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Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain Loop is a 11.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canton, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.5 mi Elevation gain 1,751 ft Route type Loop
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Lauren Driscoll
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WalkingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Awesome trail! I agree with the overgrown areas. I recommend wearing longer pants and bringing shorts if you want. My legs got a little cut up from some bushes but nothing terrible. Would definitely do this again.

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Kate Lysaught
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Hiking

Beautiful vistas on both mountain peaks! In late August we saw dozens of butterflies and wild flowers all along the trail (bees too!) and around us. It wasn’t very crowded, and much of the hike was in complete solitude. Only taking a star off because the mud and the standing water on the trails seemed like it went on for miles across various parts of the trail. Had to either skip on rocks or bush wack. The Graveyard Fields Trail part of the loop was very overgrown with not a lot to see, it was helpful to wear long sleeves and pants. Many parts of the other trails were fairly overgrown but for shorter stretches. If I did this trail again, I would do it as an out-and-back to the two peaks on Mountain To Sea, and skip the Graveyard Fields trail all together.

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Colton Schille
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Agree with David’s review. Good trail with fantastic views but at times difficult to follow the trail. Wouldn’t do in anything less than waterproof hiking boots - very wet/muddy and at times hiking through streams. Pretty overgrown - wear long sleeves and pants. The views at Tennent mountain can’t be beat.

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Chris M
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

This was a great hike. I started from Black Balsam. Cutting the distance down to 5.6 miles. Would be better if all the tourists went home.

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David Earl
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Great views for most of the trail. North boundary of the hike at Graveyard Ridge Trail was essentially walking through a creek. Trail was difficult to navigate, and my wife's trail runners and socks were soaked all the way through. Some areas of the trail seemed more strenuous than moderate. Some areas of the Art Loeb Trail coming down from Black Balsam knob were drop-offs of more than two feet, and the switchbacks heading up the other side of Black Balsam Knob on the Mountains to Sea Trail left us a little winded. Still a fantastic experience and a worthy trip.

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Brackin Kirkland
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HikingMuddyRocky
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April Kelly
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BackpackingMuddy

Trip taken mid-Oct. 2019. A perfect first backpacking trip to take my boyfriend on. Started in the late afternoon and camped on top of Tennant Mtn. Views were breathtaking, wind was howling. Woke up in the clouds the next day. A wet, muddy second half of the trip but the trees were just starting to turn! Highly recommend.

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Zach Pazol
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Hiking

Very wet trail but well worth it for the amazing views

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Miki Ashino
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

We hiked in early Nov. some parts are muddy and wet. Make sure to have good hiking shoes. The view is beautiful. Some challenging parts here and there but pretty moderate overall.

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Christy Seagraves
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HikingMuddyRocky

This was a great adventure hike for me and my ten year old granddaughter, who is a great hiker! The trail is very rocky at times, very steep at other times and extremely wet and muddy in places. The right shoes are a must, some places are nothing but marshy, bog-like areas to navigate. But the variety of terrain is wonderful, the views and scenery are spectacular! Hope to go back for an over night trip someday, lots of great spots to camp.

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Cody Koski
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HikingRocky

My wife and I are winging it in the Shinning Rock Wilderness. Going ham on all the trails. We started at the top of Tennent Mountain and came towards our campsite on the Art Loeb Trail. Can’t wait to keep coming back here

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Miranda Pressnell
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

Hiked in the summer. Lovely scenery and wildflowers, but overgrown in many areas to the point that you’re basically bushwhacking. I had no idea how many bees there would be out there—I’ve never been close to so many. At a couple points there was so much buzzing I thought I was walking into a swarm. Since the trail is overgrown you have to really brush past them and push away flowers they’re feeding on. Watch your step and make sure you know if you’re allergic or not! Trail intersections are usually unmarked so check your map. The entrance is a bit hard to find off the road. The trail was also extremely busy and sometimes there’s no place to sit due to large groups hanging out at the summit. That all being said, the views are lovely.

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David Angelus
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HikingMuddyOver grownScramble

Great views after some moderate hiking through portions of overgrown and rocky trail. At the summit, we we caught in a downpour that created a flash flood on the trail returning to the trail head. Just added some additional adventure and some portions of fast moving deep water to navigate as the trail turned into a river almost immediately.

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Annalee Peters
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Hiking

Great hiking! Views were fantastic from the top of Tennant Mountain and the rhododendrons were in full bloom.

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