Art Loeb Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from December until February.
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.
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!!
Wow, what a hike. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
I would think the loop includes the north slope
Quite a hike
More hard as expected, but great
The entire Art Loeb is amazing and quite the challenge!!
Great walk in the woods. No big, open vistas at any point, but a great hike.
It was an amazing trail! I ran on it during Brevard Distance Runners Camp.
Did Art Loeb/Ivestor Gap figure 8 loop, about 8.5 miles. Great trail!
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!