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Great little hike with exceptional views. I started at 4pm and it took me 1.5 hours to reach the end, which is just past the summit. A little less time to make it back down. Saw plenty of hikers on the way up but I was second to last for the day. A good deal of erosion but still enjoyable. Nothing at all treacherous or steep. I'd say this barely rates as "moderate". There is a peregrine falcon nest at the summit. Real cool to watch several of them fly around. Awesome views and nice to see the rare Carolina hemlocks. Nearly stepped on a copperhead as I started my turn back from the ledge. Luckily he wasn't offended and even let me snap some pictures. Very enjoyable and I'd do it again.

Great hike with a steady climb. Not sure why it’s rated as hard. There where only a few points that were a little technical. Wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing. Find a spot to sit down and enjoy the view. Definitely would do this again when I visit.

Amazing view at the summit. Plan to start early and take plenty of water and food with you. The hike is not easy, but is worth the effort.

hiking
6 days ago

Not as hard as others are making it out to be (not technical at all - I would feel comfortable bringing dogs or kids). Solidly moderate with a good bit of elevation gain. The final switchbacks are a bit overgrown. Nice and shady, secluded with few other folks on the trail. A lovely time.

Great workout hike! The view from John Rock is definitely worth the climb. Lots of roots and other tripping hazards. Also a few nasty yellow jacket nests on the Cat Gap Trail after the John Rock bypass. Watch out for them if you’re going to do this Trail in the summer or early Fall.

Great hike- Tim’s favorite so far. Done 15 September 2019. Start at 950 and finished at 1 pm

RT in 6.2 miles. The last half mile gets dicey with many rocks and roots— be careful. Overall, rewarding hike for the views, despite the cloudy conditions.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Fun short trail to get you in the woods for some shade in the summer. My Boston Terrier loved it!

Fun hike! We hiked this in the morning starting at around 8:30 on 9/10 which was perfect weather wise. Only saw about 5 people total on the trail. Tracked 6.6 miles in 3 hours total round trip! Saw a copperhead sitting in the sun in the middle of the trail so we sidestepped off a bit to avoid him. Great views at the end, but if you have kids or pets there is a big slope with a drop off so be carful.

on Art Loeb Trail

backpacking
10 days ago

This trail is very poorly marked, so I highly recommend a detailed map and maybe even a compass. Blazes and signs are few and far between. There were plenty of times when I would come to trail intersections with no blazes, signs, or other markings. Over the length of the Art Loeb there are MANY intersections with lots of other trails and only a handful are actually labeled. For example, about 3.6 miles into the trail starting from Daniel Boone (the northern end), you will come to a large-ish campsite. There are three other trails leading off in different directions: one is the Art Loeb going south, another goes up to Cold Mountain, and a third goes off somewhere else (northward). None were marked with signs or blazes. The only way to know which is which would be with a good map and knowing your location on the trail. Don't let this discourage you, though. There are many beautiful parts to the trail and I am glad that I chose to hike it. But definitely bring a good, detailed map, and study it beforehand.

hiking
11 days ago

Not crowded at all. The falls are an uphill scramble. Don’t just stop at the bottom! Lots of fallen timber in the falls, but worthwhile

Beautiful, super easy, and a great start to a Pisgah experience.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail map is wrong. Trail does not diverge into a waterfall trail that I could find. Ended up hiking on a vehicle service trail and found nothing notable. Don’t do this hike.

hiking
11 days ago

9/10/19—-This was a great moderate hike. It took us about 3 hours total (we sat at the top for about 30-45 minutes) to complete. I was told by some passer by hikers that they saw a copper head snake but we did not see one at all. I did have my dog, 20lb schnauzer, with me and she did get stung by a bee. I didn’t see a hive but it could have been something on the ground she was sniffing into that made the bee attack her. So please beeware. If you start at the back of the fish hatchery please know that it is a steep wash out trail that you take to the top. Also if there has been a lot of rain I would not take this trail. It seems like it it could be quite muddy in some areas.

I tracked 7 miles in and out, hard but the view is so worth it. Plan for 3-4 hours total. Take Plenty of water and snacks

This is a tough hike but the view from John Rock is worth it. I highly recommend a hiking pole too for creek crossings and climbing up and down the mountain.

Long moderate uphill hike (1,700 feet) with excellent views just past the helicopter landing zone and the summit. Trail is in good condition, some areas have small to medium boulders but trail is generally very pleasant.

What a lovely trail, moderate and well-maintained. We started from the parking lot which had ample space for about 10 cars and proceeded up the Bracken Mountain Trail to Brushy Creek Trail. Total round-trip was 5 miles and you see a couple of mini waterfalls along the way.

running
rocky
washed out
14 days ago

Beautiful falls! Crowded. Easy trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Parking at Art Lobe trailhead and continuing along river towards the Brevard bike trail. Easy walk with a double b.o.b. Stroller. Lots of shade and views of river.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

The trail is an uphill challenge with switchbacks along the way. Trekking poles are a must to help you navigate roots and rocky ledges. It was doable at a good pace for this beginner. The downhill decent was a pleasure. The view was worth the sweat and burn!

The trail is difficult because of the elevation change on the way up (1700 feet up in about 2.5 miles). However, the view at the top is very rewarding and the trail is mostly shaded. I would not recommend this trail if it has been raining recently. I could see it being very muddy/slick.

backpacking
19 days ago

We backpacked from Daniel Boone to the end of the Narrows as well as up Cold Mountain. This is a great trail, but by no means an easy one. The trail is steep, technical in some areas, and in the Narrows very bushwacky. the hike out of deep Gap as others have said is a butt kicker as well as parts of the hike up cold mountain, but the views are with it . plenty of campsites from Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain , a few up the trail on cold mountain. there are no campsites until the end of the narrows after cold mountain. From Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain there are two water fill ups (2 miles and 2.5 miles in). Once you hit the cold mountain split, there is a trickle fill up out of 2 PVC pipes about a mile up the cold mountain trail. there is another fill up just before shining rock . there are very few blazes and signs on this trail, so come prepared. hiking poles would be highly recommended.

hiking
19 days ago

Went up the Art Loeb way which I recommenced its about 2 miles up with switchbacks but the other way down is a little longer but a lot easier. Summit is beautiful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
19 days ago

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