Art Loeb Trail

MODERATE 52 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.

17.1 miles 4461 feet 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!!!!

4 days ago

backpacking
11 days ago

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

12 days ago

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

hiking
12 days 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
14 days ago

One of the most beautiful areas in the southeast

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

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

The best!

backpacking
1 month ago

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

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4 months ago

Completed a small part of this trail; round trip was around 5 miles. Make sure to wear sunscreen because once you get to the top you are pretty much exposed. Once you get to the top you have 360 degree views of the mountains. Some parts were a bit rocky and narrow so you will get scuffed up by the brush. We took our lab with us and there were several other hikers out with their dogs.

4 months ago

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backpacking
6 months ago

Best 3 day 2 night backpacking trail in Pisgah. Great scenic views as you climb. Must do if you like to backpack and hike more than just a few miles!