Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

EASY 32 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 a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

hiking
11 days ago

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11 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

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

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20 days ago

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21 days ago

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21 days 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
22 days ago

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22 days 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
25 days 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
27 days 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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30 days ago

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1 month ago

Pretty easy Ridgeline hike with incredible views about 80% of the time. We parked in the designated parking along the side of the road halfway down balsam Road. The trail starts with unpleasant rock gravel for about the first 2/10 of a mile. Once you're out of the forest you're onto a normal trail and can start to see the beautiful views all around you as you ascend to the summit of Black Balsam Knob. The long waving grasses and short shrubs are a welcome change from the mostly forested trails that we have been on, allowing constant views as you hike. Once you hit the summer you can stop and enjoy the views or if you have some spare time I highly recommend you continue on to mount Tennent which, from the parking, is a 1.9 mile hike to get there. After a little work on the Ridgeline you will start a bit of a descent through some higher bushes and you'll have a choice between two main options; on the left is a .7 mile trail that is very gradual descent and on the right is a .4 mile steeper narrower descent to the gap between both mountains. We chose the longer one on the way down in the shorter one on the way back. Both trails have higher shrub so you don't have the same views but there are areas where you have small Lucketts. Once you get to the gap then you start ascending to the summit of Mount Tennent and once again you have views all around you the entire time. At the top we stopped on the rocks and had our lunch with the 360° view. It was absolutely gorgeous. We really enjoyed this hike due to the extensive views you have for the majority of the time that you were hiking. It is a fairly easy hike with some rolling ascents and descents.
You could make a loop trail out of this by taking the investors gap trail from the bottom of Mount tenant. Where we turned around you would continue and go to the left on the investor gaps trail which would actually probably be easier, and it will bring you to the parking lot at the end of the road. Then you would need to walk the maybe half mile road back to your car which would be an easy walk.
There are very basic restroom facilities at the end of the road. Only go if you're desperate if not go back on the parkway a little bit to Mount Pisgah visitor center and picnic area for nicer restroom facilities.

2 months ago

Quick hike with the option to extend your out-and-back to Tennent Mountain (totally worth it!) Hike up to Black Balsam is pretty open but if you decide to continue to Tennent, you walk through very high vegetation in a washed out trail, makes for a fun change of scenery until it opens up again.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty views. Lots of people and lots of dog poop. Good hike with kids, but the dog poop really takes some of the enjoyment away.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago