Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

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Shining Rock Wilderness Area

Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily 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: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
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2 days ago

Amazing views- the trail was easy but there were times it was a bit steep. Worth the hike. Friends and I camped here for a night and had the best time. Be sure to bring some fuel for fire (kindle is scarce). Overall 10/10!!

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4 days ago

Some of the best views in WNC

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5 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous views.

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7 days ago

Great easy trail! It had a lot of loose rocks that made up the trail so you might wanna wear solid shoes just in case. It was really cloudy when I went but I’ve seen it without the clouds and it’s gorgeous either way. It’s mostly a very slow gradual incline and gets a wee bit steeper when you get closer to the top. It’s a very short trail but worth it if you are in the area. It is a really popular trail so get there really early or late to get a decent park!

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rocky
10 days ago

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16 days ago

great hike! there are lots of hikes around there and several that connect so make sure to follow the right path. the trailhead is at the very end of the road past the parking lot. it wasn’t too busy or too hard and the views from the top are beautiful!

18 days ago

great short easy hike to see 360 views of mountains!!! loved it

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23 days ago

Easy trail, half of it in the forest and half of it on top of the grassy knob. Beautiful views of many mountains nearby

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1 month ago

Such a beautiful view! Highly recommend!!

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2 months ago

Beautiful 360 views

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2 months ago

My favorite trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

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muddy
4 months ago

My husband and I did this hike with a few friends a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful and sunny day but super chilly because of the wind! It was also the day after a big rainstorm so this whole hike was super muddy. We brought out pup and he was sliding through the mud so we had to pick him up through a couple parts! Lol but I can’t wait to do this hike again when it’s spring/summer!

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6 months ago

Beautiful views!! 10/10 would recommend going here for any backpacking, hiking, camping needs!

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7 months ago

Hiked this one after deciding against climbing nearby Mt. Pisgah (due to a thick blanket of slippery, wet leaves). Turned what could have been a disappointing day into a lovely one!

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7 months ago

It was cloudy with zero visability today but it was still a fun easy hike.

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7 months ago

This is one of my favorite all time hikes. Sometimes you don’t want a challenge and you just want to soak in the views. You hike up a couple of switchbacks through a small forest and BAM 360 degree views all the way past black balsam knob to Tennant Mountain. This hike is a must do. I did see signs of bear activity, so hiker beware. Especially when berries are around.

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no shade
7 months ago

Pretty easy and would be good for both avid hikers and beginners. More for the views than the hike for this one, beautiful 360 views!

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7 months ago

Breathtakingly beautiful trail with views the whole way up. Easy to moderate with parts that get your heart pumping so you feel accomplished plus you see some incredible 360 views!! Not heavily trafficked when I went and can start to see some color change! One of my favorites in this area!

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rocky
7 months ago

Easy hike with great views! Parking was scarce, highly trafficked area but do not feel that took away from the beauty.

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7 months ago

Awesome trail that had amazing views all along the trail, but the view at the end was gorgeous! Our 3 going on 4 year old was able to accomplish it with relative ease and was excited the whole way. Make sure to park near the trailhead if you can as most people will accidentally park at the parking lot at the end of the road. Trail can get narrow at points but there is always some kind of space to step off to the side to let oncoming or faster hikers pass. This is a hike we will continues to do as a family tradition for sure!

Nice out and back. Great views along the way.

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7 months ago

Awesome trail. Views most of the way. Short.

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7 months ago

We started via the Art Loeb Spur trail near the parking lot and made a circle. It was extremely foggy but made for some really cool pictures. The spur trail is a little challenging and slippery.

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8 months ago

Very good hike, we hiked from where the map said but went up towards Tennent Mountain past it to investors gap trail which is for off roading. You can take a small trail that will take you back to the start or you can hitchhike for a tiny bit back to your car using the road. Bring a hat.

Beautiful views. Could not discern the Black Balsam Knob Trail (overgrown) so just did an out-and-back.

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rocky
8 months ago

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