Then a really solid ridgline with some scrambling. Past some pines and eventually into the open where you hit Flower Gap and are treated to about 6-7 miles of awesome vistas with a lot of up and down over the peaks.

Past black balsam knob and you go down to cross the BRP. Then it is about 18- 20 more miles of peaks with vistas at most of the tops. Much more forested and the climbs get smaller as you get nearer the end. Finish through rhododendron tunnel and out into the campground area.

A couple pieces of advice:
1. Locate water sources before you go. there are not a lot of them so miss one and you will get thirsty
2. If you go late summer/fall be advised when you are in the open area the bees are nuts. Just suck it up and go because you will not avoid them. I did not get stung but the hum of the bees was like a plane
3. Look at a picture of the junction in shining rock. You can take a wrong turn very easily and walk for quite a way
4. I backpacked it and took 2 nights. Take you time and enjoy but...
5. Most of all, do this hike!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Did +/- 20 mile portion from Black Balsam parking lot down to end of the trail near the Davidson camp ground (near the Ranger Station). We spent the night at the Butter Gap shelter. Pretty well marked trail (white blazes). Butter Gap had a decent water source - had to dig it out a bit. Pilot Mountain summit provided some excellent views. Highly recommend this trail.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hardest and most rewarding trail I've done. My 9 month old Aussie mix and I did the entire 33 mile trail from South to North, Davidson River Campground to Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp in 2 nights, 3 days. The weather was terrible, the views were scarce due to fog/rain, and the elevation gain was more drastic than I expected. And we really did 39 miles but I'll get to that in a bit. All that said, it was a great trip.

I got to Daniel Boone around dusk on a Thursday night and slept in my car on the gravel road that's reserved for thru hikers as there are no campsites here that aren't private.

I called a shuttle a couple days in advance ( to take me from Daniel Boone to Davidson Friday morning. If you elect to do the whole thing I highly recommend taking a shuttle and there are none better than Harry. He's a local that's done the entire AT, as well as the Art Loeb, and charges a flat rate of $100 which is as cheap as I found.

The second I stepped out of the shuttle the bottom fell out of the sky. It rained the majority of the trip, especially the first two days. I got on trail about 9:15 and went about 2 miles when I ran into two girls my age (mid 20's) that were doing the whole trail as well, so we decided to go at it together. Somewhere between mile 3-5 we missed a trail mark on our left when we hit a clearing and followed an old service road that looked like a wide trail for about 2 miles until we realized we were going the wrong way. We doubled back, found the trail mark, and pressed on. The trail the majority of the first day was a moderate incline that took a bit of a toll, but was manageable. We passed Butter Gap around 6:00 and camped about a half mile up. There is a water source at Butter Gap!

We got a late start on Day 2 (about 9:15) and went for roughly 2 miles before we hit the hardest part of the trip. Pilot Mtn. It was my first experience with switchbacks and rocky terrain in a torrential downpour. We went what seemed like straight up for an eternity and the rain didn't let up until we hit the peak. The sky cleared and the views were phenomenal. We stayed on Pilot for about 20 minutes and headed back down the other side.

We reached Deep Gap around 1:00 and stopped for lunch. We were exhausted and didn't leave until almost 3:00. The rain let up while we were in the shelter but it let loose the second we packed up to leave. 90% of the rest of that day was uphill. Some switchbacks, some gradual inclines, and some steps. We got to the road about 6:00 and followed to the left about 3/4 of a mile to a campsite with a water source near by. We were absolutely dead by the time we got the camp set up and got into dry clothes.

Weather delayed us again on day 3 and we started around 9:00. We got lost about 2 miles into the trail. The Mountains to Sea Trail is also marked with a white trail mark and the two intersect near the parkway. We followed the MST downhill in the wrong direction and ended up well out of the way. We made our way back at the top of Black Balsam but the weather stole our view.

The rest of the trail is fairly downhill after Black Balsam. The terrain gets a little tough and there are some dangerous downhill sections a few miles after Black Balsam. Water is scarce at this point and the trail isn't very well marked. The last 4-5 miles seemed like 15 but they were downhill so it wasn't awful. We got back to our cars around 6:30.

All around great experience. I recommend really knowing your water sources, bring trekking poles. and try to actually stay on the trail. Plan for 3 days, 2 nights if you're going South to North unless you are extremely experienced.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Great trail. The markers are hard to find on top. But one can always find their way back, if they want to.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

One of my favorite trails on the east coast!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Good run. You can take it to the fish hatchery or even all 33 miles to camp daniel boone, crossing Black balsam knob at 6,000 ft.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Make this a good day trip. Pretty good ascent right off the bat. Foliage is dense enough you miss the views on the ridges. I'd come back when the leaves are off the trees. Otherwise a pretty trail and not many people on it. I know, I cleared all the cobwebs for everybody else who might follow.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Excellent for backpacking and good for day hikes if doing short in and out hike. Nice ridge trail with better views in the winter. Varied fauna in spring and summer. Great fall colors.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Did art loeb trail to black balsam knob and camped on the bald at 6200 ft and 14 degrees... Hiked the next day to deep gap and took spur back to parkway miles from my truck..great hike, just take a gps

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