Art Loeb Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews

Art Loeb Trail is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4461 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

forest

views

Open hike over balds, with multiple 360 degree views for miles.... The portion of the Art Loeb Trail is most spectacular. Black Balsam and Tennant Mountains both exceed 6,000 feet in elevation. The balds provide fantastic 360* views all around, and everywhere else is just about 180* views. Fantastic! The trail I've outlined in the TPO is a figure-8 loop, keeping to the Art Loeb trail in portions, taking an old forest-service road in others.This way you get the combined beauty of the Art Loeb trail with a mixture of wooded-views from the service-road (avoiding redundant stuff that comes with out-and-back hikes). Be wary of spring/summer storms on those balds!!!!

20 hours ago

hiking
10 days ago

We hiked from the Black Balsam parking lane/area to Shining Rock. We had three dogs with us and they LOVED it. Tough hike, but totally do-able and worthwhile if you are in reasonably good shape. Art Loeb trail is fairly difficult to follow since there are no blazes to speak of; I did use the Alltrails map and tracker to make sure we stayed on the trail since nothing is really marked. Shining Rock is pretty sweet!

13 days ago

backpacking
21 days ago

Difficult to navigate if you don't have a map. There are trails everywhere, and once you get past Tennent Mountain there aren't any blazes, so it's hard to tell what trail you're actually on. The views though were amazing.

backpacking
1 month ago

I just spent the night at Flower Gap last night. It was May 7th and it was cooold! The area I camped in was open so it was windy but the views were spectacular! I watched the sunset and sunrise over the mountains all around. No bear run-ins thank God. I think that they are out more in the summer when all of the blueberries are blooming. The Ivestor Gap trail was really wet. Recent rains and snow have a lot of the trail looking like a creekbed. I will take that on day two instead of up and down. All in all, a great overnight trip.

1 month ago

backpacking
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backpacking
3 months ago

What a great place to be, working bald to bald. The knobs allow 360 degree vistas on clear days, magical.

3 months ago

Such a great out n back! Highly suggest to backpackers looking for a good 1-2 nights.

hiking
3 months ago

i haven't done this trail in years but it was a childhood favorite of mine. Shining rock was one to the more memorable hikes I have as a young teenager.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the most beautiful areas in the southeast

3 months ago

Just gorgeous! Great trail for doggies. 360 degree views of the mountains at some points.

backpacking
4 months ago

Done this trail a few times from Davidson River Campground in Pisgah, up over the Parkway and into Shining Rock Wilderness to Camp Daniel Boone.
One of my favorites in the area for sure. Also a nice addition to cut down the Parkway following the road to Sam Knob and then connecting back to the bald via Art Loeb spur trail.

hiking
4 months ago

The best!

backpacking
4 months ago

Great hike to Shining Rock from Blue Ridge Pkwy over Black Balsam Knob and camped on a bald before Shining Rock.