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North Slope is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 518 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Clayton Stephens
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Lovely trail. Easy. Didn't really exert myself at any point along the way. I was staying at the campground and found the trailhead by accident while out exploring. Decided to take the trail on a whim without a day pack. Said hello to a couple of townies who were out running the trail. Beautiful serene forest. Lots of nice views of the river below. Make sure you go see the historic graveyard on the way to the trailhead -- a mother and daughter are interred there and their story is quite sad. There is also an interesting memorial marker for a ranger named Ted Seely that is worth stopping and reading.

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Matt W
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Janice Rote
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Steve McBrite
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Did this from the parking area just off of 276 making this hike about 5.7 miles. Nice walk that follows the river a bit before ascending up then following the the side of the mountain back to campground.

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Curtis Hagenau
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Running

4 miles of quiet rhododendron tunnels With packed leaf litter trail. Very nice

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Anastasia Bubin
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Great trail for a hot day. Lots of shade a natural springs creating a cool cave in the rock formations. A little tough to find the trail head in the campground, but just follow the map and you’ll be alright.

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Reagan Shepherd
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Really pretty Trail, well maintained

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Patrick H
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We hiked this trail today. It’s really only convenient for those staying at the campground. A little hard to find. On the day after Christmas we only passed to other small groups. No waterfalls or views but at the start there were nice sounds of the river but also lots of car and truck sounds from the road below. Skip this trail and look for something better.

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Thomas Milliat
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Beau sentier plutôt facile, la seule montée est très courte et peu ardue. Les petites rigoles d’eau dans les roches sont magnifiques. Attention aux nombreuses racines qui jonchent la route!

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John Whitten
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Hiking

Nice trail. Hiked early November....about 50 degrees. Loved being next to the river. Saw only one person....on a mountain bike. Makes me grateful I was on foot!

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Caroline F
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Running

This is probably my favorite trail running spot. It’s a challenge to find the trail (starting from the campground entrance) - I always forget which left it is. Decent uphill to start, but flat for the majority of the hike. You’ll go through rhododendron thickets, over little streams with cool plant life. Don’t miss the right turn that loops back to the parking lot - if you stay straight, you’ll be on the Art Loeb for about 20 miles. No views of the mountains, but it’s nice being by the river (including one of my favorite swimming holes).

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Ashley Williams
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Decent hike, great for the pups, but no view point. Many ups and down so wasn’t too strenuous. Went on a Monday and only ran into two mountain bikers the whole time. There are many more unique trails right around this area I would choose over this one, but still a good workout and cool to pop into the river after the hike!

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Ted Watson
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Ernie Hollingsworth
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An ok hike but nothing really stands out.

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Ryan Floyd
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Fun trail for young kids.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

Nice moderate hike trough the forest with nice views of the river.

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E Dale Stone
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Nice hike steep at beginning levels off soon then downhill. Wet leaves made footing dicey on the up part. Level along the Davidson. Best views along the river. Glad we did this !

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Michael Schrader
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Running

Nice, easy trail for a good run. Went left to right as to go up the steeper side of the trail. Once you come to the Art Loeb trail fork, it levels out into a fun bit of small ups and downs with some sharp turns. No look out points along this trail so it's a good one to keep a strong pace.

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Kevin Kehres
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This is my "go to" hike in Pisgah. The trail head is beyond the entrance to the campground. Park at the Art Loeb lot and head over there -- chat with the friendly rangers who are checking in the campers. You'll eventually come to a parking area on the left with two information signs. The trail head is past the furthest sign...around the rest rooms for the campground. You used to be able to go through the amphitheater to get to the trail, but they've routed hikers around it...a little confusing, but just keep going through the camping area to reach the new trailhead. The loop trail really starts "behind" the amphitheater. You can go right or left. I prefer left. Some early steep sections going up hill and then it's just slow and steady up or level until after you reach the Art Loeb Connector Trail, when it goes down. Once you get almost all the way down, the trail turns sharply right -- this is really easy to miss. If you do miss it, you've added a little length to the trail...you'll come to the Davidson River...turn right and keep walking past the English Chapel...you'll get to the parking lot eventually. This is spring wildflower heaven. April/May -- magnificent. Otherwise a very pretty hike and not overly strenuous. Mountain biking is allowed from October through March, otherwise it's hiking only. Some minor erosion in spots due to mountain biking, but otherwise in really good shape.

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Erin Hanson
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Camped at Davidson River Campground and there was a trailhead was directly across from our site (#88). Very shady, which was nice. Lots of roots, so watch your step. No real "views" to mention, and no waterfalls or river access or anything, but it was nice for a moderate and relatively quiet walk in the woods. There were definitely some steep inclines that could be problematic if you're out of shape and/or not used to hiking at any kind of elevation. And like I said, you definitely have to watch your footing. Overall, it was a nice, shady walk and we only saw a few other people on the trail, which is saying something because there seemed to be people EVERYWHERE the weekend we went.

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Kavin Ferguson
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This was a nice moderate hike. There were a few inclines and declines, but nothing to challenging. The views were mainly of valleys, there were no overlooking views sadly. One of the most impressive things about this hike was the amazing rhododendron canopies that seem to be at every turn. This hike will have to be completed again when the rhododendron are in full bloom. Not to be out done by the rhododendron the views of Davidson River were spectacular. Tip: Don’t park at the ranger station instead park at Davidson River campground parking look just past the entry gate/booth or park at the Art Loeb parking area. Overall nice marked trail. Get Out and Hike!

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Lynn Coleman
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Mallory Miller
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Mike Pelz
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Christy Robinson
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shawn mahan
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Allan White
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Lynn Grimes
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