Ivestor Gap Trail to Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Ivestor Gap Trail to Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1414 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

From the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 420.2, turn right on FS 816 and drive to the end of the road where you can park, its approximately 1.3 miles

3 days ago

Awesome trail. Great Views. Some water on the start of the trail. Well worth the hike to the summit.

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17 days ago

Starting from end of Black Balsam Road, Ivestor Gap trail is the flat trail to the right of the rest rooms that looks like a fire road. It can get water logged after a good rain. The trail is pretty flat until you get to the intersection with the Art Loeb Trail. Take a right uphill to Tennent Mountain through small trees and blueberry bushes. The trail is rocky and becomes a stream bed during heavy rains so watch your step going up. On the roof at Tennent Mountain, the world opens up with awesome 360 degree views of the Shining Rock Wilderness - quite a spectacle with all the hills, small mountains and far reaching views. From there you descend along the ridge line and then back up to Black Balsam Knob and then down again to the grassy knoll that intersects with the Art Loeb Spur trail which will take you back to the parking lot at the end of Black Balsam Road. Or you can proceed down the Art Loeb trail to the other parking area, but will have to walk down the road to your vehicle. Great loop and very popular on weekends and holidays.

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2 months ago

Great! We did the loop from Art Loeb Trail
(Halfway up the road between the pkwy & parking lot) over Black Balsam Knob and Tennant Mtn., then took the Ivestor gap trail back towards the car (a nice 5 mile loop). There's an uphill Art Loeb spur trail nearby the parking lot that is def more fun than walking back on the road. Take it too. Very doable. Enjoy!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Easily one of my favorite hikes in the WNC region. Cool landscapes with consistent elevation gain to make the views even better.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

I arrived with high expectations for this long anticipated hike and they were definitely met. The views while traveling along the lengthy exposed balds are unbelievable. I parked in the lot at the end of the road and walked back a little over half a mile to start on the Art Loeb Trail. It is only a few short minutes before you break out of the trees on the way up to the summit of Black Balsam Knob, the tallest in the immediate area at 6,214 feet. I think I enjoyed Tennent Mountain even more though, with its slightly more challenging climb and descent and, if possible, even more sweeping views (plus fewer people while I was there and a more remote feeling). I turned back after reaching the Ivestor Gap area. The return on the Ivestor Trail was easier with a much more level grade. Be sure to allow more time than usual for a hike of this moderate length so you can take in as much of the undulating scenery as possible!

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3 months ago

If you start on ivestor gap, I would recommend taking a right at the beginning to get up black balsam mtn. then descend from tennet mtn. At the intersection take a sharp left and you're back on ivestor to the parking lot.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Majestic views! Moderate hiking conditions due to narrow rock laden trails. While hiking it's often necessary to look down instead of forward to a solid tripping. At the summit the views are incredible making it all worthwhile.

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4 months ago

I'd definitely like to return on a clear day. Hike was easy, low impact in spite of trail erosion.

4 months ago

Good hike for almost anyone. Take water.

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5 months ago

Great trail

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5 months ago

Had to get back up to my favorite trail in the East. Picture perfect day, got to the trailhead at Graveyard trail and ascended upwards from Sam's Knob > Black Balsam Knob > Overlook to decent and climb to and from Tennent Mt. Temps in the mid 60's, light winds and surrounded by roaring mountains.

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5 months ago