Sams Knob via Art Loeb Trail Loop

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NC Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest

Sams Knob via Art Loeb Trail Loop is a 11.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Balsam Grove, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running.

Distance: 11.1 km Elevation Gain: 526 m Route Type: Loop

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forest

views

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scramble

historic site

no dogs

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2 months ago

Gorgeous the whole time.

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6 months ago

This was a great trail with all types of terrain - dirt path, balds, rock path, water crossings, etc. There is better parking if you drive a little past where the trailhead is on this map. If you do park along the road at the suggested trailhead, the first part is a bit of a climb but after that the trail is fairly flat. Great views!

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flooded
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

This was a great route to get three of the 6000+ ft peaks in the area. After ascending the ALT from BRP, we went East on MST. We deviated from the route to get BBK, then went to SK North and south. I had read that there is debate on which is higher, but my phone elevation showed the North as 6070, while the South was 6040. The Chestnut Bald route is an easy off-trail ascent. There really is no distinct trail. The summit is marked with an Orange flagging tape tied to a downed tree with rocks piled on top of it.

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over grown
10 months ago

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muddy
11 months ago

This is a great loop hike with many long range mountain view vantage points looking out different directions along the way. This particular trail recording begins the hike off the Parkway at a graveled pull-off next to an MTS crossing with room for about 4 cars to park. We did this loop counterclockwise. The hike begins with a half-mile scramble up to the Art Loeb intersection and continues through the Red Spruce Forest planted as part of a historic DAR Penny Pine Campaign that occurred around 1940 to replace trees largely burned and logged from the area in the early 1900s. The loop continues close to Black Balsam knob before taking an unmarked connector trail down to the Black Balsam parking area. Next, we headed up to Sams Knob, walking through a beautiful field with many wildflowers. After a stop to take in the views, we came back down and continued on the Flat Laurel trail and made several crossings (rock hop style) across a beautiful creek. The trail became a bit more closed in with trees and summer growth and not quite as well marked in some places on Little Sam Knob trail, so it was good to be keeping track on the All Trails map. We intersected once again with the MTS trail and followed this until getting back to our cars. There is one gorgeous and unexpected vantage point off the MTS high above the Parkway about 1/2 mile from the parking area with views of Looking Glass Rock. The scramble up and down the Art Loeb/MTS trail up the mountain to start the loop was the most challenging part. One could begin this loop from Black Balsam instead and avoid the scramble, but I liked the way the more challenging climbs were during the first half this way. While we saw other hikers, this hike avoided the traffic jam effect that often happens on the nearby Black Balsam-Tennett Mnt. loop. Only about 1/3 of the hike is on the balds. There are trees and shade during the majority of this hike. All Trails app was very helpful to keep up on track especially after Sams Knob back to connect to the MTS trail.

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Sat Jul 21 2018

great hike! wear sunscreen, theres not a whole lot of tree cover in most areas

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4 months ago

recorded Sam Knob Trail

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7 months ago

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