Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

EASY 42 reviews

Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
6 minutes ago

Hiked this trail on Sunday along with 16 septillion other people! That said, we went back today and enjoyed a significantly less crowded hike. The weather was comfortable and the constant breeze atop the bald refreshing.
Parking was at a premium Sunday, but plentiful Monday (we arrived around noon both days).
Recommend this hike to anyone interested in majestic 360° views, hiking with little to no gear or packing in and staying the night.

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19 days ago

Start at the Art Loeb trailhead about half way down Black Balsam Road from the Parkway and ascend to a grassy knoll and up to Black Balsam Knob with sweeping 360 degree views from the top - the Shining Rock Wilderness does not disappoint. Great bang for the buck and this popular hike can get crowded.

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20 days ago

1 month ago

Fun trail, avoid on the weekends (LOTS of people)

hiking
1 month ago

Not to be missed!
Gorgeous panoramic views as you ascend the balds.
A few cons:
You have to parallel park at the trailhead and parking is scarce.
It's a short walk through the woods, but the path is paved with rocky stones (kinda wears your shoes out). Also wear good hiking shoes or sneakers for solid footing as you go up the hills.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Awesome trail with great views. Must be spectacular in the fall.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Not a hard trail, but the vistas are stunning! You start in the shady balsam forest and gradually go uphill into an opening and continue to gradually climb to the top where you can see 380 degrees! I felt like I was in The Sound Of Music!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Good hike for the entire family - ages 3 thru 69. Went on a Tuesday to avoid the crowds. Views from the top were spectacular, despite a bit of summer haze. Beware a few spots with large exposed rock that must be climbed, tricky footing for some people in our group. Planning to come back to this spot again with my wife to continue on the ALT to Tennent Mtn and Ivester Gap.

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this walk. Easy hike, awesome panoramic views from the top, and nicely defined trail. It's a heavily traveled trail and area, but a great place nevertheless. Easy parking, great camping and backpacking all the way through on the trail. Outhouse bathrooms about 1.5 miles down the road.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, easy, crowded and spectacular. It does not take long to break out of the trees after leaving the trailhead at Black Balsam Knob Road. It is then a quick climb to the ridge, with tremendous 360 degree views the rest of the way to the top of the Bald. An early start is best. And don't stop there...definitely worth continuing on to Tennent Mountain (at least)!

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2 months ago