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Tennent Mountain via Black Balsam Knob and Art Loeb Trail

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Balsam Grove, North Carolina

Tennent Mountain via Black Balsam Knob and Art Loeb Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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, running, and nature trips.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Out & Back
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Please note that the main trail that goes right to the top is currently closed for erosion. Beautiful hike. Definitely difficult on some parts. Lots of people so arrive early. There are a couple of sections were you're scaling short but moderately steep exposed rock faces, but there are sufficient ridges and steps built in that they are easily manageable. Once you reach the knob there's a nice outcropping for sitting and taking in the views. There's a plaque at the knob commemorating Art Loeb. You'll notice that the summit of this mountain is actual several yards beyond the knob.

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Janice Roetzel
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Tom Monaghan
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Very rocky & wet, but great views

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Mack Borrowman
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Great hike! Clocked in about 4 with the overlooks. Definitely gets busy on the weekends

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Trung Lively
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Troy Makulec
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Amazing 360 views from Black Balsam and Tenant Mountain.

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Deanna J
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BackpackingNo shadeOver grownRocky

Gorgeous views, great hike, just loads of people. Please remember, Leave No Trace.

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Sarah Weiffenbach
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Rick Lawrence
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Muddy! Not very well marked. Use your app!

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Leslie Hutchings
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Stunning hike! Can't wait to do it again.

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Amber Alsobrooks
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Agreed w “easier side of moderate.” Did 2 days in a row, 2nd day was rainy and very windy, which makes for far fewer people and some fun stomps through water. Both days very foggy so not what most people expect for views but great feeling to be “in the clouds.” Go early, this area would be very crowded and difficult to distance if later and in brighter weather. Bring an extra layer in case of climate change!

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William Stejskal
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Great views

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James Jagodzinski
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Dale Allen
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Ash Truesdale
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

We did it out and back in 3 hours with my 4 month old strapped to my chest and through a rain storm. Beautiful hike, some overgrown areas but definitely the easier side of moderate

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Nick Cerda
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Dustin Simmons
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Awesome hike. Once you get past Black Balsam the crowd thins out. Moderate. My 3 year old handled it well at about a mile per hour pace.

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James Whiting
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Holly Morrison
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It was an incredible hike! Would definitely recommend.

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Nils Been
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If you are up to a challenge with a wide diversity of terrain and plant life this will do. Be sure to go counterclockwise which will take you down through Graveyard Fields. At about 7 miles there is a beautiful place at the deepest point of the hike in a gorge. Great place to set up camp. Stunning. You’ll spend day two experiencing wide open views on 6,000+ foot mountain tops. Does not get better than this.

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Erik Hoffman
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Breeanna Christian
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Nice, open hike! Good views on both sides while you’re going up.

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Jim Cuny
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Wife and i hiked the out and back last weekend. Incredible views, less people once u get past first peak...and great to get above the tree-line and some cooler temps.

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Damon Williams
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Absolutely breathtaking hike. The trail gets narrow a little while after you go past Black Balsam Knob to where only one person can fit due to the brush and plants on either side. There were points in the trail where it was so narrow that I just lifted my arms up so that they wouldn’t get caught in the brush. Definitely bring bug spray since the flies are crazy and be aware of bees, especially on the narrow parts of the trail. It’s very rocky but I wouldn’t say it’s that challenging. Beautiful 360 degree views at many points in the trail. It reminded me a lot of a trail I’ve done in Colorado where you’re just exposed climbing the side of a mountain. It definitely became one of my top 3 hikes of all time, rivaling trails in Colorado and Alaska. It can get crowded but after you pass Black Balsam Knob, there are less and less people, since most don’t want to venture that far. I will definitely be back

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